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Why Coconuts are the Secret to a Happy Pregnancy

Why Coconuts are the Secret to a Happy Pregnancy

Coconuts and their derivatives have a wide range of uses (other than being a tasty treat, of course)Due to the fruit’s versatility, the coconut palm tree is referred to by many as the tree of life, which makes it fitting that coconuts may be the secret ingredient to a happy pregnancy! Read about the many benefits of consuming Vita Coco coconut oil and coconut water during pregnancy.

Benefits of coconut water in pregnancy

Discover the benefits of drinking coconut water during pregnancy

So, other than the fact it tastes amazing, why should you drink coconut water during your pregnancy?

It can help with morning sickness

Undoubtedly one of the worst experiences during pregnancy, morning sickness can be very unpleasant for mums-to-beIt can cause you to lose a lot of fluids, and with these, electrolytes – the minerals in our bodies which help us function normally. When you’re down on electrolytes, you will likely feel dehydrated and nauseous. Vita Coco coconut water contains naturally occurring electrolytes, so treating yourself to a glass will replenish your minerals! 

It aids heart health and can help prevent muscle fatigue

If you do experience morning sickness, you might be low on potassium, one of the key electrolytes. When you’re lacking potassium, your blood pressure rises, which can have a negative impact on heart health. You may also feel fatigued, as potassium supports muscle contractions and the body’s absorption of nutrients. Coconut water can help to replenish your potassium levels to help prevent fatigue and keep your heart healthy.

It can aid digestion

Your baby pressing against your stomach, coupled with hormonal changes, can lead to indigestion, and with that, nasty side effects such as heartburn and acid reflux. Don’t fret, as this is really common during pregnancy. The dietary fibre in coconut water helps to support the digestive system to help prevent any discomfort.

Is it safe to drink coconut water while pregnant?

Yes, it’s perfectly safe to drink coconut water while you’re pregnant! However, you can have too much of a good thing, so drink in moderation. This is because of the mineral content in coconut water – try and stick to no more than two cups a day to prevent an upset tummy.

Source: https://www.healthline.com/health/pregnancy/coconut-water-in-pregnancy#benefits

Benefits of coconut oil during pregnancy

You can use Vita Coco coconut oil for stretch marks

Unsurprisingly, coconut oil shares some of coconut water’s benefits, such as reducing heartburn and providing indigestion relief. However, coconut oil has other beneficial properties that make consumption ideal for expecting mums.

It can give your immune system a boost

Because of its lauric acid content, coconut oil is naturally antibacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal. Pregnancy is known to affect your immune system strength, so a couple of teaspoons of coconut oil each day could make all the difference in keeping you and your baby healthy throughout. Simply swap it for your regular cooking oil and enjoy with your favourite cooked meats or vegetables. 

Source: https://www.momjunction.com/articles/coconut-oil-during-pregnancy_00397620/

It doubles up as a natural moisturiser

Most women experience dry skin during pregnancyTo soothe dry skintry swapping out your everyday moisturiser for something natural, like coconut oil! It helps to prevent dehydration by forming a barrier on the skin’s surface to lock in moisture.

It can help reduce the appearance of stretch marks

The formation of stretch marks is also very common during pregnancyWhile using coconut oil for stretch marks won’t get rid of them, consistently applying it topically, especially in the early stages, can improve skin’s elasticity and in turn reduce the appearance of stretch marks.

Source: https://www.healthline.com/health/coconut-oil-for-stretch-marks#benefits-and-uses

You can use it on your baby

Coconut oil can even be used to treat a number of skin conditions that are common in newborn babies! It’s widely used to treat nappy rash, dry skin and cradle cap – but remember to test it on a small patch of your baby’s skin first and check for any signs of irritation.

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