Why are calcium supplements so important for pregnant and breastfeeding women?
Because nutrients needs are deeply heightened for women who are in their reproductive years, calcium levels are essential to keep maintained. When dietary intake falls below required needs, bone mobilization occurs, releasing calcium into the bloodstream via PTH hormone.
However, this mineral release will also liberate lead from bones, transferring it to the child (maternal-fetal) through blood or through breastmilk.
Unfortunately, lead exposure is common. Our water supply comes, more often than not, from lead pipes. Lead found in pottery, soldering, housing materials, paints, and pesticides can also be absorbed and deposited into soft tissues and primarily into bones.
Did you know that vitamin D and other substances can increase lead absorption? Thankfully, calcium supplements can compete and prevent the absorption of lead. This will also help to keep lead in place in the bones, where, during pregnancy and breastfeeding, you and baby are most protected.
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