All women including pregnant women aged 19 years and older should get 1000 mg of calcium daily those aged 14 18 years should get 1300 mg daily milk and other dairy products such as cheese and yogurt are the best sources of calcium. Pregnancy nutrition is essential for the health and wellness of your baby learn about the nutrition for pregnancy and how it invests in you and your baby pregnant women only crave the foods their bodies need fact pregnant women can crave foods of any type cravings should not be the sole indicator of nutritional needs the purpose . Effective counseling for pregnant women is a powerful weapon against this ignorance but will only occur if the physician understands the importance of nutritional education in prenatal visits. Pregnant women are particularly vulnerable to nutrient deficiencies due to the requirements of the growing baby during the pregnancy in low income countries many women have diets with low content of vitamins and minerals and they participate in long hours of physical labour they are also exposed to recurrent infections which make nutritional deficiencies worse. The recommended dietary intake for non pregnant women 1000 mg a day for women aged 19 to 50 years and 1300 mg a day for adolescents or those aged over 51 remains unchanged during pregnancy and breastfeeding
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