Coconut oil - one of the most effective means of stretch marks during pregnancy

  1. How is it useful for the skin
  2. How to choose
  3. How to use
  4. Prescriptions
  5. After delivery
  6. Contraindications and side effects

Stretch marks are a problem familiar to most women who have become mothers. Pregnancy is a great burden on the whole organism, and on the skin as well. To avoid their appearance, you need to carefully care for the skin from the first weeks. Coconut oil from stretch marks during pregnancy is considered one of the most effective means.

Coconut oil from stretch marks during pregnancy
Coconut oil - the most effective and at the same time completely safe against stretch marks

Than useful for skin

Oil extracted from the kernels of coconut nut has a surprisingly pleasant aroma and huge benefit to the skin. Its composition favorably affects the elasticity of the skin, moisturizing it and stimulating the production of collagen:

  • lauric acid, which is part of the oil and occupies up to 55% in it, is a strong antioxidant and antibacterial agent;
  • oleic acid extremely effectively
    moisturizes the skin, which is so necessary during the load period;
  • hyaluronic acid is also a good moisturizer, but it also stimulates the regeneration of skin cells.

Other fatty acids( capric, stearic, linoleic, etc.), polysorbates, vitamins( E, A, C, group B), iron, phosphorus - all this also strengthens the skin, moisturizes and retains moisture, relaxes.

That's interesting! The acids contained in the coconut do not react with air, so the oil is practically not oxidized or rancid.

Applying unrefined coconut cold pressed oil from stretch marks during pregnancy can achieve the best effect, because it retains the maximum number of useful components. During pregnancy, stretch marks appear more often than during the rest of the time, this is explained by changes that occur in the body during this period:

  • because of changes in the hormonal background, the skin loses its ability to produce collagen, it becomes dry;
  • weight gain increases the load on the skin and quickly stretches it.

Most often stretch marks appear on the abdomen, as the most stretchable place, and also on the chest, which rapidly increases in size. Less likely to appear on the hips, buttocks and sides. Immediately after the appearance of stria, bright, pinkish. With them you can still fight, because the skin damage is fresh. Over time, streamers brighten, then you can remove them only more powerful ways.

Stretch marks on the belly
Remove stretch marks is difficult, so it's best to take care of

Regular use of coconut oil allows you to achieve many positive effects:

  • strengthening of skin tissues;
  • stimulation of elastin production;
  • deep moisturizing, moisture retention;
  • muscle relaxation.

All this allows the oil to effectively prevent the appearance of stretch marks. But, unfortunately, it is not enough to eliminate existing, old striae. With them so far can only cope with more radical methods, for example, laser removal.

How to choose

The result obtained, in the first place, will depend on the quality of the oil. Do not buy it in unchecked and non-specialized places - markets or stalls. The label should look for the inscription BIO or Organic - this means that when growing coconuts and producing oil, chemicals were not used. And the word Virgin means that the oil is unrefined and was made by cold pressing.

Coconut oil
Unrefined coconut oil in liquid form is translucent, with a light golden tinge

The oil should not show signs of rancidity or deterioration, which include:

  • bright yellow tint;
  • unpleasant smell( similar to smoked meat or sausage);
  • bitter taste.

The present unrefined coconut oil has a light yellow or golden hue and a slight aroma of coconut. At a temperature above +25 degrees it melts and becomes transparent, hardens in the cold.

You can buy quality oil in specialized shops for soap making or cosmetics, as well as in online stores. It is best to buy oil produced by the Dominican Republic or Thailand, since it is there that its industrial production is concentrated.

How to use

To ensure that coconut oil can act against stretch marks as effectively as possible, some rules for its use should be observed. It is best to apply it in the evening, before going to sleep on the cleansed skin, then it can absorb the maximum of useful components. To enhance the effect, you can use the drug twice a day, after a shower.

Having melt in hands a small amount of oil, it is rubbed into the skin of problem areas( stomach, hips, chest) with mild massage movements. It forms on the surface of a light film that retains moisture inside. At the same time, the oil is well absorbed and does not leave unpleasant sensations on the skin.

