Can You Oil Pull If You're Pregnant?
Sure, oil pulling has plenty of benefits for your health from cleaning your teeth to helping fight numerous illnesses inside of your body. But how can we know that it's ok to use if what's inside your body is a growing baby?
IS OIL PULLING SAFE TO DO WHEN YOU'RE PREGNANT?
With hormones running rampant, and so many changes happening inside as it is, is it safe to use oil pulling as a means of maintaining your health?
In fact, oil pulling during pregnancy is completely safe – and here's why...
THE INGREDIENTS ARE ALL NATURAL (AND HOPEFULLY CERTIFIED ORGANIC)
The great thing about coconut oil is that it is an all natural ingredient. We also made sure that our Oil Pulling Kit was organic, cold-pressed, non-GMO, and fair trade which will help to ease your mind whether you're pregnant or not. Regardless, oil pulling will not harm you or your baby, but if you're going to be oil pulling while pregnant, just make sure that the coconut oil you are using is a high quality and organic product. You can read all about our coconut oil here if you would like to find out more!
OIL PULLING TO EXPEL TOXINS IS NOT LIKE OTHER DETOXES
Let's take a minute to break down the facts. Oil pulling is most definitely a detox method, although it is a very gentle detox. What that means is that it's pulling toxins out of your system. The key difference of detoxifying your body using something like a detox tea, for example, and oil pulling, is how toxins leave your body. While a tea will first make its way down to your stomach before flushing toxins out of your system, oil pulling will draw out bacteria living in your mouth, without them having to go through your entire body to be expelled.
After swishing with our Coco Rinse Kit, you simply spit out the toxins that have dissolved into the oil. (Don't spit into the sink – it'll clog your drain!) By keeping toxins from having to work their way through your digestive system, you may actually be preventing any potential health problems to begin with.
Oil pulling is by far the gentlest detoxing method. Toxins don't get a chance to enter your bloodstream, and therefore don't interfere with pregnancy or with breastfeeding, keeping both you and your baby safe. But to help reassure you, let's answer a few more questions.
DOES OIL PULLING POSE ANY RISKS WHEN YOU'RE EXPECTING?
During pregnancy, women experience a variety of changes, like hormonal flux and fatigue. Making oil pulling part of your daily routine can help combat both of these. Within the first several days, oil pulling can begin to aid with hormonal imbalance, which in turn can help fight that tired feeling, giving you a little bit of extra pep throughout the day!
Ideally, oil pulling should be started before pregnancy, especially if it is your first-time oil pulling. But, if you're already pregnant and thinking about incorporating oil pulling into your regimen, that's okay too! Really, the biggest risk you may encounter when you first begin to oil pull are a few headaches while your body starts to expel all the toxins that hide away in your mouth. In the beginning, some people can also experience a bit of nausea as the detoxifying process begins to work. But let’s face it, that could just be the morning sickness too!
ARE THERE ANY OTHER BENEFITS TO OIL PULLING DURING PREGNANCY?
Pregnant women are at a greater risk of tooth sensitivity, bleeding gums and gingivitis. Left unchecked, this can lead to an increased chance of pre-term labor and preeclampsia, which makes staying on top of oral hygiene that much more important when you're expecting. Since a lot of other dental treatments can pose risks during pregnancy, oil pulling with a natural product like coconut oil is by far the best option to ensure a smoother ride for Baby and you.
Once again, oil pulling is the best, 100% all-natural way to keep up on your oral hygiene while pregnant, as it is both safe and effective. Happy pulling!