Is It Safe To Use Almond Oil During Pregnancy?

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During pregnancy, regular moisturization becomes especially important to maintain skin elasticity. Therefore, the use of almond oil for pregnancy may have crossed your mind.

Almond oil is mostly used for massaging and can be seen as one of the primary ingredients in lotions or creams. For pregnant women, its regular use can keep the skin moist and may help to prevent stretch marks. However, there are certain precautionary measures that you need to keep in mind while using it.

Scroll through to learn more about the oil, including its benefits and side effects for pregnant women.

Closer Look At Almond Oil

Almond oil has various benefits and here is some useful information:

  • The oil is derived from the crunchy edible almond nuts.
  • Almond oil is used as a major component in skin care products.
  • It has a light texture and color with a mild nutty aroma.
  • Those which are labeled as ‘roasted almond oil’ are used for cooking purposes.

Prevent Stretch Marks Using Almond Oil During Pregnancy

Apart from adding them in your diet, you can also use almond oil to get rid of the stretch marks.

  • Sweet almond oil is considered highly beneficial to prevent the formation of stretch marks.
  • You can apply a subtle quantity of the oil to the stomach, breasts, thighs, and areas prone to stretching in pregnancy.
  • You can improve elasticity in these areas by applying sweet almond oil daily.

Deal With Dryness In Your Skin With Almond Oil

Dryness during pregnancy is a common problem that usually results from hormonal imbalances. Common issues in pregnancy are:

  • Pain in chest
  • Upper back
  • Face
  • Dryness in different parts of the body like legs and arms.

When you choose beauty products during pregnancy, you need to be very careful. Almond oil can be applied safely in any part of your body. To enjoy the best benefits, you can apply it before and after a shower.

Treatment Of The Perineal Area

When you are pregnant, treatment of the perineal area becomes necessary. Let us have a look:

  • The perineal area is situated between the vaginal opening and the anus. This area is prone to tearing during pregnancy because of childbirth.
  • You can apply almond oil and massage the area for five minutes to make the skin supple and elastic. Be sure to apply it just to the skin and not to the vaginal mucosa.
  • Almond oil used for applications contain essential properties that keep your skin soft.

Be Safe:

While almond oil is generally considered safe in pregnancy, you need to be careful before using it. Here are some considerations you must keep in mind:

  • Do not use almond oil if you are allergic to it.
  • Stop using it if you experience itching of any type.
  • The oil is also used as a laxative at times, which is not recommended in your pregnancy.
  • Consult your doctor before you take it as a laxative, as it might cause contractions and lead to premature labor.

You must avoid the bitter variety of almond oils during pregnancy which are manufactured from bitter almonds. Bitter almonds are known to increase the risks of birth defects in children.

Sweet almond oil has been used for massages for long. It makes the skin soft and increases its elasticity. Therefore, it is common to use almond oil for pregnancy stretch marks and dryness. You may rub the oil on your breasts, stomach, and thighs for maximum benefits. Although almond oil is considered safe for most women, you should avoid it if you are allergic to it or have developed an itching sensation. Consult a doctor if you haven’t used almond oil before. Also, do not use the oil as a laxative without your doctor’s recommendation.

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Dr. Karla S. Sanchez-Banos

(MD)
Dr. Karla S. Sanchez-Banos is a board-licensed Ob/Gyn in Mexico, specializing in Adolescent Gynecology. She is also trained in Gynecological Endocrinology, granted by AMEGIN (Gynecological Endocrinology Mexican Association). Her decade-old experience includes scientific research in teen pregnancy and the use of long-acting reversible contraceptive methods in the adolescent age group.  Dr. Karla currently works in two private medical centers in... more

Sadiya Qamar

Sadiya is a writer and editor with a passion for writing about parenthood and children. Her focus areas are health, wellness, and beauty. For MomJunction, she writes on kids’ health and nutrition.  Sadiya believes in doing in-depth research and providing accurate information to help parents with concerns on their children’s growth and development.