I read on two sites that Magnesium Citrate is in the FDA pregnancy risk category C. What are your thoughts on this?
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12/16/09 at 11:11pm
NL, I see a midwife in Jan and will ask her. I go to the Dr./midwife and etc. so infrequently that I will probably never know anyone I trust on their word alone. Not that I trust the FDA either. ; - )
I'm mainly curious because I got really constipated with my last pregnancy and am pregnant again and already constipated - wanted to find something safe to take when needed. Mag citrate is recommended all over the place so I thought that if it isn't safe we should look into it, yk?
Magnesium is a mineral that your body needs to form bone, protein and fatty acids. It relaxes your muscles and helps your blood to clot appropriately. This is a useful mineral if you suffer from leg cramps. Studies show that magnesium levels are lower in women who have had a premature labour.
Furthermore, because it has a good effect on muscles, it can help to prevent premature contractions by relaxing the muscles of the womb. Scientists have investigated the effect of giving magnesium during pregnancy and found that women taking magnesium supplements had less chance of having low birthweight and premature babies, and their babies had better Apgar score.
Magnesium is known as 'nature's tranquilliser', so it can be invaluable if you are suffering from tension and/or stress. It's also a good basic treatment for insomnia. Take it as a separate supplement (apart from what is contained in your multivitamin and mineral tablet) for best effect. A total of 200mg per day is the optimum dosage. If you need help with sleeping, take it about an hour before going to bed."
"Special Precautions & Warnings:
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Magnesium is LIKELY SAFE for pregnant or breast-feeding women when taken by mouth in the amounts recommended. These amounts depend on the age of the woman."