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PREGNANCY: SPECIAL NUTRITION FOR FIRST-TIME MOTHERS OVER THIRTY

Perhaps the greatest nutritional difference between mothers over thirty and those under is the former’s need for more calcium. Pregnant or not, the older a woman gets, the greater her need for calcium.
Calcium pills are not advised as a replacement for milk, unless prescribed by a doctor, but if you dislike drinking milk, you can always disguise it in soups, puddings, quiches, and a variety of other dishes. For example:
Dandi cottage scrambles
(1 serving = approx. 82 mg. calcium)
2 eggs                                       pepper to taste
1   scant tbsp. butter or            4 oz cottage cheese
margarine
Beat eggs. Melt butter in frying pan and pour in eggs. As they begin to set, add cottage cheese and then scramble in pan until done. Add salt and pepper. (One serving)
Banana beauty
(1 serving = approx. 296 mg. calcium)
2 sliced ripe bananas                   3/4 pint reconstituted nonfat
1/4 cup orange juice                       dry milk (but substitute 1 cup
dash of vanilla                             ice cubes for each cup water)
Put ingredients into blender – adding ice slowly – and blend until thick and creamy. (Two to three servings)
Honey heaven
(1 serving = approx. 296 mg. calcium)
1 cup skim (or low fat) milk 3/4  tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. honey                               cinnamon
Warm milk, honey, and vanilla, then pour quickly in blender to froth. Serve and sprinkle with cinnamon. (One serving)
Using tahini – which is made from sesame seeds – mixed with yoghurt makes a fine dip for raw calcium-rich and low-calorie vegetables, such as broccoli.
Also be sure to include plenty of foods rich in vitamin B6 and folic acid in your diet, particularly whole-grains and vegetables.
Supplement Suggestions
•   High-potency multiple vitamin and mineral, a.m. and p.m.
•   Multiple chelated minerals (2 tablets should equal 1,000 mg. calcium and 500 mg. magnesium), a.m. and p.m.
•   Folic acid, 800 mcg., 3 times daily
Caution: The above regimen is neither prescriptive nor intended as medical advice. Before starting any regimen, check with your doctor.
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