Pregnancy is the only time when your body becomes too tender and needs utmost care despite being healthy.
It is also the time when you need to watch what you eat and drink the most.
The positive correlation between health and coconut water has been drawn since many generations.
Coconut water is surely considered to be a balanced nutritive drink which is highly refreshing too.
These days owing to your career demands, you may prefer to work in your pregnancy or even if you are not even then there is already so much at your disposal to take care of.
As a result, you would often end up neglecting your water intake with so many things to handle.
Food still is taken care of; thanks to strong hunger pangs and urges that you get in pregnancy.
Hence, Coconut water comes as a big respite and a handy remedy to your reduced liquid intake.
It is a great natural drink which is rich in many minerals, electrolytes, anti-oxidants and vitamins.
Coconut Water during Pregnancy – The Complete Guide
Coconut water is a RICH ISOTONIC DRINK which is highly refreshing, tasty and nutritious.
Coconut water is indeed one of the several gifts of Mother Nature to mankind.
It contains several minerals and vitamins that are needed by your body and by your growing foetus.
It could be had at any time through the day but MORNINGS ARE THE BEST TIME to have it.
On empty stomach it gets absorbed quickly and also helps you to fight with the heartburn and constipation.
You should begin your day with few soaked almonds and coconut water during pregnancy.
But, almonds might cause acidity to some so just be careful with your acidic tendency if you are developing any.
Drinking Coconut water is highly recommended in pregnancy for it has only benefits to offer with no side effects.
In fact, a lot of doctors recommend to consume it daily in pregnancy especially when you feel giddy.
The first and the last trimester is usually the time when you would often complain of heart burn and indigestion.
Especially in the first trimester, you should drink a lot of coconut water as its isotonic in nature neutralizes the acid formed in the stomach.
IT IS EXTREMELY HIGH IN ELECTROLYTES and in salts like potassium, sodium and amino acids.
It is supposedly the best drink to have daily in pregnancy.
It helps in replenishing the salts and electrolytes of the body and ensures there is enough water supply to both the mother as well as the foetus.
Coconut water is also the safest bet when you feel thirsty out in the hot Sun.
While you are out in the Sun, instead of depending on cold drinks or fruit juices which contain preservatives and artificial colours, coconut water comes as a natural beneficial drink which restores your lost fluids to bring back the balance.
Coconut water is also RICH IN DIETARY FIBRES which enable digestion and relieves constipation.
Coconut water is also beneficial for the foetus as it helps to supply all the essential micro and macro nutrients like Manganese, Calcium, Riboflavin and Vitamin C.
Some researchers also suggest that Coconut water improves the functioning of the Kidneys, prevent the Urinary Tract Infections and also helps in bringing or lowering down the blood pressure of the body (Deepshikha Agarwal, Dietician and Sports Nutritionist, Mumbai).
It is suggested that during pregnancy you should bring down the consumption of caffeine products like tea, coffee or other caffeinated beverages.
You should only depend on natural juices, plenty of water and coconut water.
One important thing to keep in mind here is that though, there are plenty of benefits of the coconut water, yet, it should be consumed in moderation.
It should never replace your drinking water completely.
You should drink as much water as you can during pregnancy.
Water will dilute the consistency of the blood and other fluids making it easy to carry the oxygen and important nutrients to the foetus.
The coconut water is also rich in bioactive enzymes such as catalase, acid phosphatase, peroxidases, RNA polymerases etc. These enzymes boost up the metabolism and helps in digesting the food better.
The Cytokinins in Coconut water are known to be anti – carcinogenic, anti – ageing and anti – thrombotic in nature. (Anti thrombotic refers to anti clot formation in the body).
These are the unique benefits of the coconut water which is seldom found in other natural drinks.
It is surely a miraculous drink with so many benefits to offer. Hence, it should always be consumed during pregnancy for sure.
Precautions to be taken while having Coconut water
- Always choose only green dabs which are kept in clean surroundings.
- The green ones are the freshly grown and the water is sweeter and delicious too.
- THE STRAW USED SHOULD BE CLEAN, ELSE, YOU SHOULD POUR THE COCONUT WATER INTO A CLEAN GLASS.
- You should make sure that the coconut is cut in front of you always.
- You should stop drinking coconut water in preganancy if you don’t like the taste or if you don’t feel like having it. You can replenish it with lot of juicy fruits and plenty of drinking water.
- You should always consume it fresh and should never store it for longer as it degenerates fast. It is the endospermic fluid of the Green Coconut and is highly rich in dietary fibres, minerals, amino acids and vitamins and is sweet in nature which makes it degenerate fast.
Myths about Coconut water
Though coconut water has only pluses to offer yet there are certain myths that come along with its benefits as well.
