Magnesium for Healthier Moms and Babies

February 28, 2014 at 11:00 pm

My brother and his wife came into town and visited us on Monday. My brother mentioned that he was having horrible neck pain. “Magnesium!!” I yelled at him as I slathered his neck and shoulder with magnesium oil cream and spray.

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It’s been several years since I read The Magnesium Miracle by Carolyn Dean, M.D., N.D. But I was skimming through it the other day and came upon the chapter about magnesium’s impact on pregnancy-related issues and early infancy. I shared some of this info in my 2010 blogpost “Magnesium for Pregnancy and Beyond,” but I felt impressed to share a bit more today. I’ve got a lot to do today, so I’m going to be lazy and just quote Dr. Carolyn Dean.

Fertility

“Dr. Sherry Rogers . . . says that just as migraines are caused by spasms in the brain arteries, spasms in the fallopian tubes cause infertility. This may explain why so many infertile women get pregnant when they go on a whole-foods diet and take supplements including magnesium. Magnesium is required in higher amounts during pregnancy. . . . Both magnesium and zinc are found in very significant amounts in seminal fluid. However, infertile men have much lower levels of magnesium” (p. 141).

Pregnancy

“Clinical trials have demonstrated that mothers supplementing with magnesium . . . have larger, healthier babies and lower rates of preeclampsia, premature labor, sudden infant death, and birth defects, including cerebral palsy” (p. 142).

“On this new [400 mg elemental magnesium per day] regimen, Marie [a pregnant woman with preeclampsia] noticed many positive changes. She had less back and neck tension, was no longer constipated, lost her edema and puffiness. Finally, the tightness in her head lessened and her blood pressure began to go down. When she told all this to her obstetrician, he actually apologized for not being more aware of her magnesium status” (p. 143).

Recent scholarly articles about magnesium and pregnancy:

SIDS

“Magnesium deficiency has been implicated in sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), which has features in common with sudden cardiac death of adults and may be prevented by giving adequate magnesium to the mother and child. . . . Researchers feel that it is likely that a high proportion of SIDS deaths could be prevented by simple . . . magnesium supplementation” (p. 144).

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If you haven’t read The Magnesium Miracle yet, I highly recommend it. Dr. Dean also has her own website with more recent info about magnesium and health, see HERE. I just visited her site now, and it looks like she actually has an updated and revised version of The Magnesium Miracle coming out next month! Cool. She’s not paying me to tell you this, by the way. :-)

As I explained in my most recent post, there are lots of different magnesium products out there, but not all of them are easily assimilated by the body. Many people’s bodies do not absorb magnesium supplements very well through the digestive tract.

Magnesium deficiencies can be remedied far more quickly using topical magnesium. It can take six months to a year for individuals with magnesium deficiencies to restore intracellular magnesium to ideal levels with oral supplementation alone. But Norman Shealy, M.D., Ph.D., a neurosurgeon and world-renowned pain management expert, has found that skin application of magnesium oil (25% magnesium chloride concentration) can restore intracellular levels within just four to six weeks (see Carolyn Dean, M.D., N.D., The Magnesium Miracle, p. 248).

If you don’t already love magnesium, I hope you soon come to love it as much as I do!

Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional. Nothing contained in my blogposts should be considered medical advice. Please do your own research about everything you read and consult with the professionals who oversee your health about your concerns or questions.