Calcium is an important nutrient for strong bones, and it supports blood and nerve health. Most of the calcium in your body is found inside your bones. During pregnancy, your body delivers calcium to your growing baby to support development. Without adequate calcium in your diet, your growing baby may draw calcium from your bones, which may put you at risk for osteoporosis, or thinning bones, later in life. Cleveland Clinic suggests that you obtain about 1,200 mg of calcium per day during pregnancy.
Calcium is found in dairy products, including milk and milk-based products. Incorporate dairy products into snacks and meals for a versatile way to add calcium to your pregnancy diet. One cup of milk, including whole, low-fat or skim milk, contains about 280 mg. of calcium. Cheese, including sliced cheese, shredded cheese and ricotta and cream cheese are also rich in calcium. Yogurt and ice cream are also dairy sources of calcium.