Maternal diet during pregnancy is of special importance both for the proper growth of the fetus and for the health status of the pregnant woman. Among other dietary practices, habitual consumption of dairy products constitutes a significant part of a balanced diet during pregnancy.
Specifically, a pregnant woman should consume 4-6 servings of dairy products on a daily basis. One serving of dairy products provides 300 mg of calcium and is equivalent to one of the following:
- 1 cup of milk (250 ml)
- 200 grams of yogurt
- 30 grams of cheese
Calcium is a very important nutrient throughout lifespan, with particular emphasis on the period of adolescence, when bones grow very quickly, but also in adulthood, when calcium absorption is reduced and, as a result, a greater intake is required in order to cover the body’s needs.
How much calcium do we need daily?
The daily requirements of calcium vary by age and sex and are altered during pregnancy or lactation. The recommended daily needs in calcium and the amount of dairy products’ servings required to cover these needs are presented below.