9 Health Benefits Of Drinking Coconut Water During Your Pregnancy
Every gynaecologist will tell you that one should consume a lot of water during one’s pregnancy, especially since the amount of amniotic fluid in the sac is dependent upon the consumption of water.Having said that, if you are feeling nauseous or just can’t get yourself to down extra water, other, non-aerated drinks might be your best bet. Coconut water, or nariyal pani, as it is better known across north India, is a good alternative as it tastes better, packs in the nutrition, and is a low-fat drink.
Here are 9 reasons why you should drink coconut water during your pregnancy:
- You need more electrolytes – Morning sickness is a common complaint in pregnancy, especially during the first trimester. During this time, your body demands more electrolytes so that there is no dehydration. Coconut water works perfectly to combat dehydration as it contains minerals, sodium, calcium, potassium, and phosphorus, that work together to maintain equilibrium in your body and ensure that you don’t suffer.
- Works as a diuretic – Coconut water is a natural diuretic, which means that it makes you want to visit the restroom often, because of the electrolytes present in it. This helps rid your body of toxins and ensures that your kidney works in top condition. Frequent urination also helps eliminate urinary tract infections, that are common during pregnancy.
- Say goodbye to constipation – Thanks to the hormonal changes taking place in your body during pregnancy, and also because of the extra iron you are consuming, constipation becomes a common complaint during these months. Coconut water regulates your pH levels and ensures that your bowel movement is impacted, so in that sense, it works as a laxative. It also prevents acidity.
- Regulates blood pressure – With magnesium and lauric acid in it, coconut water helps maintain blood pressure during pregnancy. High blood pressure can lead to all kinds of complications, so keeping it in check during these months is imperative.
5. Keeps weight in check – Since coconut water is a low-fat drink, it works well to provide you with nutrients without adding to your weight gain during pregnancy. Sometimes, you crave a sweet fix in the form of a drink, but if you give aerated drinks a miss, coconut water works just as well and is a healthier option for an expectant mother.
6. Gives you energy – It is important to keep yourself active during your pregnancy, so that you can have a normal delivery, which is better for your body as well as for your child, in the long run. If you are working out, a glass of coconut water really helps energise you post your exercise, so have it instead of a sugary drink.
7. Maintains amniotic fluid levels – You need to maintain the fluid level in your body and ensure that the unborn foetus gets enough hydration through the trimesters. Coconut water helps increase the volume of blood, and helps circulation as well.
8. No gestational diabetes – If you have an advanced maternal age (over 35), or if you have a family history of diabetes, this is a worrying time for you. Choosing to drink coconut water instead of other drinks helps keep gestational diabetes at bay, by controlling sugar levels.
9. Combats morning sickness – Drinking coconut water, especially in the first trimester, works well, as it allows the body to get its fluids from a source other than water, and is said to be an excellent way to keep nausea and morning sickness at bay.
Coconut water should definitely be an important part of a pregnant woman’s diet, as it is one of the fruits good for pregnancy, but there are several myths that accompany it too:
- It is a complete food – While it is true that coconut water has several nutrients, it is not a complete drink that will fulfil all of a pregnant woman’s nutritional requirements during this period. A pregnant woman should have a balanced diet that contains all the macro and the micronutrients.
- It improves the baby’s hair – Some people believe that your baby will have a thicker head of hair if you drink coconut water through your pregnancy. However, the fact is that there is no correlation between the baby’s hair growth and coconut water.
- It improves the baby’s complexion – Healthy skin and hair in a baby is hereditary, and has nothing at all to do with whether or not you drink coconut water during your pregnancy.
So while it is true that there are many benefits of coconut water, in isolation, it will not better your maternal health or that of your child. In addition to coconut water, ensure you have a diet that’s rich in other nutrients and meets all the food group requirements.