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Khloe Kardashian made a big change to her diet for pregnancy

I’ve never been one for drinking a glass of milk and, honestly, I can take or leave cheese most of the time. But when I’m pregnant? Suddenly I crave those things like no one’s business—which is likely my body’s amazing response to those growing babies’ needs for calcium.


Expectant mama Khloe Kardashian is right there with me: Speaking to People, her nutritionist, Dr. Philip Goglia, says the typically strict star is easing up with her diet during pregnancy. “She’s added a smidge of dairy, and she makes sure to have good, consistent eating patterns and proper exercise protocols,” Goglia says, adding Kardashian is “doing great.”

Although it’s just “a smidge,” the addition of dairy is big for Kardashian, who said in 2016 that she lost 11 lbs. by cutting cheese and milk from her eating plan. But now that she is pregnant, her concern is helping her baby grow big and strong—and calcium is essential for that.

According to a report in the Journal of Perinatal Education, the average calcium demand of a fetus during the third trimester is 250 mcg. per day, which helps strengthen baby’s rapidly developing skeleton. The researchers note, “If the mother does not have adequate dietary calcium preconceptionally and during the pregnancy, significant maternal bone density could be lost, possibly putting her at risk for osteoporosis later in life.”

Of course, there are great ways to get calcium from non-dairy sources: dark greens, sunflower seeds, sweet potatoes, figs and even some types of fish can all contribute to that daily calcium quota.

To really safe-guard yourself, Dr. Holly Ruhl tells Motherly that calcium supplements may be worth considering. As a bonus, she writes, “If you’re experiencing morning sickness, a calcium antacid can work wonders for your troubled tummy.”

Or you could be like me and enjoy a nightly bowl of ice cream. ?

It sounds like Kardashian’s “smidge” doesn’t include a daily sundae and she’s also keeping up with a healthy exercise regimen. “She’s just a warrior,” Goglia says. “She really is fitness; it’s what defines her.”

Kardashian did catch a bit of flak for continuing to work out during pregnancy, but the fact is moderate exercise isn’t only safe, it’s proven to be beneficial for mamas and babies.

“My doctor wants me to work out everyday if I could, so I’m doing doctor’s orders and I feel good,” Kardashian said last month. “I don’t have swollen feet, I don’t have a lot of these things because I’m staying so active right now. So, as long as I can, I want to keep that up.”

Between working out and eating well, it’s clear Kardashian’s baby’s health is her top priority—and it sure is easier to follow medical advice when it includes orders to snack on some more cheese.

Who says you have to wait for birthdays or holidays to give your bestie a great gift? A sweet surprise that tells her you've been thinking of her might be the pick-me-up she needs in these more-than-trying times. We've rounded up some of our favorite go-to gifts that are certain to be a bright spot in her week. But be warned, you may want to snag a few for yourself. (You deserve it, mama.)

Here are some our favorite "just because" gifts to give our hardworking mama friends.

New Mother face + body care duo

volition face + body care duo

This correcting oil and stretch mark minimizer is perfect for the pregnant mama looking to keep her pregnancy glow. The correcting oil brightens the skin while reducing dark spots, and the stretch mark minimizer works to smooth her ever-growing belly.

$70

Allover roller

esker allover roller

This jade roller goes beyond your typical face roller and can be used anywhere on the body. It works to increase stimulation and reduce puffiness and is perfect for applying any oils to the face or body. Plus, it feels like a mini spa treatment.

$65

Kombucha making kit

farmsteady kombucha making kit

What could be a more perfect gift for the health-obsessed friend? This kombucha making kit comes with everything you need to brew your own homemade green tea kombucha. They'll think this is the tastiest gift ever.

$45

Laetitia lipstick

cupid & psyche laetitia

This red lipstick is perfect for your makeup enthusiast bestie who is looking to spruce up her life in quarantine. Crafted in the United States, these bee and vegan-friendly and cruelty-free lipsticks are created to flatter all complexions. Cupid and Psyche Beauty makes finding the perfect red lip way too easy!

$23

Jigsaw puzzle

inner piecec jigsaw puzzle

Mamas need to destress now more than ever during quarantine. This adorable jigsaw puzzle is perfect for the mama who needs a brain break! The 500-piece puzzle designed by artist Ray Oranges features an abstract gradient design that fits a standard frame when completed. Bonus: It's printed on recycled paper and the company donates $1 from every puzzle sold to youth mindfulness programs.

$30

Matilda's Bloombox

matilda's bloombox

If we have to be stuck inside, we might as well have some gorgeous florals to brighten up the space. Matilda's Bloombox locally sources blooms, delivers them to her door and provides simple tips on how to arrange it into a beautiful bouquet.

$39

'I Am Enough' bracelet

I Am Enough bracelet

Let this dainty bracelet serve as a constant reminder to your bestie that she is enough. She'll wear this on her wrist and read this daily oath to herself, "I Am Enough."

$35

Glow assorted teas

vahdam low assorted teas

This tea gift box set covers the entire spectrum of flavors from sweet to spicy. Individually packaged in beautiful tins, your gal pal will feel like a queen sipping her morning tea. Originally $40, this set is currently on sale for just $24. We'll take two, please.

$24

Find your voice journal

find your voice journal

Journaling is a great way to ease anxiety and will slow your bestie's racing mind before bed. This gift is perfect for first time journalists and includes prompts, daily quotes and coloring pages to help her unlock her potential and find her voice.

$22

Premium frother

shore magic premium frother

This gift is fitting for your latte-sipping bestie who can't go a day without her coffee. All she has to do is add two scoops of collagen to her favorite drink, and she'll have a perfectly foamy drink ready in seconds. Skipping the drive-thru line has never been so easy!

$25

Bath soak infusion kit

maude bath soak infusion kit

Say hello to hydration! She'll be feeling smooth and relaxed as ever after a long bath soaking in these salts. This vegan + cruelty-free set incorporates dead sea salt and dehydrated coconut milk powder for an ultra hydrating experience.

$32

Tiny Tags 'mama' necklace

Tiny Tags 'mama' necklace

It's a hard-earned title she answers to a hundred times per day. Whether she's new to the club or a seasoned professional, this delicate script 'mama' necklace is guaranteed to be a perfect fit.

$105

Superfood honey

Beekeeper's Naturals B.Powered honey

With a lack of sleep and jam-packed days, getting through the afternoon can be a real challenge. Send her a powerful pick-me-up in the form of a therapeutic blend of royal jelly, bee pollen, propolis and raw honey. It makes the ideal companion for tea, smoothies, yogurt or even on its on.

$17

Calming midnight mask with melatonin

Who doesn't deserve a reminder to pamper themself every once in awhile? Even better, this mask does all its work at night while you're sleeping with no extra effort needed. It's an amazing plant-powered antioxidant-packed mask that has melatonin, wild dandelion leaf and hyaluronic acid to rehydrate, repair and reset facial skin. It's so good, you might want to gift it to yourself. We won't tell, mama.

$68

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