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Coconut Water During Pregnancy: Is it Safe?

Coconut Water During Pregnancy: Is it Safe?

Coconut water is a rich source of carbohydrates and electrolytes including sodium, potassium, and magnesium. It has been a popular drink around the world for centuries because of its multiple health benefits. It is also a good alternative for drinks such as tea, coffee, and cold drinks. No doubt, coconut water is power-packed with nutritional benefits, but is it safe to drink coconut water during pregnancy?

Is it safe to drink coconut water during pregnancy?

Coconut water prevents urinary tract infection, improves digestion, prevents dehydration, reduces blood pressure, prevents kidney stones, and reduces heart risk, to name a few. To add to it is the fact that it is low in calories and carbohydrates.

Feeling tired and exhausted is quite common in pregnancy. In order to get rid of the feeling, coconut water is recommended. Consuming coconut water in moderate quantities is safe.

In the first three months of pregnancy, coconut water is beneficial as it helps to get rid of dehydration and prevents constipation.

Nutritional benefits of coconut water

A cup of coconut water contains the following nutritional benefits:

  • Calories – 46
  • Sodium – 252 mg
  • Potassium – 600 mg
  • Carbohydrates – 8.9 grams
  • Dietary fibre – 2.6 grams
  • Sugars – 6.26 grams
  • Calcium – 6 per cent

Benefits of coconut water during pregnancy

  • Drinking coconut water during pregnancy prevents urinary tract infection, as it is a rich source of minerals, potassium, and magnesium. It helps to clear the urinary tract and prevents kidney stones.
  • Hormonal changes are common during pregnancy. These changes result in several issues including constipation, heartburn, and indigestion. The dietary fiber content in the drink improves digestion and prevents constipation.
  • Coconut water helps in regulating blood pressure as it is rich in potassium, magnesium, and lauric acid.
  • Since it is a natural drink minus any added preservatives or flavors, it doesn’t harm your baby.
  • Coconut water prevents dehydration. Since hydration improves the elasticity of the skin, consuming coconut water during pregnancy can also help to lower the chances of stretch marks.

Side effects of coconut water for pregnant women

  • Coconut water contains sodium. Women suffering from pre-eclampsia must avoid consuming coconut water.
  • Pregnant women suffering from high blood pressure are not advised to consume coconut water.
  • If you are suffering from any kidney ailment, it is always advised to consult with your doctor before consuming coconut water.

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How much coconut water is enough?

A glass of coconut water is enough for pregnant women. Always consume freshwater. Avoid consuming canned or bottled coconut water.

Things to remember

  • Before consuming coconut water on a regular basis it is always advised to consult with your doctor.
  • Moderation is what you should always prefer. Consuming more coconut water can lead to electrolyte imbalance in your body.
  • Make sure you always consume fresh coconut. Avoid consuming coconut water that has added flavors and preservatives.
  • Always use a clean straw to consume coconut water. You can even pour the drink into a glass and then drink it.

How to choose the right coconut

To enjoy the maximum benefit of coconut, you need to pick a coconut that is fresh. Follow these simple steps to get your hands on the right coconut. Choose a coconut that is medium in size and is green in color. Avoid the ones with brown shells.

Shake the coconut vigorously and check if it has enough water. While consuming the coconut water, check if the water doesn’t taste sour. Also, avoid coconuts that contain the white tender substances.

 

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Sources

What are the benefits of drinking coconut water during pregnancy/https://www.babycenter.in/x1019315/what-are-the-benefits-of-drinking-coconut-water-during-pregnancy/Accessed on 18/11/2019

Drinking Coconut Water During Pregnancy: 12 Benefits & 3 Myth/https://www.momjunction.com/articles/benefits-of-drinking-coconut-water-while-pregnant_00377645/#gref/Accessed on 18/11/2019

Drinking Coconut Water During Pregnancy/https://parenting.firstcry.com/articles/drinking-coconut-water-during-pregnancy/Accessed on 18/11/2019

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Written by Nikita Bhalla Updated Oct 17
Fact Checked by Bianchi Mendoza, R.N.