by Samantha Wilkinson, MS, RDN, LD, Dolce Dietitian
Here at The Dolce Diet we love coconut oil, not only for cooking and adding to our coffee, but for many other reasons, including during pregnancy. Do you know how many beneficial elements coconut oil contains? Well, we are here to fill you in on this creamy oil’s health benefits for mom and baby!
-Coconut oil contains Lauric Acid, a medium chain triglyceride (MCT) only found in mother’s milk and coconut oil. (Ratios are identical between human milk and coconut oil)
Make Baby’s skin silky smooth
Rub a small amount on baby’s skin as a moisturizing agent for any dry spots.
Rub a little bit of coconut oil on baby’s gums as a natural pain-relieving agent (much better alternative to whiskey).
Natural Diaper Rash Cream
Use coconut oil in place of diaper rash creams for an all natural alternative.
Natural Vapor Rub
Mix coconut oil with extra virgin olive oil and rub on baby’s chest to help clear congestion.
Milk Supply Multiplier
Taking 3 1/2 tbs. or more per day may increase milk supply, which means less pumping for you!
Coconut oil has anti-microbial and anti-fungal properties that can help strengthen Mom’s immune system, which becomes weakened during pregnancy.
Extra virgin coconut oil may help reduce morning sickness by leveling off blood sugars.
Stave Off Stretch Marks
Rubbing coconut oil on your pregnant belly may help reduce the appearance of stretch marks since it works as a natural moisturizer. (You can also apply it to dry nipples during breastfeeding, and it’s not harmful if baby suckles with coconut oil applied.)
Curb the Constipation
Taking coconut oil daily during pregnancy may help reduce constipation since it acts as a natural laxative.