Calcium During Breastfeeding and Pregnancy

on Apr 04, 2016

by Dr. Renee Hanton, MD

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Calcium is an important part of any woman's life. It is something that is needed to keep the bones healthy and can help a woman avoid diseases like osteoporosis.

Calcium is an important part of any woman’s life. It is something that is needed to keep the bones healthy and can help a woman avoid diseases like osteoporosis. Making sure you are getting the recommended calcium for your age is an important part of life. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

However, when you are pregnant, you need to be specifically cautious of the amount of calcium you are receiving. Because calcium is also important to the growth and development of your baby, you should start by talking to your doctor about taking additional amounts while you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Pregnancy and your Bones

As before mentioned, having enough calcium for your growing baby is a top concern for women while they are pregnant. Luckily, the body has put some things in place to help protect the amount of calcium that a woman does have in her body.

First, the body increases the amount of estrogen that is produced while the woman is pregnant. This is actually something that can help protect your bones. Also, women who are pregnant tend to absorb calcium from food at a better rate than women who are not pregnant. This is especially true after the woman reaches the halfway mark in her pregnancy.

Finally, after the baby is born, a woman’s bones will become denser. This process usually occurs throughout the time when a woman is breastfeeding. It is something that can help replace any bone that was lost while the woman was using more calcium than normal to grow her baby.

Pregnancy is Good for your Bones

One interesting study shows that being pregnant is actually something that can improve the overall health of the bone. Women who have been pregnant for longer than 28 weeks, tend to have denser bones than women who have not become pregnant. With each pregnancy, her bones become more and more dense.

However, women who are still in their teens when they become pregnant may not have this luxury. Research has not been able to determine if these set of mothers are able to recoup the bone loss that is common during a pregnancy.

Regardless of your age, it is best to discuss with your doctor everything you are taking in the way of supplements. You should also discuss your typical diet as well as certain things you should remove from it or add to it. Doing this will help you determine what you need to do to stay healthy and protect the health of your bones in the best way.

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Dr. Renee Hanton is ConceiveEasy's Senior Physician with expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of infertility. Dr. Hanton specializes in the endocrine causes of infertility, such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

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