Giving birth should be a time for celebration for most women, but for many it is a time of great anxiety— Will the baby be alright? Am I eating fine? How painful will be the labor? Will an epidural taken during labor impact the baby? So on and so forth.
Not only is pregnancy a state of great stress, for some women it can also a time of great discomfort—morning sickness, nausea, leg cramps and mood swings are common. One good way of keeping these symptoms in check is to maintain good nutrition and have adequate amounts of vitamins and minerals like calcium and magnesium throughout your pregnancy.
Your doctor will probably put you on a prenatal multivitamin and calcium supplements as soon as the pregnancy is confirmed. Another mineral that is of great importance in pregnancy is magnesium.
Magnesium is involved in many essential bodily functions. Magnesium helps build strong bones and teeth, regulates insulin and blood-sugar levels, and helps certain enzymes function properly. It also controls cholesterol and irregular heart beats.
The healthy growth and development of the fetus depend on a steady supply of nutrients from the mother. During pregnancy your body needs more of this mineral and RDA recommends between 350 and 360 mg of magnesium daily for pregnant women, as compared to the 310 to 320 mg recommended for non-pregnant or nursing women.
Physical and emotional stress during pregnancy also increases magnesium requirements, which means that pregnant women who do not intake sufficient amount of magnesium are at a risk of becoming magnesium deficient. Magnesium deficiency during pregnancy can lead to many serious consequences for you and your baby. 1. And a severe deficiency of magnesium during pregnancy may lead to preeclampsia, birth defects, infant mortality and pre-mature labor.