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Pregnancy: Mommy’s Calcium Needs Before and After Pregnancy

While pregnant, I took Anmum milk everyday and finished off whatever was left after delivery. But I didn’t continue drinking milk after that. Who has time to do so during the baby’s first few weeks right? But a week after I gave birth, my tooth cracked and gave me a terrible toothache.

Going to the dentist was not an option because I just gave birth and people were telling me I’d get binat. I depended on Alaxan to get me through but finally had my tooth continue its root canal procedure. Just weeks after that tooth was fixed, I got another crack on another molar tooth.

Are my teeth turning into chalk? I could feel micrometers of the tooth crumbling down like one. Then I heard fellow moms who just gave birth are having the same ordeal. What we forgot was how we need calcium more, even after birth.

Recently, Unilab Nutritionals launched Athena, the country’s first and only milk brand that understands women.

Athena promises more benefits than any other skimmed milk brand in the Philippines by offering Beautrition – a combination of beauty and nutrition that gives women a triad of benefits to help them win their everyday battles:

  • Beautiful Skin. Athena provides anti-oxidants (Vitamin A, E & Zinc) to help women’s skin become healthier and more beautiful.
  • Strong Bones. Athena is high in calcium to help strengthen women’s bones.
  • Slim Figure. Athena is low in fat to help women maintain a slimmer figure.

Athena is available in leading supermarkets, groceries and drugstores nationwide. I have two boxes of this in two flavors, vanilla and chocolate. I hope it does make my bones stronger so I don’t end up with osteoporosis.

Mommies, what are your sources of calcium and do you still drink milk everyday?

Mommy Lace is a blogger from the Philippines. She started this blog to share information on pregnancy, breastfeeding, childcare, family, and health.

Study: milk fortified with micronutrients help prevent childhood sickness

Breastfeeding is still best for babies, but for moms who are not able to breastfeed – here is some news I found regarding fortified milk.  According to a study, milk fortified with specific micronutrients can greatly reduce the risk of childhood diseases especially in the first two years of life, report researchers in milestone study.

The clinical study has proven that milk fortified with a special combination of micronutrients can improve the health of children by reducing the incidence of childhood diseases including diarrhea, acute respiratory tract infections such as pneumonia, or nutritional deficiencies like iron deficiency and anemia, and can have a positive impact on the weight and height of growing toddlers.

Researchers studied children residing in New Delhi, India who received supplementation of milk fortified with a specific bundle of micronutrients including Vitamins A, C, E, Iron, Zinc, Selenium and Copper over a period of one year. The children who consumed the fortified milk were better protected from common illnesses and were able to benefit from improved immunity to certain diseases compared to children who consumed milk with natural levels of micronutrients.

Lead researcher Dr. Sunil Sazawal, a distinguished expert on child health and an Associate Research Professor at the Department of International Health, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, stressed the importance of the correct combination of micronutrients to provide the maximum health benefits to growing children.

“It is always a question and an issue of the right combination of vitamins and nutrients for any form of nutritional supplementation to achieve full effectiveness. That is why it is crucial to utilize a carefully selected bundle of nutrients and use it in the right levels. Iron and zinc, for instance hold key roles in the immune system, while vitamin C was added to the formulation to aid the absorption of specific nutrients.”

He also shared how the vehicle in delivering essential micronutrients is equally important in making sure young children are able to successfully receive the nutritional benefits, and milk offers a great and natural method of delivery.

Yielding groundbreaking results that can help improve child health, the research was funded and supported by Fonterra, the world’s leader in dairy nutrition that is committed to bringing the best quality dairy products designed to improve the health of children around the globe.

Mommy Lace is a blogger from the Philippines. She started this blog to share information on pregnancy, breastfeeding, childcare, family, and health.