Coconut Oil: The Pregnancy Superfood

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A week ago, I received a call from a friend requesting to purchase a small size of our coconut oil, after given her sizes and price, as part of our customer relation, I was trying to inquire what she needs it for and if possible educate her further. I wasn’t surprised when she told me it is part of the antenatal requirement in the hospital. That conversation spurs my further research on the usefulness and health benefit of coconut oil for pregnancy.

My research is not only sourcing information online but also discussion and interview. I was educated by some specialists on maternity that coconut oil is the best option for cleaning and creaming the newborn baby, but due to scarcity, they substitute it with Olive oil.

You must have already got a long list of things to do and not to do during pregnancy. There will always be a suggestion from family and friends but it is advisable to sources for authentic information about those recommendations and reconfirm with by ensuring your doctor is aware of it. Coconut Oil is not an exception.

Consumption During Pregnancy

One of the measures to have a safe delivery and healthy baby is to ensure you consume hygienic foods. Pregnancy superfoods are those consumption by mothers that will provide the nutrients needed for the growth, development, and well-being of your unborn baby. These foods include, among others, eggs, milk, beans, legumes, broccoli, beef, berries, pasteurized cheese, salmon, yogurt, and coconut oil.

Coconut is fast emerging as a popular food choice for pregnant women. Coconut water, oil, and milk are highly beneficial for pregnant and nursing women. Here’s why:

The use of coconut oil in the third trimester reduces prenatal mortality by more than 50%.

With potent anti-viral and anti-fungal properties, coconut oil is effective in preventing colds, flu, and other viral infections. During pregnancy, this might be an important protection for you, as pregnancy deteriorates your immune system, making you vulnerable to various diseases.

As said earlier, not only does it contribute to the development and strengthening of your immune system but also that of your baby.

Another interesting thing to note is that coconut oil is an essential ingredient of the baby formula. This is perhaps because it is a source of lauric acid.

Coconut oil and milk may be gaining importance now, but they have a long history of association with pregnancy and fertility. In India, coconut is considered as a natural remedy for infertility, and in Thailand, it is the first solid food for babies.

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