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Pregnancy and Magnesium Sulfate
phylisfeinerjohnson posted:
You probably already know that before you get pregnant, you should take prenatal vitamins with 0.4 milligrams of folic acid every day, and keep taking them throughout the pregnancy.

Folic acid has been shown to reduce the risk of some birth defects by 60% to 70%.

But here's an interesting factoid: Magnesium sulfate has been shown to prevent additional seizures in pregnant women.

In recent years, doctors have disagreed about whether magnesium sulfate or more traditional anti-seizure medications (diazepam, phenytoin) should be preferred.

Obstetricians favored magnesium, while neurologists favored the more traditional approach.

However, a large amount of clinical evidence now conclusively supports the use of magnesium sulfate as the safest and most effective drug for preventing seizures in pregnant women.

Overall, the data shows that magnesium sulfate can reduce the risk of having ongoing seizures by up to 66%.

When compared to other anti-seizure medications, magnesium sulfate has been shown to be more effective and to reduce the risk of other possible complications in pregnant women.

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