We’re often asked if Natural Calm is safe to take during pregnancy.
As with all other personal health questions, we can’t speak for individual circumstances. If you have or suspect a health condition, it’s always best to consult an MD or ND.
But it starts even before you conceive!
Magnesium for Fertility
Many families today are faced with infertility and frequent miscarriages. Years ago, two different couples that we were friends with had several miscarriages. Both of the women were put on baby aspirin to prevent blood from clotting in the umbilical cord. This clotting was causing a lack of oxygen to the fetus and miscarriage in the first trimester. Baby aspirin is a blood thinner, but it may have long-term side effects such as gastric irritation or bleeding. Why not use magnesium – a natural and highly-effective blood thinner?
In some cases of infertility, excess calcium may lead to spastic fallopian tubes, preventing the egg from moving down into the uterus for fertilization by the sperm. One of the functions of calcium is to tense and excite muscles and nerves, while magnesium relaxes and calms. Balancing the ratio of calcium and magnesium is essential for pregnancy to occur.
Magnesium for Healthy Pregnancy and Delivery
The need for magnesium increased during pregnancy (and continues to be high during lactation) because it is so essential in growing a healthy fetus!
Magnesium helps to prevent issues during pregnancy and delivery such as toxemia, high blood pressure, seizures and the potential of cerebral palsy during the labour process. High blood pressure can lead to pre-eclampsia, a serious condition that has historically led to high levels of maternal and infant death. Women with this condition are given magnesium intravenously in hospitals, and the WHO has suggested that the use of magnesium in pregnancy could massively reduce rates of pre-eclampsia. In developed countries, pre-eclampsia often leads to emergency deliveries. In developing countries, fatalities are still high.
Getting enough magnesium during pregnancy will also help moms to sleep better, which can be difficult in the final trimester. Women who experience issues with regularity in pregnancy will also appreciate the natural laxative effect.
Magnesium for Breastfeeding and Infant Health
Breastfeeding mothers need to maintain a high level of magnesium intake. Breastmilk is smart and single-minded: it will draw magnesium from the mother’s own reserves to deliver enough to the baby. A magnesium-deficient mother is more at risk for poor sleep, depression, blood-sugar imbalances, obesity, muscle cramps, headaches and more.
All dairy has a ratio of 10 calcium to 1 magnesium. When babies are fed a diet of dairy-based formula, or when they transition from breast milk to cow’s milk, they may be getting too much calcium. Dr. Carolyn Dean, In her book, The Magnesium Miracle, states that one of the causative factors in SIDS, sudden infant death syndrome, is an imbalance of too much calcium and not enough magnesium.
During the post-partum months, it’s important for new mothers to be able to fall asleep and move into a deep state of REM quickly. Their sleep is so interrupted, quality is what matters. Magnesium can help here, as well.
We hear from many happy Natural Calm customers who have relied on our magnesium to make it through pregnancy and post-partum. Take Candice M., for example, who wrote in to tell us:
“Natural Calm was an essential part of getting through pregnancy. Honestly, a life saver.”
If you’re pregnant or planning, take note!