There are a number of benefits of olive oil. From adding great flavor to your dinner to hydrating your skin naturally, this natural oil is one that’s safe for everyone – even expecting moms. Not only is it safe (and beneficial) to consume olive oil during pregnancy, but there are a number of vitamins and fatty acids in the oil that are good for your baby. Here are the major benefits of olive oil during pregnancy.
Protects Immune System
No doubt you want to protect yourself from becoming sick while you’re pregnant. Olive oil contains a generous amount of Vitamin A, which gives your immune system a boost and protects you from infection. Vitamin A is also linked to better vision and healthy eyes in your baby’s growth.
Aids In Childbirth
Enjoying olive oil during pregnancy can help through the birthing process. The Vitamin K properties of the oil support the coagulation process of your blood, aiding in a smooth delivery. The Vitamin C in olive oil helps maintain proper blood circulation, which supplies oxygen to the brain and other organs (vital to a healthy, controlled delivery).
Heart & Brain Development
Olive oil is paced with healthy fats, or Omega-3, which are essential to producing a healthy nervous and immune system in the baby. Olive oil consumption is particularly beneficial in the last trimester of pregnancy as that’s when the baby’s nervous system develops. The healthy fats also aid in intellectual development, can help fight diabetes later in life and offer properties that aid in a healthy heart.
The Vitamin E packed in olive oil acts as an agent to lower the health risks becoming more prominent in premature babies, specifically in the liver and kidneys. The Vitamin E is also added nutrients the baby can receive through nursing and helps the kidneys and pancreas function properly.
Treat Stretch Marks
The last three months of pregnancy can create stretch marks on different parts of the body as the pelvic muscles and abdomen stretch and expand. Applying olive oil, or natural oil derived from olive oil, will help greatly reduce the appearance of stretch marks and make it easier for your skin to expand. Apply the oil regularly – morning and night – to see the best results.
Pregnancy brings on drastic hormonal changes, which may affect your complexion. Keep your skin clear and hydrated with an olive oil based cleanser. Olive oil is known to remove dead skin, clear pores and lock in moisture. On days when the pregnancy glow is a little dim, an olive oil moisturizer will restore your radiance.
As an added bonus, the oleocanthal in olive oil offers anti-inflammatory properties, which help to alleviate aches and pains during pregnancy.
The health benefits of olive oil for moms-to-be are significant. Use the oil topically and in cooking, even after childbirth, to maintain healthy skin and promote growth in your new baby.