Calcium Intake in Pregnancy

The recommended daily amount of calcium for pregnant and lactating women is 1200mg per day. When you're pregnant, your developing baby needs calcium to build strong bones and teeth; to grow a healthy heart, nerves, and muscles; and to develop a normal heart rhythm and blood-clotting abilities. If you don't get enough calcium in your diet when you're pregnant, your baby will draw it from your bones, which may impair your own health later on.

Below you will find a list of foods that are rich in Calcium

Food with Calcium Serving size Calcium per serving (mg)*
Dairy products
Milk† 1 cup 290-300
Swiss cheese 1 oz (slice) 250-270
Yogurt 1 cup 240-400
American cheese 1 oz (slice) 165-200
Ice cream or frozen dessert 1/2 cup 90-100
Cottage cheese 1/2 cup 80-100
Parmesan cheese 1 Tbs 70
Powdered nonfat milk 1 tsp 50
Sardines in oil (with bones) 3 oz 370
Canned salmon (with bones) 3 oz 170-210
Broccoli 1 cup 160-180
Soybean curd (tofu) 4 oz 145-155
Turnip greens 1/2 cup, cooked 100-125
Kale 1/2 cup, cooked 90-100
Corn bread 2 1/2-in. square 80-90
Egg 1 medium 55
Calcium-fortified food (bread, cereals, fruit juices)‡ 1 serving Varies

Nutritional foods

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.