Yes, you CAN have your cake and eat it too!
Are you experiencing any of the following?
*Frequent headaches or migraines
*Increasing blood pressure
These are all common symptoms of magnesium deficiency. Pregnant women need more magnesium during pregnancy and an extreme deficiency can even lead to pre-eclampsia and premature birth.
So, now that you know, what can you do? How can you make sure your magnesium level is sufficient?
If you drink soda, especially dark-colored carbonated beverages that are high in phosphate, you might be depleting your body of magnesium. The same goes for sugar because refined white sugar not only has zero magnesium it also causes the body to excrete magnesium through the kidneys. Stress can also be a cause of magnesium deficiency.
The RDA for pregnant women is 350 mg but this is often not enough. Before you start supplementing, PLEASE ALWAYS talk to your doctor or midwife about the correct dosage.
If you want to know more about the role of magnesium in pregnancy you can read about a study done on the subject here.
There is also something else you can do………………..just eat chocolate cake !
Well not any chocolate cake – the recipe below, is easy to make, gluten free, tastes delicious and is filled with magnesium. It is a great start to prevent magnesium deficiency to begin with. Below you will also find a list of foods with high magnesium value.
So here is the recipe:
-2 eggs (free range organic) *choline and vitamin B
-1/2 cup raw unprocessed honey
-1 cup natural peanut butter * magnesium (use one with no added sugar)
-2 cups of chickpeas (drained) * magnesium
-1 cup organic dark chocolate 70% or higher * magnesium
-2 tbsp organic unsweetened coco powder * magnesium
-2 tsp vanilla
-1tsp baking powder (aluminum free)
-Hint of salt
Put all ingredients in the food processor and blend until smooth
Bake for about 20 -25 min in 200 degrees Celsius
Other foods high in magnesium :
*Dark leafy greens
During pregnancy, not everything is within your control and it is not always a straight and easy road from beginning to end – there are often some surprises and bumps along the way. There is, however, a lot you can control by nourishing your body right and taking good care of yourself and your growing baby. Pregnancy is the perfect time to look at your lifestyle and improve it in any way possible, which will improve the quality of your own life and give your baby the gift that keeps on giving – a HEALTHY body!
I wish you a happy and healthy pregnancy