You are probably thinking, coconut oil again? No worries, I have had and still do react like that, when I discover, yet another usage for this all natural product that has infiltrated practically every aspect of our lives. The truth is, coconut oil is the IT oil right now, and the good news is that, it has amazing benefits for pregnant moms, right from the pregnancy to post-partum period and best of all, on the baby.
Its antioxidant, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties are what a pregnancy woman and later nursing mom and baby can benefit from. Just be sure to stick to an organic coconut oil, instead of refined ones.
Coconut oil came up for discussion between my friend, (a new mom) and I a few weeks ago. I had gone to visit with her and say hello to the new baby, when she had complained about the nurses at her clinic lying about the efficacy of “this oil.”
She brought out this transparent bottle, more than half filled and thrust it into my hand, while she continued to tell me about how it was not doing what the nurses, had said it would do. I opened to perceive. Behold the unmistakeable aroma of coconut oil hit me.
It dawned on me that coconut oil was what she was calling “this oil.” She said, the nurses and matrons at her ante natal clinic had advised all the pregnant women not to buy any fancy baby oil and such, but to only buy coconut oil, as it was very good, during pregnancy and then, to usage on the baby. They sold that unbranded oil to them anyway and I guess, that’s what making her angry.
While coconut oil had helped her skin to glow, and relieved the itchiness of her bump, it had not worked on the baby, as within two days of being born, her baby had developed heat rashes and her mom was left wondering, how that had happened, considering she was using the oil, her nurses had told her was a “cure all.”
As at the time of my visit, she had already told her husband to buy another product from the store, on his way home from work. I had to encourage her to continue using it, for a week at least, before giving up on the nurses’ advice.
She did and by the time, I visited her three days later, her baby’s skin was clearer and it was still the same coconut oil, she was using. She now uses it for practically everything concerning the baby and even on her own skin.
Digging to know more about this wonderful natural product, below is a list of its usage, during and even after pregnancy, on the baby and a nursing mommy.
- Take It as a Supplement
The benefits of coconut oil range from resisting bacteria and viruses to reducing cholesterol. While you should always consult a doctor before adding a new supplement to your routine (especially during pregnancy), the all-natural superpowers of coconut oil are certainly something to consider adding to your diet.
- Boosts Baby’s Immune system
Coconut oil contains lauric acid, a powerful anti-microbial fatty acid that protects the immune system of a foetus and newborn. Expectant mothers can ingest 2-3 tablespoons a day to boost their immune function. Mix it into a smoothie, your favourite tea or in your soups.
- Stretch Mark Cream
The pricey nature of stretch mark creams doesn’t necessarily mean, they will work; rather than, waste money, keep a bottle of coconut oil on your bedside table. Rubbing coconut oil on your skin can help prevent or relieve the itching and discomfort often connected to pregnancy.
Coconut oil’s moisturizing properties help prevent new stretch marks from forming, while fading out pre-existing ones. So, if you are a pregnancy veteran, you should seriously consider coconut oil.
- Stress Relief
Pregnancy is stressful. There are times; you are just tired, as in T-I-R-E-D. Adding a few drops of coconut oil to your bath water serves as a natural and hydrating form of stress relief. Even if you are not pregnant, you should try it.
Post Partum usage:
- Clean up meconium
The usage of this oil can start a few hours after the baby is born with the first poo of the baby. Newborn meconium is difficult to clean off, but a little coconut oil on a cotton swab, will clean it right up! Meconium is the dark green substance forming the first faeces of a newborn infant. Unlike later faeces, meconium is composed of materials ingested during the time the infant spends in the uterus.
- Relieve sore/cracked nipples
If you’re breastfeeding, you might suffer from irritated or sore nipples. Applying coconut oil helps prevent and treat such cracking and soreness. Many breastfeeding mamas swear by using coconut oil; my friend is already singing the praises of this oil in relieving the pain of her cracked nipples.
- Boost Milk Supply
Eating a few tablespoons of coconut oil each day can increase your milk flow. A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has shown that lactating mothers who eat coconut oil and other coconut products, have significantly increased levels of lauric acid and capric acid in their breast milk, creating milk rich in health promoting nutrients. Coconut oil is easy for an infant’s immature digestive system to absorb and utilize. It also provides energy in the form of medium chain fatty acids to help the baby grow and develop properly.
- Diaper rash
Just a little coconut oil applied to a baby’s diaper rash instead of fancy diaper creams, is all you need to see the rash disappear. And, it has been proven to be helpful in the treatment of common cases of candidiasis (yeast infection) in babies.
So, from whichever way, you look at it, coconut oil is a hit, back to back.
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