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Magnesium Magic for your Pregnancy
10 ways magnesium does wonders for you and your yet-to-be-born baby
Giving birth should be a time for celebration for most women, but for many it is a time of great anxiety— Will the baby be alright? Am I eating fine? How painful will be the labor? Will an epidural taken during labor impact the baby? So on and so forth.
Not only is pregnancy a state of great stress, for some women it can also a time of great discomfort—morning sickness, nausea, leg cramps and mood swings are common. One good way of keeping these symptoms in check is to maintain good nutrition and have adequate amounts of vitamins and minerals like calcium and magnesium throughout your pregnancy.
Your doctor will probably put you on a prenatal multivitamin and calcium supplements as soon as the pregnancy is confirmed. Another mineral that is of great importance in pregnancy is magnesium.
Magnesium during Pregnancy
Magnesium is involved in many essential bodily functions. Magnesium helps build strong bones and teeth, regulates insulin and blood-sugar levels, and helps certain enzymes function properly. It also controls cholesterol and irregular heart beats.
The healthy growth and development of the fetus depend on a steady supply of nutrients from the mother. During pregnancy your body needs more of this mineral and RDA recommends between 350 and 360 mg of magnesium daily for pregnant women, as compared to the 310 to 320 mg recommended for non-pregnant or nursing women.
Physical and emotional stress during pregnancy also increases magnesium requirements, which means that pregnant women who do not intake sufficient amount of magnesium are at a risk of becoming magnesium deficient. Magnesium deficiency during pregnancy can lead to many serious consequences for you and your baby. 1. And a severe deficiency of magnesium during pregnancy may lead to preeclampsia, birth defects, infant mortality and pre-mature labor. (Read more about prevention and management of preeclampsia with magnesium here)
Miracles of Magnesium in Pregnancy
Getting enough magnesium during your pregnancy will make you feel healthier and help you cope better with discomforts related to increased hormonal activity. Here are some ways in which magnesium is good for you and your baby during your pregnancy:
Research on Positive role of Magnesium in Pregnancy
Adding Magnesium to your Pre-natal Diet
If you are pregnant, or are planning to have a child soon, take plenty of magnesium in your diet. Add plenty of magnesium rich foods to your diet. (For a list of magnesium rich foods, click here). If for any reason you're worried that you may not be getting enough magnesium in your diet, then make sure that you take a magnesium supplement. Specific antenatal vitamin tablets will include magnesium, but probably in very low doses, so it may make more sense to take a stand-alone supplement like Natural Calm, that is formulated to also work for nursing and pregnant mothers. Natural Calm comes as a powder that creates a highly absorbable liquid.
Another effective alternative is Magnesium Rub or Magnesium Gel. Magnesium Rub is a sea water concentrate, with the sodium removed, and when applied directly to your skin, it absorbs much the same way magnesium sulphate or Epsom salt does (transdermal). Apply a little of the Magnesium Rub on your hand and rub directly to the skin for maximum benefit.
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