Magnesium levels & cramping
Most of our woman members here will know that if your magnesium levels are low, monthly cramping is a real thing. If your levels are high, it can reduce or eliminate it.
This got me to thinking about labor. Essentially, it is cramping, not just of the uterus, but many more muscles working in tandem.
Many women are magnesium deficient to begin with, plus many have a fear of labor as if it is or will result in an emergency and has no need of hospitalization (labor in itself is not an emergency, just normal end of pregnancy physical work). Stress reduces magnesium levels, and what happens when fear is involved...stress increases substantially. Fear can cause other issues in labor too, but right now, I am focusing on magnesium.
My thoughts are that just as in our cycles, some cramp more than others. In labor, some women feel more pain than others (I'm not talking drugs/no drugs...just normal, natural labor). So what my question is...would having a balanced magnesium level before, at the onset of and during labor make a difference in the pain experienced when the muscles are working so hard? Would it prepare them to function in an even better way?
I bet it would.
I would be very curious to know what Susun Weed, Aviva Romm and other wise herbal women would have to say about this. I was introduced to Susun Weed's books on pregnancy with my first. I don't agree with her spiritual views, but the herbal & labor stuff is right on the mark.
@torey Have you ever come across anything like this?