Hey guys! Whitney here! In the last week I’ve had four different friends spill the beans about a little bun growing in their oven.. Call it inspiration, fate, or just plain ironic that that is the very subject I’ve been back and forth on blogging about.
Pregnancy has to be one of the most fascinating, weird, precious, miraculous things to happen to the body. Growing a tiny human in your body that you will also pass through your body 9 months down the road.. could sound a little science fiction-y if that wasn’t the way it’s been since the dawn of time.
I won’t lie, the day my own loving mother broke the news to me that in fact, the stork did not drop me off on the front porch or that babies don’t mysteriously go from your tummy to the crib made the images of my future self holding my own babies quickly fly out the window. Ignorance is bliss has never been a more perfect phrase.
Thankfully, I grew past the ‘grossed out’ and a ‘terrified’ stage to “just little anxious’.(insert nervous laugh emoji here). Working alongside Kristen and the rest of the team here at LTGLN has changed my perspective immensely. (Thank you guys).
So, without further ado, let me share with you the benefits that are just waiting to be reaped by soaking in magnesium while pregnant.
The magnesium chloride hales from the Zechstein Sea in The Netherlands. It’s obtained by salt mining and undergoes numerous processes including water injection, pressure, dissolution, and precipitation. All of this work naturally removes nearly all impurities. Thus resulting in pure magnesium oil, also known as magnesium chloride.
If you’ve ever been into the shop or have been to a workshop hosted by Kristen, you know that magnesium is one of our favorite products and top sellers. Magnesium is a cornerstone in the foundation of your health, pregnant women included. Its many benefits include:
- better sleep cycles
- balancing hormones
- aids in decreasing inflammation
- rebuilds body tissue
- it regulates blood sugar
- and is great for muscle aches and restless leg syndrome (RSL).
Without magnesium, muscles don’t relax properly, which is where cramps happen. Kristen has talked to numerous mamas who had completely different birthing and labor experiences when they compared delivery experiences before they were introduced to magnesium versus after. Night and day difference. Can you imagine the simple act of soaking your feet or chilling in the tub with a splash of magnesium is actually putting you on the fast track to a smoother delivery for both you and your sweet baby?
Leveling up in magnesium can also avert baby from having acid reflux and other digestive issues. Magnesium helps the LES (lower esophageal sphincter) to close, preventing stomach acid from coming back up, causing vomit or spit up. It’s also the natural relaxant mineral, so a baby with healthy levels of magnesium will sleep better, too!
Many of you are familiar with taking Magnesium supplements orally, it’s also found in antacids and laxatives. While taking Magnesium supplements have short-term perks, it’s really just acting as a temporary bandaid. It fixes the problem on the surface but the problem still lies underneath and can be quite detrimental to your health long-term. The part where taking magnesium orally starts to be detrimental is where it’s continually passing through the digestive tract. It prevents your body from absorbing all the good nutrients you’re feeding your body and baby. This puts you in the fast lane to becoming not only magnesium deficient but you’ll lose all of your crucial vitamins and minerals that feed your mind and body as well as house your sweet little bun in the oven.
Our Magnesium Soak is a great option to get your magnesium levels up. Most do it by just soaking their feet in a glass or stainless bowl with some nice warm water for 20-30 minutes. Others, such as myself, like to just pour that ¼ cup into my bathtub and level up while relaxing and washing my hair. Multitasking for the win! LTGLN also carries a very gentle Magnesium Lotion. It was formulated with babies and small children in mind so they too could feel the benefits of magnesium but in a gentle way that won’t upset their delicate, extra sensitive skin. Rubbing this on their tummies or used all over as a baby lotion is a great way to ensure they’re continuously getting magnesium.
So, once you’ve soaked or have been soaking a few times a week you’re good to go, right? Wrong! Magnesium is not something that our bodies naturally produce. We are, however, experts at draining our body of it. How you ask? Let me list below some of the biggest offenders that kick magnesium out of our body the fastest:
- sugar intake
- processed foods
- lack of sleep
- auto-immune diseases
- and prescription medications
Don’t let the list above further stress you out! You need to hang onto all the magnesium your body has got! Plus, there are a few factors above that I think everyone is guilty of.. If you have never felt stress in your life, I would love to know your secrets and also ask you a big, fat, giant, HOW?! These are just good things to be aware of so you can gauge how fast you are burning through your magnesium. This in no way is meant to be an added stress to your day. Instead, make it party of your daily routine! I suggest when you are begging to soak, do it at night. Make it part of your winding down regimen. I implore those of you who feel you don’t have to time to simply MAKE time for it. Who can’t find a good 20-30 minutes in their day? There are literally SO many options:
- soak while you eat dinner
- soak in the tub
- soak while you read the newspaper
- soak during your quiet time after the house is calmed down + everyone’s in bed
- soak while you pin your dream life on Pinterest
- soak while working at the computer (carefully! Keep away from cords, outlets, etc).
- soak while you binge-watch something on Netflix
- you can even soak while you mindlessly scroll through Instagram & Facebook 😉
I sure hope I have given you a few little pieces of good advice or piqued your interest and laid a clear foundation on such an amazing product that we are so grateful to be able to carry.
All magnesium products can be purchased online, here, or in our shop.
Now go #getsoaked!!
-Whitney, LTGLN team member