To prevent stretch marks on the chest, you need to do a nightly massage with oil after shower. The first time it is done by hand, then begin to use a soft cloth, gradually replacing it with a stiffer one. This will help prepare the breast for feeding. And if you grab the nipple with a massage - this will help to avoid cracks in the future.

Important! Use oil regularly! If you think about it from time to time, there will be no effect from use.

It is recommended to begin struggle with extensions already from the second trimester, when the skin starts to stretch. If you include coconut oil in the arsenal of care products from the first weeks of pregnancy, you can achieve a much greater effect and completely eliminate the possibility of the appearance of stretch marks.


Coconut oil is used not only in its pure form, but also to prepare on its basis various means for fighting stria. For example, adding to it other oils( olive, almond, peach), honey, cream or ethers( lavender, rosemary).

Excellent cosmetic
Coconut oil perfectly blends with other oils, complementing and enhancing their effect

You can use the following recipe:

  • a tablespoon of coconut;
  • 5 drops of rosemary essential oil.

Coconut oil is melted in a water bath, rosemary is added to it, mixed thoroughly and applied to the skin. The duration of massage should be 10-15 minutes.

Body scrub

Combining coconut oil with ground coffee can create an effective body scrub. He was rubbed into the area where stretch marks appeared for 15 minutes. Apply the scrub should not be too often, so that the skin does not dry out, enough will be 1-2 times a week. A full course lasts 3 or more months.

Body Cream

A fragrant and "tasty" body cream will be obtained if you mix coconut oil with olive oil and cocoa butter. This means tones up, moisturizes the skin, eliminates peeling.

Body Lotion

If you mix melted coconut oil with your favorite ester, and then whip with a mixer or blender, you will get a fragrant and very useful lotion for the skin. He will take care of her, moisturizing and toning the tissues.

Melted coconut oil can also be added to the bath, this, in addition to beneficial effects to the skin, will help relax and eliminate stress and anxiety. And adding it to shampoos or hair masks will help to get rid of the fragility and dryness that often appear during pregnancy.

It can also be eaten, since coconut oil helps to strengthen immunity and normalize the functioning of the intestines, which is very important for a future mother. In addition, adding this product to the menu can significantly brighten the dietary restrictions that sometimes have to be observed in the last months of pregnancy. On oil, suitable for use in cooking, there must be a corresponding note.

After giving birth

Do not give up on using oil after pregnancy. During the period while the baby is breastfeeding, it will help preserve the shape of the breast and protect it from subsequent stretch marks. And when the milk is over, the use of oil will help restore the condition of the breast.

If the stretch marks did appear during the period of bearing the baby, regular use of coconut oil will help restore the skin and eliminate stretch marks.

Stomach without stretch marks after childbirth
After the birth, coconut oil will help to return the skin of the abdomen and chest to its natural state.

Regular use of coconut oil helps to significantly improve the appearance of cicatrices left behind after cesarean section, and also promotes resorption after episiotomy or rupture.

Contraindications and side effects of

Coconut oil is a natural product, therefore it has no contraindications or side effects. It is completely safe during pregnancy for both mother and baby. The only caveat is that it should be real and should not contain any impurities, additives or flavorings. Fake coconut oil not only does not help with stretch marks, but it can also hurt your mom and baby.

Coconut oil can cause allergies, although such cases are quite rare. Therefore, before starting to use it is necessary to conduct a test for possible intolerance. To do this, a little oil is applied to the wrist or the inside of the elbow fold. If you do not have any unpleasant effects within 24 hours - itching, redness, rashes - you can safely use the oil further.

That's interesting! If the allergic reaction is manifested, you can try to cope with it, applying coconut oil in a diluted form.

In any case, before using the oil, it is better to consult your doctor. He will tell you if there are any individual contraindications.

Coconut oil is an amazing product that can be applied in a wide variety of life. Due to its rich composition, it has become one of the most effective and safe means for preserving the beauty of the skin in the period of expectation of the child.