What is Preeclampsia?
Preeclampsia is a prenatal and postpartum condition that is hallmarked by gestational hypertension and the presence of protein in the urine. It occurs in approximately 5-8% of pregnant women, and can be life threatening. Woman who have had preeclampsia with a previous pregnancy are at a higher risk of developing it again.
Symptoms can include:
It is a very serious condition, but there are ways to lessen the incident. There is research that supports nutritional deficiencies to play a role in the onset of the disease.
Leg cramps in pregnancy are a common complaint. There is nothing worse that being comfortably sound asleep, moving into a new position and WHAM! your calf muscle becomes a painful, hard rock.
As common as leg cramps are in pregnancy, this is a sign of a problem. Most commonly, this is a sign of a Magnesium Deficiency. (Will I ever shut up about Magnesium....ummm..no).
Magnesium is an essential mineral found in every cell in our body. It is found in great abundance in our muscles and bones. Without proper Magnesium levels our muscles become firm, tight, and prone to contracting and twitching. The most common initial sign of a Magnesium deficiency is cramping of the leg muscles, specifically the calves and specifically at night. (Sound familiar?)
So, you've found out your pregnant…congratulations! If you are one of the over 90% of pregnant women, you will experience some form of nausea during the first months of pregnancy. If you are one of the unfortunate 30%, you will experience severe symptoms that can lead to excessive vomiting and weight loss, or continued symptoms throughout pregnancy.
Most often, morning sickness is caused by the rising levels of HCG. Did you know, that it can also be a signal of vitamin deficiencies (B6, Magnesium, Potassium, and Zinc…all vitamins that are depleted with the use of hormonal birth control), or imbalances in the body?