Magnesium is a major mineral important for the building of bones and for the body to keep functioning properly. The question is why your body needs magnesium during pregnancy and how much amount of it is safe.
The answer is simple: an expectant mother needs 350 to 400 mg of magnesium for building and repairing of body's tissues. A deficiency of magnesium during pregnancy may lead to preeclampsia, eclampsia and hamper foetal development.
Magnesium and calcium are the minerals that work in tandem to relax muscles and help them to contract. During pregnancy, appropriate levels of magnesium help to keep the uterus from contracting prematurely. Moreover, it is also helpful in reducing leg cramps.
Taking magnesium during pregnancy is important as it supports building of bones, regulates insulin and blood sugar levels and the functioning of enzymes. Expectant women can also control her cholesterol and irregular heartbeat problems by maintaining proper magnesium levels.
Nausea, fatigue, insomnia, vomiting, loss of appetite, muscle twitching, fatigue, poor memory, and irregular heartbeat are all indicators of magnesium deficiency. Magnesium deficiency occurs as a consequence of alcohol abuse, prolonged vomiting, diarrhoea, protein deficient diet, kidney disorders or diabetes medications.
Magnesium in excess amount is bad for health, though the toxicity of magnesium is rare. Excessive magnesium supplements or magnesium salts can result in overdose of magnesium, resulting in low blood pressure, drowsiness, diarrhoea and dehydration.
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