Updated: Aug 2, 2019
Magnesium is a must-have for your body to function properly.
This becomes even more crucial when a woman is pregnant. Not only is magnesium important for the mother, but it is also critical for the baby to get the essential minerals it needs to grow.
Adequate magnesium levels throughout pregnancy help mothers grow new tissue and may even help the baby receive more nutrition as they develop. (1) You’re eating for two, remember?
4 Reasons to Supplement with Magnesium During Pregnancy:
1) Reduce risk of premature labor. Magnesium relaxes muscles, and can prevent premature contractions by relaxing the muscles around a woman’s womb. In fact, women who do have premature births have been found to have lower levels of magnesium. (2)
2) Promote infant health. Scientists found that women who used magnesium supplements during pregnancy had a reduced risk of delivering babies with low birthweight, and the babies born to these mothers had better Apgar scores. (2)
3) Feel better. Carrying a baby for 9 months is stressful, and a little painful. Magnesium oil can help calm nerves, soothe leg cramps, and reduce headaches that often plague pregnant women. (2)
4) Sleep better. Again, being pregnant is tough work. You need a good night’s rest, and unfortunately that can be hard to come by. Proper magnesium levels can help you fall asleep faster, sleep more soundly, and wake up with more energy. (2)
3 Ways to Boost Your Magnesium Levels:
1) Get a foot rub. Get a partner or friend to rub your tired (maybe swollen) feet with magnesium oil. It’ll feel great, and give you a magnesium boost!
2) Soak in the tub. Add an ounce or two of magnesium oil to a warm bath and take about 20 minutes to unwind and soak. It’s a perfect way to relax while you supplement.
3) Add magnesium oil to your lotion. You can enhance your moisturizing efforts by adding magnesium oil to your lotion or cream. This is a great option if you’re busy and want to maximize an existing component of your daily routine.
*As a reminder, every person is different. Even though magnesium is an essential mineral, check with your doctor before adding it to your prenatal plan.*