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27 Jun, 2012

It’s a bit of a shitty time at the moment – Mike is going away to Sri Lanka tomorrow for 2 long weeks, then I’ve got money worries, house renovations and I have to decide the colour of the baby’s room right NOW. And to add insult injury I woke up yesterday crying my eyes out after a very vivid dream that my little brother had thrown himself off a balcony in front of me. So I’d say that all in all I’m feeling a wee bit stressed!

In a bid to keep it light today, I’m going to talk about Calcium instead! When in doubt think about food (I also tried the exercise circuit (by Abigail Kluttz that I told you about on Monday), which was hard and made me feel a bit better).

So, calcium. Why is it so important in your pregnancy diet? Well, it primarily makes junior’s teeth and bones. It also regulates nerve impulses and releases hormones, which is apparently important for lots of things (very technical, egg head). We need to be getting 8.5-10mg/day.

Once again you can have too much, known as Hypercalcemia, and according to Livestrong an excess of calcium can cause depression, headaches, fatigue and anxiety. It may also increase blood pressure. It’s pretty hard to have too much as anything up to 2500 mg/day is OK, so in order to get enough calcium, you should be able to get it through your diet as it is in lots of things we eat. For example:

  • Dairy products
  • Fish with edible bones
  • Dried fruit
  • Bread
  • Almonds
  • Green leafy vegetables (watercress, broccoli, spinach, curly kale, etc)
  • Chickpeas and kidney beans

Happily, lots of these foods are good for getting the other vitamins we need in our pregnancy diet. In addition, almonds, green leafy veg and chickpeas fall into the prevent stretch mark diet too, so get stuck in!

After getting everything on my prevent stretch mark shopping list I was then faced with the issue of what the hell do you do with curly kale? One solution is to juice it with lots of nice things to disguise the taste but I was also hoping I might be able to actually eat it AND enjoy it and then I found this gorgeousness…

kale recipe pregnancy diet

Kale Veggie Slaw with Sesame Miso Dressing, by Shira of inpursuitofmore.com – I was going to put the gist on here but having revisited the post I think you should go there yourself as it’s such a lovely site and the pictures are amazing and will really whet your appetite (something I thought I would never say in conjunction with Kale!). She also talks about having a good laugh, which is just what I need at the moment! – This avocado reminds me of a time when I dropped half an avocado on the floor – doesn’t sound funny but Alex (best mate) and I had hysterics for a good half an hour about it.

The other important thing to note about Calcium is that you should eat it with Vitamin D to help your body absorb the Calcium. So maybe add a hard boiled egg or a salmon fillet to the salad above! For tips on what to eat, please see my post on Vitamin D in your pregnancy diet. Happy munching!