Calcium and Pregnancy, Why You Should #BumpUpYourCalcium During This Special Time

If you are pregnant, breastfeeding or trying to become pregnant, speak with your healthcare provider before taking any supplements.

This post is brought to you by Viactiv #BumpUpYourCalcium

Pregnancy is a unique experience, to say the least. Some women love it, others not so much. Me, personally by 38 weeks with both of my pregnancies I was “done”, but as soon as my little one(s) arrived I knew I’d do it all over again. (I think they call that pregnancy amnesia, ha!)

I am pretty sure that all Moms can agree on two things:

1. The body changes are less than flattering. Stuff, um stretches, padding accumulates in areas and things shrink (cough – bladder – cough).

2. It’s a crazy, beautiful, non-glamours experience meeting your baby for the first time. Nothing can compare to counting their fingers and toes and looking into their eyes thinking “I made that!”.

From the moment of conception our children relay on us, women for comfort, shelter love and nutrition.

Our very first responsibility as a Mother is making sure we are getting the recommended amount of vitamins and minerals each day to help support our growing baby. Folic acid, iron, and calcium are just a few top contenders that your child and you need.

Your little love bug is going to taking what he/she needs from you during this wondrous time. Are you taking what you need for YOU? It’s easy to forget about yourself, when you’re caring around your little one, but proper nutrition for Mom has a lasting impact and long term effects, after pregnancy.

A key ingredient, if you will, to a healthy Mom is strong bones and it all starts with calcium.

Why YOU need Calcium During Pregnancy

The majority of women, in general have a calcium deficiency, and if you are one of those women it can take a serious toll on your bones, especially during pregnancy.

Low calcium levels, can cause adverse effects including an increased risk of skeletal fragility as well osteoporosis. (source)

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has this to say on calcium intake during pregnancy: “Currently, in our population, we need to focus our emphasis on maternal nutrition, especially adequate vitamin D and calcium intake, which may pave way in the long run for prevention of future bone health related.”

You may be thinking “I take a prenatal every day, not a concern for me!” Shockingly, many prenatal vitamins are lacking in the calcium department. Only 20-30% of them actually meet the recommended daily amount of 1000 mg of calcium for women who are pregnant.

How to #BumpUpYourCalcium

Eat a milk chocolate or caramel calcium chew. Yep, you read that right!

Viactiv Calcium Soft Chews are super yummy, and just one chew has 500 mg of calcium. They’re available in two flavors, milk chocolate and caramel. Without the wrapping you’d never know it was a vitamin they are that good!

Bonus, you get to eat two a day! You’ll hit your daily goal of 1000 mg of calcium, plus you’re getting vitamins K and D. I wish all sweet indulgences had the same benefits!

In a survey of 1,000 OB/GYN offices nationwide, 7 out of 10 OB/GYNS recommend a calcium supplement during pregnancy and, of those who do, 9 out of 10 recommend Viactiv. (Source: BrandPerx July 2015 survey of 1000 OB/GYN offices nationwide)

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Viactiv Calcium Soft Chews are available at major retailers including CVS, Rite Aid, Target, and Walmart, as well as supermarkets nationwide.

Viactiv Calcium Soft Chews are intended to help achieve recommended daily dietary levels of these nutrients as a supplement to diet/food sources and do not replace the need for a prenatal vitamin.

Learn more about #Viactiv and pregnancy here.

This is a product-provided, sponsored conversation on behalf of Viactiv that contains affiliate links. I received Viactiv Calcium Soft Chews for my own personal use. This post is not intended to address or diagnose any medical conditions. All opinions, text and experiences are my own. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. If you are pregnant, nursing or planning on becoming pregnant, speak with your healthcare provider if you have any specific health questions or prior to taking any dietary supplements.