|Healthy Bones During Pregnancy|
|Pregnancy as well as breastfeeding normally causes changes in woman’s body and for the good health of mother and baby bones affected these times doctors should take care of it. From the first days of pregnancy the baby, growing in mother’s womb, needs a lot of calcium to develop its skeleton. If the amount of calcium, taken by mother, is not enough the baby get it from mother’s bones. Consequently it leads to mother’s calcium deficit. |
In order to protect calcium reserves pregnant women bodies absorb calcium from food better than not pregnant, produce hormone estrogen that protects bones and finally restore bone mass within several months after baby’s delivery. The National Academy of Sciences advise to consume 1,000mg. of calcium a day to provide daily norm.
The good news is that pregnant women have healthy bones overall and the more woman is pregnant the lower her risk to have fracture. Mostly, women who had osteoporosis during pregnancy completely recover lost bones after delivering baby and stop breastfeeding. Unlike older women, teenage mothers are at high risk for bone loss and for osteoporosis later, because their skeleton is still developing and during pregnancy the baby takes mother’s need in calcium to built its own.
• take care of your bones throughout life
• follow balanced diet during pregnancy, consuming products rich on calcium , such as yogurt, cheese and ice-cream, dark green leafy vegetables, canned fish, almonds, fruit juice, cereals and breads
• take vitamin and mineral supplements during pregnancy and breastfeeding
• take regular exercises to maintain your muscles and bones, be active during pregnancy
• do not drink alcohol
• do not smoke