Coconut oil is not only a perfect match for many delicacies. It is not just another household item that you can use for many household routines, but you can also incorporate it into your diet, as well as in your beauty habits. Here we list some of the amazing benefits of coconut oil for pregnancy.
- Coconut oil has essential features that can promote repair, healing, and total wellness of the body. It contains antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal properties that can shield the body from several immune system-related problems, including the most common of them (colds, flu, and other viruses). Just two tablespoons of this life-giving oil are all you need each day for a healthy immune system.
- Coconut oil is an excellent source of lauric acid. This type of fatty acid found in coconut oil is said to lower risks for heart disease. In fact, it may actually help lower blood cholesterol levels. Lauric acid in coconut oil also helps in promoting skin health. Consumption of just two tablespoons of coconut oil will help stimulate milk production when breastfeeding. It will also mean that the essential goodness of the lauric acid present in coconut oil will be passed to the baby during breastfeeding.
- Coconut oil is an all-in-one skin care alternative. You can use it as a cleanser, moisturizer, hair conditioner, body lotion, aftersun lotion, even a shave cream as well as a solution for rashes and scratches.
- Helps in alleviating pregnancy-related problems. Pregnancy brings with it related symptoms such as heartburn, constipation, morning sickness, even vaginal dryness. A small amount of this amazing oil can soothe your stomach and help flush out bacteria from your esophagus. It can also ease the discomfort that may be associated with such a condition.
- Can help prevent or lessen the appearance of stretch marks. Stretch marks are also common effects of pregnancy. Applying the coconut on its own, or with a combination of other natural ingredients, such as tea tree oil, vanilla, sugar, rose oil, and so on, will help diminish the appearance of stretch marks. It can help repair the tear in the dermis that causes the marks by eliminating toxins and promoting the growth of healthy tissues in the affected area. Its moisturizing property and the presence of vitamin E in it help fade out the appearance of the marks on the outer skin.
- Can be used as a massage oil. As the oil is gentle enough for baby’s skin, you can enjoy more bonding moment while massaging your baby’s body and soothe her/him to sleep. You can also use it to gently remove cradle cap and diaper rashes on your baby.
- Good for dry hair. If you have a dry hair due to pregnancy, you can use coconut oil to invigorate the hair roots and replenish the natural oil on them.
- Helps in weight loss. Coconut oil will drive your body to work more and continue moving throughout the day. Thus, helping you to lose the extra fat while maintaining a healthy metabolism.
- Can help soothe skin irritation. Dry skin is another common concern of many pregnant women. You can apply a small amount of coconut oil on the affected area to soothe the dryness and moisturize it. If you have cracking nipples, you can also apply it to them. It can help repair and heal broken skin easily as well.
How do you use coconut oil during pregnancy?
Coconut oil may be consumed on its own or applied directly to affected areas. You can also add a small amount of it to your smoothie, and eat more delicacies that used coconut oil for frying or sauteeing.
This amazing oil provides expectant moms with a essential combination of vitamins, minerals, fats, and proteins that are bursting with goodness for the baby. If you would like your baby to be healthy, incorporate the inexpensive yet healthy coconut oil into most of your daily diet as well as in your other health routines.
How many ways have you used coconut during pregnancy? Perhaps you would like to share a recipe or other ways to benefit from coconut oil. You can mention them in the comments below and engage other readers as well.