Where Do Baby’s Bones Come From? From Mommy!
While strong teeth boost your self-esteem with a beautiful smile, strong bones protect you from osteoporosis in your later life. Thus, it is crucial for you to consume calcium at any stage of your life, especially during pregnancy.
Prior to pregnancy, it is advisable to start build up and maintain an adequate level of calcium reservoir in your body as it helps to:
- Trigger the embryo’s growth process.
- Create a conducive environment for fertilisation.
- Assure healthy bones development in your baby when you enter the pregnancy phase.
Calcium supports healthy development process in baby and increases the chances for you to have a smoother pregnancy journey. During pregnancy, calcium demand is greater than other days as its role is to:
- Aid in the baby’s healthy development of bones and teeth. This process could use up your calcium reservoir.
- Regulate your body fluid usage.
- Restore your calcium storage.
- Reduce the likelihood of muscle cramp.
A study showed that nursing moms often lose 3 to 5 percent of their bone mass during the breastfeeding period.1 This happens due to the baby’s growing requirement and the process draws calcium from your bones into the breast milk. Thus, a high intake of calcium is crucial as it helps to:
- Replenish your bone density and reduce the risk of osteoporosis in later life.
- Support the continuous development of strong bones and teeth in the baby.
- Improve your oral health.
HAPPY DAYS AHEAD
Your baby has weaned off and it does not mean that you should stop taking calcium. In this period, your bone will undergo a recovery process and you are required to maintain your calcium intake to:
- Support healthy bone mass recovery process.
- Reduce the risk of you having osteoporosis.
- Enable better posture to improve your appearance and make you look and feel more youthful.
- Improve your body strength, balance and support.
1. Kolthoff N, Eiken P, Kristensen B, Nielsen SP. Bone mineral changes during pregnancy and lactation: a longitudinal cohort study. Clin Sci. 1998;94:405–12.