Pregnancy comes with all kinds of cravings and changed dietary needs, making even the strictest eaters change things up a bit. And Khloe Kardashian is no exception.
Khloe’s nutritionist Philip Goglia tells People that the healthy-minded Kardashian sister is still eating really well, but she’s made some tweaks to her diet. “She’s added a smidge of dairy," says Goglia, "and she makes sure to have good, consistent eating patterns and proper exercise protocols.”
Khloe has been pretty anti-dairy for a while—she told People in 2016 that she lost 5kg in a month after she cut out milk and cheese. “I didn’t want it to be true, because cheese was my vice!” she said. She also noticed that it gave her a boost in other areas, too. “My skin also got clearer, I had more energy, and I wasn’t congested,” she said.
Still, it’s not a bad idea to reintroduce dairy to your diet when you’re pregnant, says Jessica Cording, a New York-based R.D.—and a lot of it has to do with calcium. “Calcium is a very important nutrient during pregnancy,” she says, since your body's calcium stores help with your baby's bone development. “While calcium can be found in plenty of non-dairy foods like tofu, almonds, and dark leafy greens like broccoli and salmon, many women find it easier to meet their needs when they incorporate some dairy products.”
Dairy products can give you more than just calcium, Cording says—vitamin D, protein, and probiotics are all found in fermented dairy products like yoghurt and kefir.
Dairy also provides key nutrients that are vital for the development of the baby’s bones, teeth, muscles, nerves, and heart development, says women’s health expert Jennifer Wider, M.D.
If you’re avoiding dairy for dietary reasons only, Julie Upton, R.D., and co-founder of Appetite for Health, recommends “strongly considering adding dairy back during pregnancy and while breastfeeding.” She adds, “You get a lot of nutrition per calorie with low-fat dairy foods like 1 per cent milk and low-fat plain yoghurt.”
If you can't consume dairy or it ultimately isn't your thing, supplements like prenatal vitamins can help cover some or all of your calcium needs, Cording says. Checking in with your doctor is also crucial. "It's important to discuss with your doctor to make a plan that will be individualized to your own needs and the needs of the baby,” Wider says.
One thing Khloé isn't changing? Her workouts. “She’s just a warrior,” Goglia says. “She really is fitness; it’s what defines her."
This article originally appeared on Women’s Health US.