Nutrition & Pregnancy: Two Common Ailments, Two Things That Help | Accidental Scientist

Nutrition & Pregnancy: Two Common Ailments, Two Things That Help

NOTE: I am not a Doctor and do not claim to be one. I’m just really good at searching for information on the web. I cannot be held responsible for any bad things which happen to you if you follow my advice – you have been warned. Please consult your Doctor before following any of my advice, ever. If you don’t, you’re an idiot.

There are two really annoying things about being pregnant that are pretty easy to fix with a couple of simple vitamins & minerals.

What I’m talking about are constipation and headaches while pregnant, and things tasting odd while pregnant. (I’ve already covered morning sickness on this blog).

Headaches and Constipation during Pregnancy

This one’s a really easy one, so I’m surprised that more doctors don’t know about the cure.

Signs of a magnesium deficiency include:

  • Migraines
  • Headaches
  • Constipation

Hey, that sounds familiar. So what happens if you take Magnesium supplements when you’re pregnant and have any of these?

They go away. (Although if you take most Magnesium supplements, you may find that you get diarrhea. So you’ll need to get the enteric coated, slow release ones like Slo-Mag).

Why is this? My guess is that as the baby is growing, it’s strip-mining the mother’s body for calcium. Magnesium is needed by the body to process more calcium, and as a result, your magnesium stores get very quickly depleted.

So if you’re getting headaches while pregnant, give it a shot. (Be sure to consult your doctor first though).

Taste Disorders During Pregnancy

Similarly, things just taste damn odd while you’re pregnant. What else causes taste disorders?

Zinc deficiencies.

Your body needs a lot of zinc while you’re pregnant. Some studies show that it actually has a protective effect on the fetus (allowing it – along with folic acid – to undo damage from environmental factors, such as drinking before you knew you were pregnant).

Needless to say, your body is probably going to get strip-mined for Zinc as well. So try to find a slow-release zinc supplement, and give that a shot. You might just find that it’ll help. It may also help with any cramping you’re feeling.

NOTE: I am not a Doctor and do not claim to be one. I’m just really good at searching for information on the web. I cannot be held responsible for any bad things which happen to you if you follow my advice – you have been warned. Please consult your Doctor before following any of my advice, ever. If you don’t, you’re an idiot.

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