Milk-Free Diet?! Yes!
One of the most challenging things for lactose intolerant moms are “Drinking 4 glasses of milk a day would make me feel really sick. But don’t babies need milk?”. While, the ability to digest lactose may improve for numerous women as the pregnancy progresses. Therefore, it’s possible that you can consume milk and other dairy products even though you are normally lactose intolerant. But remember, your free pass to the dairy case will probably expire once the baby arrives.
Another fact is, it’s not milk your baby needs, it’s calcium! Although, drinking a lot of milk is the one most often recommended for pregnant women, it doesn’t really mean milk. Since milk is one of nature’s finest and most convenient sources of calcium in the American diet. Hence, you don’t have to suffer while your baby can still grow healthy teeth and bones.
Even if regular milk trunks your tummy, you can easily turn to lactose-free milk products, especially some are fortified with extra calcium. Make sure to check labels and choose one that is! By the way, taking a lactase tablet before ingesting regular milk or milk products, or adding lactase drops to regular milk, can also minimize or eliminate dairy-induced tummy troubles.
If you cannot handle any dairy products or are allergic to them, you can still get all the calcium your baby requires by drinking calcium-fortified juices or almond milk and eating the non-dairy yet calcium-rich foods.
4 ounces canned salmon with bones
3 ounces canned sardines with bones
3 tablespoons ground sesame seeds
1 cup cooked greens, such as kale or collards
1 ½ cups cooked Chinese cabbage
2 ½ cups cooked edamame
If you cannot seem to get enough calcium into your diet, take a calcium supplement! You also need to be sure that you’re getting enough vitamin D at the same time which actually boosts absorption of calcium, and you’ll also be getting some in your prenatal supplement.