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Benefits of Coconut Oil during Pregnancy

April 19, 2016

The succulent scent of coconut oil entices you. But, do you know that coconut oil is no lesser than a boon if you are pregnant. Owing to the multiple benefits of coconut oil during pregnancy, its consumption during the crucial nine-months is highly advisable.

What Makes Coconut oil So Beneficial? 

Benefits of coconut oil are due to the presence of fatty acids like caprylic, capric and lauric acid. That apart, coconut oil contains saturated fats that are heart-healthy. Vitamin E is found in abundance. The oil controls cholesterol, stress, blood pressure, boosts immunity and control weight issues.

Boosts the Immunity of Mother and Fetus:

Coconut oil is the second richest source of the Lauric acid that elevates the immunity of both mother and the unborn child. Lauric acid combats the viruses and bacteria that cause diseases like influenza, HIV and herpes etc. It also defends the body from the harmful bacteria like heliobacter pylori and Listeria.

Control the Insulin Level:


Sugar level of expecting mothers tends to be high. Consumption of coconut oil is recommended henceforth. It reduces stress on the pancreas and facilitates the flow of insulin.


Control Cholesterol Level and High Blood Pressure of Mother:


Lauric acid prevents the elevating blood pressure and high cholesterol level because of the healthy saturated fat contained in it.


Keeps the Digestive Track Healthy:


The saturated fat contained in the coconut oil has anti-microbial properties which keep the flora of gut intact. So, if expecting mothers consume coconut oil, they do not complain of cramping bloating and other such issues. It is light and gets easily processed by the digestive system. Owing to its lightness, the oil is recommended for the people with gall bladder issues. The oil is packed with anti-microbial lipids and hence keeps the harmful protozoa of the gut at bay.


Checks Excessive Weight Gain:

During pregnancy, you tend to gain weight. Consumption of coconut oil stimulates your body metabolism and elevates your body temperature. Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCT) present in the coconut oil prevents liver diseases as all the content of coconut oil can be metabolized easily and get converted into energy directly. Henceforth, the oil is great for the pregnant ladies. Easily metabolized MCTs of the oil facilitate the weight loss.


During the nine crucial months of your pregnancy, you remain extra cautious as you do not want to get your unborn baby harmed anyway. So, avail all the health benefits of coconut oil during pregnancy to keep you and your baby healthy.

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Alisha Kapoor is an independent consultant, an avid traveler, fitness freak and writes about women's lifestyle issues including parenting, fitness, health, beauty and fashion.

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