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OK so I know we are told to take magnesium for various things. And it's supposed to help with leg cramps, muscles, pooping, all that good stuff. But wouldn't it then also "help" with cramping, like contractions? Isn't that the opposite of what we want at this point? This is totally all out of my head so I could be totally wrong but I'm just wondering. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br>
Also I took some yesterday for the first time in a while and I had a charlie horse last night! I haven't had one in forever, isn't that what its supposed to stop? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">:
 

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Well yeah that's what mine are, mag/cal/zinc. But still, what's the difference? I still have the same questions.
 

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Yea, I just learned that info also. I believe it can slow down contractions, but not REAL ones. Does that make sense? Magnesium isn't going to stop you from going into labor, but it may cut down on the random, not so useful ones.
 

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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">Pregnant women that supplement their diet with magnesium supplements do not have premature uterine contractions and have fewer complications during pregnancy.1 Pregnant women that consumed a magnesium supplement did not have premature uterine contractions and also had a reduced occurrence of calf cramps, numbness and fewer complications.1 In addition, supplementation with magnesium during pregnancy also resulted in fewer pre-term deliveries and fewer cases of intrauterine growth retardation. In Hungary, where the rate of pre-term deliveries is high, 255 pregnant women were given 300 mg/day magnesium from diagnostic confirmation of pregnancy to delivery. The pre-term birth rate for this group was 8.5%. For the 280 pregnant women who received placebo, the pre-term birth rate was 10.9%.14</td>
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Oh and also don't they use magnesium sulfate to stop contractions in pre term labor? Is this close to regular magnesium at all?
 

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I dunno the actual answers to you questions--I've wondered the same thing. I'm taking cal-mag for muscle spasms in my back, and at first I definitely felt like it was helping minimize the bh ctx. Not so much now--or else I'm just having tons! I'm feeling a LOT more bh than with any other pg. No big deal, but sometimes they take my breath away.<br><br>
I've also been using epsom salts (magnesium sulfate) in the bath a couple times/week, and I definitely think that gives me relief from the bh while I'm in the bath, and for an hour or two later.<br><br>
My personal feeling is that yeah, it may well slow down the pre-labor stuff, but I can't imagine it doing enough (in normal usage amounts) that it would pause or stop real labor, yk? Might get a woman who tends to go early a bit closer to her due date, though (that would be me! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wave.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wave"> Ds2 was born at 38&1, which is what I am today, and so far I'm not in labor! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> )<br><br>
I'm just personally not worried about it. The benefit of less muscle spasms is worth the potential risk that I might be pg a bit longer. But I'm aware of the possible connection, so if I were to go "late", that would be one thing I'd consider. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug"><br><br>
Also, I think there's a big difference between random painful muscle spasms and organized, efficient muscle contractions, yk? They really aren't the same animal, so I'm thinking that while cal-mag may calm the former, it's just not likely to do much to the latter. JMHO.... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I have been wondering, too. But I guess it looks alright.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Also, I think there's a big difference between random painful muscle spasms and organized, efficient muscle contractions, yk? They really aren't the same animal, so I'm thinking that while cal-mag may calm the former, it's just not likely to do much to the latter. JMHO.... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"></div>
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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/yeahthat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="yeah that">: As I understand it... uterine cramping isn't really helpful at all.. and usually causes more pain. If you're taking mag, it should help reduce *cramping* and allow efficient contractions.<br><br>
My midwife actually had me start taking mag supplements at 28 weeks because she believes it makes labor less painful, easier and faster because it allows the uterus to work as efficiently as possible.<br><br>
Just my understanding. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
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My midiwives had me take liquid cal/mag to calm an irritable uterus. Once I hit 37 weeks, I was worried that it might delay labor, so I asked about it and they told me it only eliminates the inneffective ctx and wouldn't delay real labor at all.<br><br>
The first night I took it, I had a charlie horse as well, but have not had any since. And I had them with both of my other pgs (and have them occasionally even when not pg).<br><br>
I take it at night and it really improved my sleep alot. (not working now, apparently since it's 3:30 a.m. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
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Many times high levels of potassium helps leg cramps and charlie horses when the cal/mag. does not.<br><br>
Coconut Water is super high in potassium and does wonders for me... Can find it in juice boxes in health food stores.<br><br>
I never saw any help in Cal/Mag.
 

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The calcium helps my leg cramps enormously. I get bad ones if I don't take my calcium. But I'm lactose intolerant, so I don't eat a lot of calcium rich foods.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">The calcium helps my leg cramps enormously. I get bad ones if I don't take my calcium. But I'm lactose intolerant, so I don't eat a lot of calcium rich foods.</div>
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I'm vegan, so no dairy here, but plenty of calcium! Hummus is high in calcium, between the sesame and chick peas! Sea vegetables are a fabu source too, twice the amt that dairy has. Dandelion is good for both calcium and eliminating water retention.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Oh and also don't they use magnesium sulfate to stop contractions in pre term labor? Is this close to regular magnesium at all?</div>
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Yes, they do. Its supposed to be NASTY.<br><br>
I had a charlie horse all night the other night and then my leg hurt worse all day long because of it. I can count like 2 times ever in my LIFE I have had a charlie horse.<br><br>
What does it mean-their is a mag <i>defficiancy</i>? Or does mag do something else to prevent cramps?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I'm vegan, so no dairy here, but plenty of calcium! Hummus is high in calcium, between the sesame and chick peas! Sea vegetables are a fabu source too, twice the amt that dairy has. Dandelion is good for both calcium and eliminating water retention.</div>
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I've been drinking some herbal teas. I forgot to add dandelion, though. Hummus is ok. I can only eat so much, though. And no matter how much calcium-rich food I eat, when I'm pg, I need so much more. Otherwise I would be fine.
 

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when i had preeclampsia in labor they put me on a magnesium (sulfate?) drip. midwives tell me it makes you drowsy, yucky-feeling and relaxes the uterus (slows labor), although mine was 6 hours anyway (after water-breaking). it was my first delivery, so can't compare yet- hopefully will be pre-e-free this time around though! good luck.
 
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