Magnesium is a true all-rounder. This mineral plays a role in almost all bodily functions. It regulates more than three hundred enzymes and is involved in the contraction of muscles. So it is no wonder that about one third of the body’s own magnesium is in the muscles. Magnesium supports the muscles by making sure that the muscle fibres contract and relax.
In general, the requirements of magnesium are not significantly higher during pregnancy than before. Nevertheless, due to its many functions, you should ensure a constant intake of magnesium.
Good sources of magnesium
Actually, only a few foods contain significant amounts of magnesium. Wheat germs or sunflower seeds are good sources, but they only play a minor role in daily nutrition. In general, you should favour wholemeal products over white flour.
Beans also contribute to magnesium supply. Some mineral waters are a good source of magnesium. It is worth taking a closer look at the label. A magnesium content of 100 mg per litre is ideal.
A deficiency will have painful consequences, mostly during the night: the infamous cramp. This can be remedied by an intake of magnesium. Early warning signs: when you feel pins and needles in your hands and feet, this could be due to magnesium deficiency.
Symptoms of a high magnesium deficiency may be nervousness, forgetfulness and dizziness. In extreme cases premature contractions may occur (around the 30th week), because the womb muscles tense up. Ensure a sufficient magnesium intake in your diet. Always consult your doctor in the event of any problems!