Magnesium is almost a magic cure all in pregnancy.
Having headaches? Take magnesium.
Leg Cramps? You need Magnesium.
Struggling with constipation? More Magnesium.
Having a ton of braxton hicks? Sounds like you need magnesium!
Trouble falling asleep? Take magnesium before bed!
Of course it isn’t going to actually cure all your pregnancy woes but we have seen this easy to take supplement relieve the above symptoms.
Magnesium is a mineral that can be hard to get in your day to day diet.
Foods that include magnesium are:
- Blackstrap molasses
- Brown Rice
Sufficient magnesium in a pregnant woman’s diet has been shown to decrease the rate of pre-eclampsia, low birth weight babies and fetal growth restriction. Magnesium works in conjunction with calcium so make sure you read our post on calcium!
Magnesium will help bone density both for you and baby. A research study that was conducted also linked sufficient magnesium intake during pregnancy to improved newborn sleep cycles and reduced risk of cerebral palsy. Other benefits include improved fetal circulation and lowered blood pressure.
Is It Safe?
While there are no studies that can state magnesium is 100% safe in pregnancy. Numerous studies have been done showing its benefits. Research that is available shows that babies either have positive benefits or none at all. It is important to not overdose yourself however. Taking to much magnesium can result in diarrhea, nausea, and cramping. Excessive diarrhea could cause too many contractions.
An excellent and easy way to let you know how much magnesium your body needs is by comfortable soft stool! A powdered form of magnesium is an easy way to adjust your dosage.
Did you take magnesium while you were pregnant? Did it help? Let us know in the comments!