1. Coconut water is a magical drink that takes care of all the nutrient requirements of the pregnant mother.
Coconut water though rich in many minerals and vitamins can’t be trusted to get all the requirements of an expecting mom. You need to top it up with many fruits, veggies and dry fruits in order to get the wholesome nutrition.
2. Drinking Coconut water helps the baby‘s hair to grow
Coconut water has no effect of any kind on the hair growth of the foetus. The baby’s hair grows due to its genetic makeup which comes from the father as well as the mother. Whether a mother consumes coconut water or not has no relation with the hair growth of the baby. So, it’s an absolute myth which a lot of people believe in.
3. Coconut water is an excellent immunity booster
Coconut water provides a lot of healthy nutrition but it is surely not an excellent immunity booster.
Lauric acid, a great immunity booster constituent which is present only in traces in Coconut water.
Moreover, coconut oil is highly rich in lauric acid and hence people assume coconut water also to be rich in this component.
4. Coconut water helps in curing heart ailments
Coconut water surely assists in lowering BP due to good amounts of Potassium present in it. But the amount of Potassium present is hardly any compared to the body requirements. You need to eat potassium rich foods in order to get rid of high BP or any other heart ailment. Only some Potassium is supplied with one big sized coconut water and the remaining needs to consumed with Potassium rich fruits and foods.
Even, if a person consumes good amount of fruits and vegetables, it will assist the body and heart functioning well. So, coconut water alone can never give you any effective results but if topped with other food supplements then of course the results will be satisfactory.
5. Coconut water is the best hydrant
Coconut water is a good hydrant but surely not the best hydrant; even though it has a lot of minerals and salts in combination with its high water content.
Clean drinking water is by far the best non replaceable hydrant. Drinking lot of water is a must for pregnant woman and it keeps her well hydrated as well.
6. The nutrient Composition of Coconut water
Coconut water is a fat free electrolytic mineral rich delicious drink which has only benefits to offer. Elderlies, pregnant women and small kids are often recommended to consume this drink regularly especially in summers when the body tends to get dehydrated.
The best part is that it is purely natural, highly nutritious and has good amount of fibres too for digestion.
THE NUTRIENT COMPOSITION OF COCONUT WATER FOR A COCONUT THAT WEIGHS 240 GRAMS IS AS FOLLOWS:
Nuts, coconut water
Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
|79 kJ (19 kcal)|
|(0%)0 μg (0%)0 μg|
Referrence: USDA database (https://ndb.nal.usda.gov)
Other Benefits and facts about Coconut water are:
Coconut water is fat free hence it is useful in keeping weight in check.
Pregnancy as it is invites a lot of calorie gain, so having a fat free filling drink can help you avoid adding extra calories and will make you feel full with just one drink.
Coconut water controls BP and urinary tract infections in pregnant women as it has plenty of electrolytes and salts.
Though there is insufficient data to support the later yet some scientists believe in it.
Coconut water should be fed right after the delivery too as it keeps the constipation in check and maintains the equilibrium in the body.
Post-partum is the time when all the hormones are withdrawn from the body leading to depression and constipation.
Coconut water can really help in overcoming constipation due to its salty water content.
Coconut water is also extremely rich in dietary fibre which helps in improving the digestion of pregnant women.
This is a very nice feature of this drink and perhaps this is why it is recommended to be consumed when people are suffering from indigestion.
The other benefits that this natural cooler offers are that it is available everywhere and comes very cheap as compared to other artificial coolers and drinks.
The liquid inside the coconut is absolutely sterile and is rich in electrolytes, enzymes, amino acids, cytokines and phyto hormones.
THE IDEAL COCONUT SHOULD BE AROUND 5 TO 7 MONTHS OF AGE FOR IT TO HAVE ALL THESE ELEMENTS IN PLENTY.
You would get 200 ml to 1000 ml water inside a coconut depending upon its size. Any coconut which is younger to five months of age is bitter in taste and will be devoid of essential nutrients. On the contrary, Coconut which is older to 7 months will only have less water and more of edible white coloured kernel.
Why does coconut water taste different?
Well, one of the factors as is discussed is of course the age.
Coconuts between five to seven months of age taste better and are healthier.
The other factors which determine the taste of its water are the salinity of the soil it is grown in, the species of coconut tree, the distance from the sea shore, the weather conditions prevailing etc.
An average coconut tree takes years together to grow to bear plenty of coconut nuts each season.
Tropical coastal weather is supposedly the best climate for the coconut trees to grow.
Some doctors in tropical countries believe that coconut water is the best ORS which should be taken during diarrhoea.
The osmolality of coconut water is slightly higher than WHO ORS still it is one of the best natural hydrant with required salts in it.
So, make sure to treat yourself with this wonderful drink in your pregnancy and please do share the benefits of coconut water with your friends and family.