Magnesium plays an important role for both mother and child during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Here you can find out why there is an increased magnesium requirement at this time and the functions that magnesium carries out at these special times.
Magnesium during pregnancy and breastfeeding
Due to various factors, the body’s magnesium requirement increases during pregnancy and while breastfeeding. A targeted magnesium intake is essential for the health of mother and child. This is why doctors often prescribe suitable magnesium products, such as Biolectra® Magnesium, from the beginning of pregnancy up to the end of the breastfeeding period.
Increased requirements for magnesium during pregnancy and breastfeeding
Magnesium requirements per day during pregnancy and breastfeeding
- Pregnancy: 310 mg
- Breastfeeding: 390 mg
Recommendation of the German Nutrition Society (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Ernährung, DGE).
Generally, the magnesium requirement for women aged 25 years and older is approximately 300 mg per day – that is the recommendation from the German Nutrition Society. During pregnancy, the magnesium requirement increases to 310 mg per day. One of the reasons is that, due to hormonal changes, magnesium is increasingly excreted through the urine. In addition, during pregnancy magnesium carries out essential functions for the mother and child. For example, did you know that in the last 3 months of pregnancy the unborn child absorbs up to 7 mg of magnesium per day? With this background information, it quickly becomes clear: magnesium is essential during pregnancy!
The body’s magnesium requirement during the breastfeeding period is even higher: approximately 390 mg of magnesium per day is recommended! After all, breastfeeding women pass on a proportion of the mineral to their child.
Pregnant? Magnesium has many different functions
Magnesium during pregnancy: Functions
- contributes to a reduction in fatigue and tiredness
- serves to support cell division
- is beneficial for vital muscle function
- is of importance for normal protein synthesis
Magnesium carries out diverse functions during pregnancy. Among other things, the mineral contributes towards reducing fatigue and tiredness – an effect that many expectant mothers find to be really helpful.
In addition, a sufficient magnesium intake is important for normal protein synthesis and the support of cell division.
Not least, magnesium is beneficial for vital muscle function.
Magnesium intake during pregnancy and breastfeeding
To prevent insufficient magnesium levels during pregnancy and avoid their possible consequences, such as calf cramps during pregnancy , it is important to ensure a sufficient magnesium intake. That’s why pregnant and breastfeeding women in particular should maintain a magnesium-rich diet. The problem is, to cover the body’s increased magnesium requirements, one would need to eat, for example, about nine slices of whole-grain bread or seven bananas per day!
Therefore, many doctors already prescribe a suitable magnesium product at the beginning of a pregnancy. The supplementary daily intake of 300 mg of magnesium during pregnancy and breastfeeding has proven particularly beneficial.
Tip: Biolectra ® Magnesium Direct is a magnesium products containing small micro-pellets that can be taken without water. And just once a day is enough!
Biolectra® Magnesium 300 mg Direct
- Covers increased magnesium requirements at these special times
- Supports a balanced magnesium metabolism during pregnancy and breastfeeding
- Pleasant fruit flavor, in orange or lemon
Tip: Biolectra ® Magnesium 300 mg Direct can also be taken while breastfeeding. In doing so, you can provide your child with this important mineral through your breast milk.
Remember: even though magnesium is well tolerated as an endogenous mineral, pregnant and breastfeeding women should only take magnesium products after consulting their gynecologist.