Why Pregnant Women Might Be Low In Magnesium

Beautiful pregnant woman lying on bedJust as your body uses Magnesium to nourish your own muscles, organs and nervous system – It also takes a lot of nutrients to nourish and grow a healthy baby, and Magnesium is no exception.

Due to the growth of a developing baby, the magnesium requirement rises during pregnancy. If the mother is already low in Magnesium mineral stores, she will become further depleted as her body takes Magnesium to build a healthy baby, leaving her deficient.

Research also suggests that Magnesium excretion increases during pregnancy.

Due to metabolic changes in pregnant women, their excretion of Magnesium via the urine is increased by about 25%

3 reasons pregnant woman are often low in Magnesium
  1. A pregnant woman’s body and baby have a higher demand for Magnesium during pregnancy.
  2. Many pregnant women are not getting enough Magnesium in their diet.
  3. A pregnant woman excretes significantly more Magnesium in her urine.

In the second half of pregnancy, it becomes even harder to get enough magnesium from the diet.

Symptoms of low Magnesium levels include leg cramps, fluid retention, muscle twitching and restless legs. If the Magnesium deficiency is not treated it can be even the cause of premature labour pains. In this case a Magnesium deficiency should be clarified with a healthcare professional.

Benefits of Magnesium supplementation during pregnancy

In a large study of over 500 pregnant women, those who were treated with magnesium had significantly fewer hospitalisations, fewer incidences of preeclampsia, premature labour and better cervix function. Numerous studies worldwide support significant, multiple protective benefits for both mother and baby from Magnesium supplementation during pregnancy.

If you would like to find out more about Magnesium levels during pregnancy, you should contact your healthcare professional, or for a quick check; take our Magnesium Minute Survey.

 

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