Pregnancy. It is an amazing time in your life, but it is also one filled with anxiousness, concern and an overwhelming volume of advice, particularly when it comes to diet, supplements and basically every little thing you put in or on your body.
So we want to say upfront is that we recognise this can be an emotive topic for some and also that everyone and body is very different. Each pregnant woman will approach her journey in a different way and you should only ever follow what you feel comfortable with and what you have discussed with your health care providers.
Now onto the topic at hand. We get a lot of questions asking about Magnesium and Pregnancy, so we thought we'd tackle them in one swoop and leave them up here as a reference. (But of course feel free to email us at any time if you think of any thing else!)
1. Why is Magnesium important in Pregnancy?
As a mineral that is key to the formation of bone, protein and fatty acids you can see why it would be important as your body is working 24/7 to create another little body. This is especially true during the second trimester of your pregnancy when the baby's skeleton and tooth enamel form so magneisum (along with other minerals such as calcium) is required in higher amounts by the growing bub - who essentially steals your stash.
In addition to this it can also help your blood to clot appropriately and to relax your muscles. Now aside from leg cramps (which we will get to), this point about muscles is important. Studies have shown that preventing Magneisum deficiency (ie keeping your Mg level high and healthy!) may prevent premature labour (1). The theory being that by maintaining relaxed muscles in the womb, premature contractions are avoided.
2. My leg cramps are killer - can Magnesium really help?
In short yes. Speaking from experience I found that spraying Magnesium Oil directly to my cramping calf at 2am in the morning (and then rubbing in) had an almost instantaneous soothing effect. I also found my restless legs were far less restless this pregnancy when I was diligent in applying my Magnesium Oil before bed.
From a scientific view point, there is clinical evidence that Magnesium can assist in relieving leg cramps during pregnancy (2). Leg cramps during pregnancy are often associated with low levels of Magnesium, therefore increasing your daily intake will generally help reduce the occurrence or at least severity.
3. Are there any benefits for my baby?
Scientists researching the impact of taking magnesium during pregnancy concluded that women taking magnesium supplements had a reduced chance of having low birthweight and premature babies, and that their babies recorded better Apgar score (3 & 4). All of which definitely fall in the positive impact camp.
There is also the benefit of the impact Magneisum can have on stress and tension. Reduced stress in mum can only be good for bubs - both during pregnancy and after.
4. Are your Magnesium products safe to use during pregnancy*?
Yes. You will find all of the ingredients listed on our products (not just the active ones) so you can even take them along to your healthcare provider to double check if that makes you feel more comfortable. Our Magnesium is also tested in Australia and does not contain any heavy metals or contaminants - so it is literally the salt of the earth!
One thing you should be aware of that is that during pregnancy you may be overly sensitive to Magnesium Oil as ours is quite concentrated - which basically means it could tingle on your skin when you apply it. We suggest either starting with only one or two sprays and working up to 10-20 per day or alternatively using either our Bath Salts or Magnesium Body Balm to build up tolerance slowly but still get the benefit of transdermal magnesium absorption.
*This article is not intended to provide medical advice or to be taken as a recommendation. Please always consult with your health care professionals before introducing supplements of any kind.
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