Did you know that 60-90% (depending on age group)(1) of reproductive aged women are not consuming enough Magnesium in America? This is a big problem, and even more so in pregnancy. In prenatal nutrition, we have heard about the need for things like Folate (please don't use Folic Acid), but we have not heard much on the need for Magnesium. Possibly because the goal of prenatal nutrition is to grow healthy babies, not the functional health of the mother. With the increasing rise of maternal health issues and death, this needs to change. (I am taking a little bump off my last post where I discussed how disappointed I am in the prenatal vitamins available in the market. If you want to know why, "Your Prenatal Vitamin Sucks" click here.)
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.
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?