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May 15th, 2014, 12:45 PM
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Has anyone taken coconut oil while pregnant?

It has tons of health benefits and other benefits. I want to start taking it but not sure if I should wait until after the baby is born.
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May 15th, 2014, 01:32 PM
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What would you be taking it for? The "benefits" of coconut oil are highly over-rated (in my opinion). Its just an oil high in saturated fats. I'm not one to really care about an oil's fat content as I just follow a diet of eating things in moderation. I'm wary of fad items like coconut oil for two reasons. 1) There is absolutely such thing as too much of a good thing and 2) You can't be quite sure where the product is coming from. For all you know, the coconuts were grown using heavy pesticides and processed in some awful way. There isn't much reliable regulation over supplements like coconut oil so the packaging that says something like "All Natural" could just be green-washing.

So, take some if you want. It likely won't hurt. But don't go crazy.
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May 15th, 2014, 02:54 PM
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I don't take it. I use it for cooking at times, but have never just taken a spoonful or anything like that. That seems so gross to me especially since it's still solid at room temperature.

I do use coconut oil as a moisturizer though and love it! It keeps my belly nice and soft. I've heard it can be used on the nipples when BFing, as well.
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May 15th, 2014, 03:05 PM
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Its great to moisturize and also to cook with. I have never heard of anyone taking it as far as eating a spoonful. I have heard of oil pulling and in my opinion it works , esp for tooth pain. But Erin is right. I tryvnot to get into or take fad items. It works great for my dogs sensitive skin however!!!
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May 15th, 2014, 03:19 PM
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I've taken it in the past, I did notice a big difference in my skin and hair so I know it works. I was just curious if it's safe for pregnancy or not. My best friend uses it on her skin and she says it helps keep her skin soft. I don't have a problem with my skin not being soft but I want to try putting it on my belly, regular lotion and the stretch mark lotion is just not doing the job, I'm super itchy from the stretching - I had PUPPS rash when I was pregnant with my daughter and I think (praying it's not) that I am getting it again...itchy bumps starting in the stretch marks. I'm willing to try anything to keep the itching under control becuase it's pretty miserable, especially when it starts spreading!

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May 15th, 2014, 04:34 PM
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I totally recommend the coconut oil for the belly. It lasts much longer than regular lotion and is very soothing on my itchy belly. Plus, I enjoy the smell.
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May 15th, 2014, 06:38 PM
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I didn't know people "took" coconut oil honestly! I cook with it on occasion but I use it more for skin care than anything. Makes my unbearably dry pregnant skin less irritable (for a while, I'd scratch my legs til they bled because I was so itchy) but slathering on that in the shower helps a ton.
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