Part of the prevention of many birth injuries starts with receiving good advice from doctors about nutrition and health for pregnant women. One good example is increasing folic acid intake to reduce the chances of a neural tube defect.
Magnesium sulphate has also been recommended by some to reduce the chances of preeclampsia, eclampsia, pre-term birth, and cerebral palsy. The benefits have been known for some time, but it wasn’t known if the increased magnesium would cause damage to the baby.
Cerebral Palsy News Today reported on a study that shows that increased magnesium intake is not associated with a higher probability of harm. The study was published in PLOS Medicine.
The study reviewed 200 previous studies covering nearly 20,000 pregnancies to see if there was an increased risk of danger near the time of birth associated with increased magnesium sulphate intake.
The researchers say that in nearly all cases, they could not find any statistically significant dangers. However, there are some rare instances where it could be a problem but more data is needed to confirm it. These instances include extreme premature birth or very low birth weight.
The researchers now recommend that studies be performed on narrower studies of specific outcomes and characteristics regarding the use of magnesium sulphate supplementation.
While this study shows promise for using it, we must stress that you should speak with your doctor before beginning any supplements.