Safe in Pregnancy:
For many women, the height of luxury is soaking in a warm and even hot therapeutic bath. For pregnant women the bath itself is very relaxing with the real allure of a half hour of no responsibility and no interruptions. A warm bath is not only safe, but very soothing for the pregnant mom-to-be. In fact, many doctors will recommend the use of a warm bath not only to soothe tired and aching muscles, but also to alleviate the pain associated with sciatica, the swelling associated with edema and for women suffering from hemorrhoids.
Adding magnesium to the bath (bicarbonate included) will benefit both mother and fetus in very important ways. Pregnancy cannot be normal unless magnesium levels are adequate. The concentration of magnesium in the placental and fetal tissues increases during pregnancy. The requirements for this element in a pregnant woman’s organism generally exceed its supply; hence, pregnancy should be considered a condition of ‘physiological hypomagnesemia’.
Magnesium sulfate is used intravenously to prevent hypertensive crises or seizures associated with toxemia of pregnancy. Magnesium is needed for reproductive fertility and the use of pharmaceutical contraceptives is known to diminish magnesium stores in our body. The rate of premature births has increased more than 30 percent since 1981, but a central obvious cause is ignored by doctors. Magnesium plays a crucial role in fertility, pregnancy, and in early newborn life and many of the problems associated with pregnancy and birth can be resolved by magnesium supplementation.
In 1991 Dr. Jean Durlach said, “Primary magnesium deficiency may occur in fertile women. Gestational magnesium deficiency is able to induce maternal, fetal, and pediatric consequences which might last throughout life. Experimental studies of gestational Mg deficiency show that Mg deficiency during pregnancy may have marked effects on the processes of parturition and of postuterine involution. It may interfere with fetal growth and development from teratogenic effects to morbidity: i.e. hematological effects and disturbances in temperature regulation. Clinical studies on the consequences of maternal primary Mg deficiency in women have been insufficiently investigated.” Magnesium is frequently used as the treatment for stopping premature labor, and the seizures of eclampsia, at the point it starts, but might be more helpful in preventing these if supplemented throughout the course of pregnancy.
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