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Magnesium/Milk of Magnesia? 
17th-Dec-2009 12:20 pm [constipation]
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I've been taking extra magnesium (500 mg) every other day for constipation, and have been trying to get information about if it's harmful during pregnancy. I haven't really been able to find out one way or another. Most places say that the limit for magnesium during pregnancy is 370mg. My prenatal has 200mg (and I'm sure I get some from foods). The only thing I've been able to find are sites that say magnesium can be toxic if you have too much, although other places say that Milk of Magnesia is safe to take for constipation during pregnancy, the active ingredient of which is magnesium. So I'm at a loss, because I don't see how some places can say it's harmful to go over the recommended dose when others say that pregnant women can take Milk of Magnesia every day for constipation.

Any words of wisdom? Am I worrying for nothing?

17th-Dec-2009 07:08 pm (UTC)
the issue with MOM and pregnancy is that later on the cramps can be confused with labor.
MOM interferes with absorption of folic acid and iron,
I think that the most important thing here is what is the cause of this?
Are you taking Iron in your pre-naltals?
are you drinking enough water?
Are you eating enough fiber and fibers in the correct proportion (soluble vs insoluble)?
What about a stool softer as to a lax?
17th-Dec-2009 09:02 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure about the magnesium, but I do know they give magnesium sulfate for stopping early labor and for pre-e when your bp is high. I got mine in an IV.

When my mom was on a steady script for vicodin, instead of taking stool softeners she just took acidophilus. It helped her become more regular. Have you tried this? It's also supposed to help if you're prone to yeast infections, which some women are while pregnant. :)

Good luck, I hope you get the answers you are looking for!
18th-Dec-2009 01:13 am (UTC)
I would ask your care provider just to be on the safe side.

That said, my doctor put me on a twice-a-day dose of Mylanta at 28 weeks because she wanted me to have the magnesium in it to help bring down my blood pressure. I can't imagine she would have done that if it were toxic for me to have.
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