Hola moms-to-be! Isn’t it a great feeling already? The little kicks and movements, the pampering and attention, getting to eat all that you crave without feeling guilty - one of life’s best moments, we tell you!
Pregnancy brings along with it a lot of life changes, much beyond erratic mood swings and sleepless nights. The most visible change, of course, is the growing baby bump (preggo ladies are the cutest!). With the passing weeks, you start visibly noticing the baby’s movements too in your belly, along with the rapidly increasing stretch marks. The stress, sleepless nights, binge eating and hormonal changes in your body makes you susceptible to many more problems of pregnancy like hair fall, constant hunger, indigestion, cracking skin, possible skin diseases and dryness, etc.
While there are medications available for all of this, what's better than using one product that works for almost all the common problems in pregnant ladies. Virgin coconut oil - the all-in-one magic potion bursting with health benefits for everyone, including pregnant women. A few traditionally known, while some more uses have been found to be beneficial after research and use cases. Here is a list of 7 benefits of coconut oil during pregnancy that should be known to all expectant mothers:
1. Anti-infection properties of coconut oil protect you and your little one from common illnesses
Known to prevent most fungal, viral and bacterial infections, as little as 2 tablespoons of coconut oil a day can give you an immunity boost during pregnancy, protecting you and your unborn child from the flu, colds, fevers, etc.
2. Lauric acid helps with producing high-quality breast milk
Lauric acid is very important when it comes to the production of breast milk. Coconut oil is a great source of lauric acid that is its next best source following breast milk. A healthy baby needs healthy breast milk for proper growth.
3. Dairy substitute for mothers who are lactose intolerant
Dairy intake is always suggested during pregnancy, but not all mothers are tolerant to dairy and its products. While cold milk is said to cure antacid, it creates indigestion in many. Virgin coconut oil, on the other hand, can be used to balance stomach acids as it produces chloride and relieves the oesophagus from the discomfort acid reflux causes.
4. Helps overcome pregnancy side effects like morning sickness and dark circles
The sleepless nights give way to side effects like dark circles and falling hair. Using a coconut hair oil pack either overnight or for an hour before having a shower can help keep hair, hair follicles and roots nourished. For dark circles, lightly massage the under-eye area with some coconut oil using the ring finger for light pressure. It helps combat dryness and plumps up the delicate skin under the eyes.
5. Soothing cream for lactating mothers
Lactating mothers have quite a lot of problems owing to the bodily and hormonal changes. One of them is cracked and sore nipples due to breastfeeding. When applied topical, coconut helps soothe the skin and soreness around the affected area.
6. Nourishes and softens dry scalp and skin
Fluctuating hormones lead to many disruptions in a normal life routine like ending up with dry skin and scalp. Eczema also affects a newborn and can be very painful to touch if not treated well. A little virgin coconut oil applied on the affected areas and left overnight will leave the skin nourished.
7. Coconut oil treats stretch marks during pregnancy
Stretch marks during pregnancy is a known phenomena, something that cannot be avoided. The mechanism of a pregnant belly can be compared to that of an elastic balloon that stretches to fit in as much air as it can, to the maximum potential. In the human belly, the elasticity causes some visible marks that cannot be prevented completely but can surely be reduced. There are numerous off-the-counter creams and ointments available, but for the sake of your delicate skin and growing baby, it is best to stick to a remedy that is safe and chemical-free. Virgin coconut oil with its saturated fatty acids aids in enhancing the elasticity of the skin and treating stretch marks.
Known for its soothing smell and sweet taste, virgin coconut oil is a must-have in every modern household. It is a quick fix to most common health, skin and hair problems. Made without using any heat, virgin coconut oil preserves the qualities of the natural seed without many alterations. It’s high saturated fat and smoke point makes it ideal for healthy cooking, and its anti-bacterial and hydrant properties make it a perfect choice for topical application.
Ours at The Coconut People is tried and tested by mothers for themselves and for their babies.
The Coconut People’s 100% virgin coconut oil is made using the best tropical coconuts from Kerala. It is cold-pressed, organic, chemical-free and comes in a sterilised glass jar for a better shelf life.