14 prenatal and postnatal uses of coconut oil

Anyone who knows me well knows my general obsession with coconut. In fact, there are three young Thai coconuts sitting on my counter as I write this article. I realize that coconut oil isn’t all that alternative these days, as every major grocery chain has a variety of options, but there are still a lot of people who don’t understand the life-changing qualities of this edible oil.

Coconut oil is extracted from the kernel (meat) of ripe coconuts, which is harvested from the coconut palm. In the past, coconut oil has been demonized because it contains saturated fat. It is one of the richest sources of saturated fat with almost 90% of the fatty acids it contains being saturated. However, new data shows that saturated fat is harmless and that the whole idea of ​​”blocked arteries” was a myth.

It may also help to know that coconut oil does not contain your regular saturated fat like you would find in cheese or steak. They contain medium chain triglycerides (MCTs) – which are fatty acids of medium length. Most of the fatty acids in the diet are long chain fatty acids, but the medium chain fatty acids in coconut oil are metabolized differently. They go straight to the liver from the digestive tract, where they are either used as a quick source of energy or they convert into ketones, which boost brain power and development.

Ready to make a grocery run for this super food? Make sure you get organic virgin coconut oil – stay away from the fancy options. Read on for the top 14 prenatal and postnatal uses for coconut oil.

1. Add several tablespoons with bathwater to further hydrate your skin. A few drops of essential oils will also make the bath water more soothing.

2. Coconut oil contains lauric acid, a powerful antimicrobial fatty acid that protects the immune system of the fetus and newborn. Pregnant women can ingest 2-3 tablespoons per day to boost their immune function. Mix it in a smoothie, your favorite herbal tea or in a hot porridge for breakfast.

3. Rub the oil on your skin to avoid stretch marks and itchy skin that seems to develop with your belly.

4. Take a spoonful to relieve heartburn, acid reflux, or indigestion.

5. Virgin coconut oil balances blood sugar, controls diabetes and helps fight morning sickness.

6. During those first newborn diaper changes, coconut oil will help remove sticky meconium from your little one’s butt.

7. Breastfeeding moms can use it on their nipples when they become cracked or sore.

8. Eat a few tablespoons of coconut oil each day can increase your milk flow.

9. Coconut oil is the perfect way to remove your baby’s stubborn crib.

10. Use coconut oil to fight your baby’s diaper rash (it is especially good for diaper rash).

11. Need a helping hand after the hard work of taking care of your munchkin? Eat a spoonful for a natural energy boost.

12. Coconut oil taken both internally and topically can help treat the yeast that causes both thrush and candida. Some oil dabbed in your baby’s mouth, as well as mom eating it and applying it to her nipples before breastfeeding is very effective.

13. If you or your little one has eczema, apply coconut oil to your skin to soothe it.

14. Coconut oil is a great hair conditioner that can tame that weird dryness / fallout stage your hair goes through after pregnancy.

And you? How do you like to use coconut oil? Long live a healthy and comfortable pregnancy with coconut oil!

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Patricia J. Callender