Magnesium & Pregnancy

Is Magnesium Safe During Pregnancy?

There are many benefits to ensuring that you are receiving sufficient magnesium in your diet. Manganese plays an important role in the formation of bone, teeth, cartilage, development of your babys inner and outer ears as well as the assists certain enzymes to function properly.

Not only will Magnesium help with those developmental functions, but taking a magnesium supplement while pregnant may also help prevent premature labor. One other pleasant effect of taking magnesium is that it could possibly reduce pregnancy related leg cramping and heartburn.

How much magnesium do you need while pregnant?

You don’t really need lots of magnesium, and it is recommended that you ensure that you are getting around 360 mg per day. As with most vitamins it is not advised to take more than the recommended daily amount. Too much magnesium can be toxic for you – and obviously this would not be good for your baby either.

Where can I get magnesium from?

Magnesium comes from a wide range of foods, and because of this most prenatal vitamins do not include magnesium.

If your diet includes lots of whole grains for example, then you won’t need a magnesium supplement.

Best food sources for magnesium?
  • Whole grain breads
  • Cereals
  • Pastas
  • Brown rice
  • Beans and peas
  • Nuts
  • Tuna
  • Eggs
  • Spinach
  • Whole-oat oatmeal
  • Kale
  • Black tea
  • Strawberries
  • Avacodoes
Magnesium & Pregnancy