The benefits of using magnesium in pregnancy

jessica morris

MG Magnesium Spray is a pregnancy safe spray which is part of our third trimester box. The spray is quickly absorbed into the body, helping to ease sore muscles and joints associated with the latter stages of pregnancy. 

The good folk at Magnesium Lab have written us a blog post below outlining the benefits of using magnesium in pregnancy. 

Magnesium is an essential mineral that can improve sleep quality, reduce fatigue and relax tight muscles. It is required by every cell in the human body to work properly and plays a part in hundreds of chemical reactions that support healthy immune, muscle and nerve function.

Over 75% of the UK population regularly do not get enough Magnesium in their diets, which is heavily due to changing farming methods and the increased consumption of processed foods.

Deficiency of Magnesium is extremely common during and after pregnancy, due to the increased levels of Magnesium being excreted. 

Magnesium can be found within foods such as leafy greens, fish, nuts, seeds and bananas. A balanced diet will generally deliver good mineral levels, but pregnancy and breastfeeding often cause Magnesium excretion at a much higher rate. This can often be due to added stresses during pregnancy, physical exertion and also passing essential minerals onto your baby via the placenta.

Ingesting a lot of Magnesium all at once is not advised. Oral supplements (tablets or powders) can often provide a laxative effect and therefore should not be taken without previously discussing this with a Doctor. To optimise Magnesium levels safely and effectively, topical Magnesium products can be applied to the skin and absorbed into cells via the epidermis of the skin.

Many pregnant women complain about leg cramps and abdominal pains, which can often occur due to Magnesium deficiency. Other symptoms can include palpitations and exhaustion.

Optimising Magnesium levels whilst pregnant can be done by ensuring the intake of 310mg per day.  This can lead to being more stress-resistant and even-tempered, as Magnesium helps to regulate the cardiovascular system and ensures healthy blood pressure. Magnesium is also great for controlling birthing contractions and is especially valuable for subsequent relaxation.

Mental health charity, Mind, acknowledge that optimal Magnesium levels can promote good mental health and can reduce the risk of Postnatal Depression. 

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