I recently read an article on Mothering.com about postpartum care and healing. The author (who is a midwife) suggested supplementing with calcium magnesium to help with after birth pains.
Calcium magnesium combination has been my friend since I gave birth to my 5th child. Although I had afterbirth care, no one knew what to do to relieve afterbirth pains. I suffered for days with the worst pain I have ever endured. I did some extensive research and discovered the benefits of calcium and magnesium. By the time I was ready to give birth to my 6th baby, I knew I wouldn't suffer anymore. I took 1000mg of calcium and 500mcg of magnesium as soon as the baby was born and I didn't feel the afterbirth pains. I was aware of the afterbirth uterine contractions yet experienced no pain. I took one to two tablets a day for 1 week.
I was wondering if you could tell me more about the reasoning behind this? Any advice, research, or additional information from anyone would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
Mama, birth worker, and dreamer extraordinaire.
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Calcium and magnesium are both used in the muscular system for proper signaling and nervous system impulse communication. For many women, magnesium helps to relieve muscle spasms. Others need both calcium and magnesium to balance the muscular system. By taking both, the body can absorb what it needs. Taking it in divided doses, 2-3 times per day, is the preferred method since the body can only absorb about 500 mg at a time. The ratio listed in your post is the most common one taken - about double the amount of calcium to magnesium. Taking magnesium by itself can cause diarrhea if too much in ingested.
Hope that helps!
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