Importance Of Calcium For Lactating Mothers


One morning I woke up and felt a severe pain in my right wrist. Though the pain had commenced a week back but it wasn’t unsurpassable. So, I kind of ignored it. As such a new responsibility of been a mother adds on your to do list that seems like never ending and on top of that such surprises that our body gives. But these are things that should not be given a cold shoulder. So, when the pain increased, I had to rush to the doctor as I wasn’t able to carry on my any daily task with it. I went to the doctor and she checked and said there is nothing serious to worry now but you need to take calcium supplement. I was lactating then and it was required to keep myself well supplied with a balanced diet. Calcium was lacking and I had to start my dose. After a couple of months, I was able to get my wrist back in its proper form.

Calcium plays a pivotal role in our daily lives. It is an essential and beneficial nutrient, more so for expecting mothers and lactating mothers.

Calcium forms a solid platform for bone and teeth development. For pregnant ladies, calcium quantity required is more than the non-expecting ones. The reason is that a developing baby needs it for bone and teeth foundations. Calcium also helps blood to clot normally, it ensures proper functioning of muscles and nerves and the heart to beat normally. Deficiency of calcium may lead to different health issues, Osteoporosis being one of them. In Osteoporosis, the bones become weak and are easily accessible for fracture if not taken care of properly as the bones become brittle. Thus, it’s important to take proper calcium rich foods and other calcium supplement tablets as prescribed by your doctor so that it doesn’t lead to any health issue.

For lactating mothers it is said that they lose some percent (3-5) of their bone mass. This amount is required by the growing baby which is been drawn from mother’s bones.

Expecting mothers and lactating mothers should try to include calcium rich food to meet the requirement. Food sources rich in Calcium include Milk, yoghurt, cheese, almonds and spinach. Though there are many more to add, however I have mentioned the ones that are easily available. Fish lovers don’t forget Salmon, a rich source of calcium.

Calcium also helps in the maintenance of healthy blood vessels, regulation of proper blood pressure, and even prevention of insulin resistance (which could lead to Type 2 diabetes).

Leafy greens, seafood, legumes, and fruits like oranges, dried apricots, dried figs and dates contain calcium. Just remember to try and pair non-dairy sources of calcium with vitamin D: The body needs vitamin D to help absorb calcium! Don’t forget to stay in sunlight for some time as it builds up Vitamin D which in turn helps in proper absorption of Calcium in the body.

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