By Sandy Sanderson / December, 2020
When you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, supplementing with Magnesium is vitally important because of the extra demands on your body at these times. Research has found those people under extra stress – including pregnant and breastfeeding women – may need as much as 1,000mg Magnesium a day or more.
Magnesium is an essential mineral which performs some very important functions when you’re pregnant. It’s used to maintain healthy blood sugar levels in the body (see study) and it helps build healthy teeth and bones by working in partnership with calcium. It also regulates cholesterol and irregular heartbeat (see study).
If a woman experiences a severe deficiency of magnesium during her pregnancy, it can lead to preeclampsia (high blood pressure and seizures), preterm labour, infant mortality and congenital disabilities (see study). Magnesium also reduces cramps which are very common during pregnancy – and it will lessen the strength of Braxton Hicks contractions which is extremely helpful during childbirth.
It’s difficult to get enough Magnesium via oral supplements
Many of us may think the best way to increase Magnesium intake would be by oral supplements. But did you know it’s nearly impossible to get enough magnesium from capsules or powders? This is because oral supplements can be difficult to digest and absorb through the gut wall.
But there’s another way. It’s more effective to increase your Magnesium by taking it transdermally – via your skin. This works well because you absorb it faster and the Magnesium goes straight to your muscles where you need it. The beauty of Elektra Magnesium® Cream is you can use as much as you like: Your body will absorb it, utilising as much as it needs.
This means you can’t overdose by putting on too much cream: Your body will self-regulate and control the uptake of the Magnesium in the cream in a balanced way. So, this means there’s no danger of taking too much or overdosing – as there can be with IVs or oral supplements. The top layer of your skin is your epidermis and this acts as a reservoir for the nutrients in the cream. These nutrients stay in your epidermis until the capillaries of the dermis underneath take them up as required.
All you need to do is apply the Elektra Magnesium Cream daily for the best results.
To learn more about how Magnesium helps when you’re pregnant, read our CASE STUDY here.
Would you like to know more about how a young woman managed to have a dream run when she was pregnant? And how after her healthy baby girl was born she got her figure back quickly with no tummy stretch marks? AND that’s not all… Her baby is now sleeping soundly during the night (with Mum pretty thankful about that!). Read our case study here.
Is Elektra Magnesium Cream safe for pregnant or breastfeeding women?
Elektra Magnesium Cream is made in Australia from natural ingredients so it’s non-toxic and safe to use topically for everyone – including pregnant and lactating women. There are no chemical fragrances used and the amount of pure essential oils used is very small so they just provide a light fragrance.
The base of Elektra Magnesium Cream contains 15% magnesium chloride (food grade) infused in a complex blend of rich plant oils and butters, with essential fatty acids and fat soluble vitamins providing abundant buffering and skin barrier protection.
If you apply straight essential oils directly to the skin with no other buffering elements (lipids and fats) the essential oils may have a stronger and unwanted effect. This is not the case with Elektra Magnesium Cream. However, don’t use the cream on the nipple area where your baby is feeding, as it’s not supposed to be ingested orally. It’s best to lubricate and condition the nipple area with an edible vegetable oil and wait until this is fully absorbed, before feeding time.
You and your baby will continue to need extra Magnesium
Why do we all need extra Magnesium? It’s because all of our soil – all around the planet – is now depleted in Magnesium so we need to supplement in another way. Researchers estimate our food supply has dropped more than 50% in Magnesium content compared to the middle of last century (see study).
As mentioned earlier, it’s easier to absorb Magnesium transdermally and your baby will need extra Magnesium to help them grow and flourish.
Keep your skin flexible and stretchy with Elektra Magnesium Cream, so your skin can recover better after the delivery. Daily application will support skin healing and regeneration from stretching or muscle tears. Gently massage your pregnant belly using Elektra Magnesium Cream – and your baby will enjoy the calming effects with you!
After your baby is born, you can keep giving them a ‘Baby Massage’ by rubbing in some Elektra Magnesium Baby Calm Balm on their tummy, arms and legs. This cream is super gentle and especially designed for baby’s skin to protect and nurture. Mum can use some too as a facial moisturizer and anti-ageing cream. This will add to your baby’s Magnesium nutrition at a time when they need it most for rapid growth. After about six months they can graduate to Elektra Magnesium Cream (4 varieties) for a stronger magnesium dose (but still quite mild). A little back or leg massage with Elektra Magnesium Cream can work wonders in helping to sleep better. (see video)
But as a mum with a young baby, you’ll need to supplement with Magnesium cream as well. You’ll be busy and you may be breastfeeding as well, so don’t forget to use the Elektra Magnesium Cream for yourself. It feels so good to rub the cream all over – especially where you have any tightness or pain, such as your lower back, neck, shoulders or legs.
If you use the Magnesium cream throughout your pregnancy like this, you’ll find you have an easier recovery after giving birth and you’ll also alleviate any stress symptoms by calming and relaxing your nervous system.
Magnesium soaking and detoxification when you’re pregnant or breastfeeding
When you’re pregnant, you can often experience symptoms such as the swelling of ankles, high blood pressure, constipation, back pain and difficulty sleeping. By adding some Elektra Magnesium Flakes to your bath or foot spa as per instructions, you’ll help promote an anti-inflammatory effect, better relaxation and high-quality sleep. This is a very gentle way of using the skin to excrete toxins and wastes, as well as to take up Magnesium ions from the hot water.
Magnesium soaking can be done every night depending of your levels of stress, pain, or energy depletion. For health maintenance, it’s a good idea to do this, two or three times per week. After a magnesium soak, follow-up with Elektra Magnesium Cream for skin barrier protection and sustained magnesium availability via the skin reservoir. Make sure you drink enough clean filtered water which is recharged with Magnesium electrolytes.
Use Elektra Magnesium Flakes to remineralise your water
Elektra Magnesium Flakes (food grade) can be used to remineralise filtered drinking water to make an hydrating electrolyte alkaline water. This water is pleasant to drink and preferred by many people because they can drink more of the water without running to the toilet so frequently (as with demineralised water).
Pregnancy requires a greater fluid content in the body and this mineralised alkaline water helps to satisfy those needs by promoting better hydration, electrolyte balance and blood fluidity for the cardiovascular system and placental blood supply.
Your baby also needs a lot of Magnesium support for their rapid brain and bone growth. If there’s not enough Magnesium available, your baby will be more easily irritated and difficult to settle when they need to sleep. Any of the four Magnesium creams (Herbal, Sensory Gold, Zest Citrus and Island Spice) have the same amount of Magnesium (15% magnesium chloride salts) and are gentle enough to give your baby a comforting Magnesium massage to help promote relaxation for better sleep.
One teaspoon delivers 150mg elemental magnesium, which is an ideal amount to use for massage of your baby’s back, arms and legs. Here is a video of baby massage with Elektra Magnesium Cream…
For a very light dose (50mg magnesium per teaspoon) you can use Baby Calm Balm, also ideal for massage while at the same time conditioning and protecting your baby’s skin to prevent nappy rash (but don’t apply any Magnesium creams on broken skin, as the salt stings open wounds. Just work around the affected area if the skin is damaged).
When you’re changing your baby’s nappy, simply clean your baby and then apply some Baby Calm Balm so you can keep your baby’s skin protected.
By Sandy Sanderson … © 2016-2020
(Disclaimer: This article is for educational purposes only. Please consult with your doctor if you are pregnant or lactating regarding the use of this product.)
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