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Taking Magnesium While Pregnant: What Every Expectant Mother Should Know

By    |   Friday, 27 May 2016 06:00 PM

Taking supplements such as magnesium while you are pregnant can promote good health for you and your baby, but there are both benefits and risks to be aware of.

According to Marilyn Glenville, Ph.D., a leading women’s health expert from the United Kingdom, magnesium is essential for building bones, fatty acids, and protein. It also can relax muscles and help the blood clot appropriately.

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Glenville adds that because magnesium can help relax muscles, researchers have discovered  it can help prevent premature contractions in the womb. Scientists also have determined that babies of mothers who supplemented magnesium have less risk of low birth weight and higher Apgar scores, a simple measure of the health of newborns.

During pregnancy, a woman’s magnesium requirements increase, says Livestrong. It is possible to get plenty of magnesium through a well-balanced diet that includes lots of leafy greens, legumes, whole grains, and seeds. However, if your diet is not sufficiently rich in magnesium, taking a supplement can help.

New Health Advisor recommends watching for signs of magnesium deficiency such as insomnia, nausea, decreased appetite, fatigue, poor memory, and weakness before assuming you need a supplement. They recommend the following dosages for expectant mothers:

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• 19-30 years old: 350 mg daily
• Under 18 years old: 400 mg daily
• 31+ years old: 360 mg daily
• Breastfeeding women between 19-30 years old: 310 mg daily
• Breastfeeding women under 18 years old: 360 mg daily
• Breastfeeding women 31+ years old: 320mg daily

While it is rare to overdose on magnesium, it is possible and very serious when it occurs. New Health Advisor says stomach upset, diarrhea, and dehydration are signs of mild magnesium overdose. A trip to the emergency room is required in severe cases of overdose accompanied by persistent vomiting, confusion, coma, irregular heartbeat, low blood pressure, and trouble breathing.

Expecting mothers should talk to their doctors about possibly taking magnesium while pregnant to help ensure the health and safety of both mom and baby.

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