Low Potassium and Magneisum

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QUESTION

Dear Midwife,
My daughter is almost 6 months pregnant and her blood tests show she is low 3.2 versus 3.5 in her potassium levels. They tried to get her count to the normal rate using an IV and nothing changed after 6 bags. They have her taking several potassium pills a day and it only went from 3.1 to 3.2 after 2 weeks. They are now sending her to a renal doctor (kidneys) but they say the baby is fine.

I have tried to research this on the web without much luck. Should we be concerned? One OB doctor said it wasn't a great concern that it is sometimes normal in young women and should improve after the baby is born, the other one says she is not too concerned but wants us to go see a specialist anyway? She is having no symptoms or problems.

ANSWER

I'm sorry, I have never heard of such a problem that couldn't be solved, so I would defer to the specialist.

-- Cynthia, CNM. PhD.