Olive oil is a household agent that you most likely have in your pantry at this very moment. Even though olive oil is known for its use in the kitchen, it can be used for more than just cooking. As a mom-to-be, you and your baby can experience numerous olive oil benefits!

Mustela’s baby experts will show you what benefits you can expect when you add olive oil into your pregnancy diet and when you use it topically.

But you’re not the only one who will benefit from olive oil. We’ll show you a few ways you can use olive oil for your baby, too!

6 Olive Oil Benefits

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As a mom-to-be, you probably often wonder if what you’re eating and drinking and what you’re putting on your skin is safe for your unborn baby.

We’re here to tell you that olive oil is completely safe to consume and apply while you’re pregnant, so you can confidently add it to your diet and your skin care routine!

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1) Helps Your Baby’s Development

Olive oil is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which, as you probably know, are essential because of their amazing benefits for your baby’s heart.

But as your little one grows inside your womb, your consuming olive oil can also improve their brain function and development.

2) Reduces Stretch Marks

A pregnant woman is no stranger to stretch marks!

Most women carrying their sweet bundle of joy experience the common phenomenon. This is because your body grows and stretches to accommodate your growing baby, so your lines are completely worth it!

Applying olive oil to your abdomen and hips early on in your pregnancy is one of the best ways to ward off any stretch marks coming your way!

Unfortunately, stretch marks are not always avoidable. To up your game and help minimize the appearance of stretch marks, try using Mustela’s Stretch Marks Oil in addition to olive oil.

Our Stretch Marks Oil leaves your skin restored, refreshed, and noticeably smoother. And because it’s formulated with 100 percent naturally derived ingredients, it’s safe for both you and your baby during and after pregnancy!

3) Strengthens Your Immune System

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It’s no secret that pregnancy leaves you tired 99.9 percent of the time! Your body is working overtime to create another human inside of you.

This means your immune system may be a little weaker, making you more prone to illness or just plain not feeling like yourself. That’s why it’s especially important to eat a healthy diet and maintain some kind of exercise routine during your pregnancy.

Getting the right amount of vitamins daily is an important part of a healthy diet. Vitamin A, for example, plays a crucial part in keeping up your immune system and promotes good eye health.

Fortunately, olive oil is rich in vitamin A! Consume olive oil in moderation, adding it to your diet during your pregnancy to reap its many benefits!

4) Helps Heal Your Skin After Surgery

Olive oil is packed with Vitamins K and E and can help with your post-surgery scarring if you delivered your baby via cesarean section.

Vitamin K is essential in aiding the body's process of blood clotting, which helps your body heal wounds, bruises, and areas affected by surgery. Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant and, if applied topically, may help nourish and protect your skin from damage.

To speed up healing even more after having a baby — whether vaginally or through a c-section — try Mustela’s Organic Hydrating Cream with Olive Oil and Aloe during your postpartum journey.

This fragrance-free restorative cream leaves your skin soft, supple, and hydrated. Rest easy knowing it’s proven safe and gentle for your whole family!

5) Shines Up Your Home

This isn’t necessarily a physical benefit that you’ll reap, but definitely a benefit all the same.

When the nesting phase kicks in and you start cleaning and organizing everything in sight, don’t forget to grab the olive oil!

We know you want to keep your house spick-and-span for your baby, and we also know you don’t want your baby around harmful chemicals. Olive oil is a natural cleaning agent free of any potentially dangerous ingredients.

Use olive oil on things like furniture and appliances to keep them shining like new! It’s perfect to use on stainless steel appliances or even your kitchen skillet!

6) Helps You Keep Your Baby Comfortable And Happy

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Once you’re no longer a mom-to-be but a mom, olive oil can be a catalyst in your parenting journey to keep your baby happy and comfortable.

Known for its many uses for your skin, olive oil can also be used to keep your baby’s skin healthy!

Help Your Baby Relax

Bond with your baby in a special way by giving them a massage. Massages help your little one calm down and promote peaceful sleep.

One way to give your baby a massage is by mixing some olive oil with water. Rub their little arms, fingers, legs, and toes for about 15 minutes and then clean your baby’s skin with water.

Regularly giving your baby massages helps to maintain their skin tone by keeping their skin healthy, shiny, and smooth. And, obviously, it moisturizes their skin!

If your baby suffers from sensitive skin, you know what a pain it can be trying out different products and waiting to see if their skin is going to react. Our Soothing Moisturizing Body Lotion is another safe option for moisturizing and massaging your baby’s skin!

This natural, fragrance-free formula is specifically designed for babies and children with very sensitive, rashy, or reactive skin so you can care for your little one without worrying about harsh chemicals.

Soothe Your Baby’s Diaper Rash

A diaper rash irritates your baby’s skin and can make them uncomfortable. Your little one might be so bothered by their rash that it leaves them in tears.

Combine one tablespoon of water and two tablespoons of olive oil and gently rub it over your baby’s diaper rash. (Expert tip: Don’t forget to try our Diaper Cream with Olive Oil and Aloe to prevent, relieve, and recover your baby’s skin at each diaper change!)

If the rash continues even after treatment, reach out to your little one’s doctor.

Treat Your Baby’s Cradle Cap

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Cradle cap causes crusty or scaly patches on the top of your baby’s head. It’s a condition that affects many babies, but luckily, it causes no harm to your baby nor is it painful or itchy.

However, it is something that you don’t want to leave on your baby’s scalp, and, if left untreated, this condition can last for several months.

Help treat your baby’s cradle cap by gently rubbing some olive oil on their scalp. Let it sit for about 20 minutes, or leave it on overnight if your baby’s cradle cap is thick.

The olive oil will help loosen cradle cap flakes. With the help of a comb, remove the loosened crust from your baby’s head. Then wash your baby’s scalp with a gentle shampoo, like our Foam Shampoo For Newborns.

This special shampoo is formulated to cleanse your baby's hair and scalp while minimizing cradle cap. It gently rinses away cradle cap flakes and helps to prevent them from reappearing.

After bath time, use our Cradle Cap Cream to keep your baby’s scalp moisturized. Our cream also helps to reduce the likelihood of future recurrence. (Bonus: The easy-to-use nozzle allows for targeted application to make managing cradle cap a breeze!)

Loosen Stubborn Ear Wax

If your baby has some troublesome earwax that’s clogging their ears, grab your olive oil! The olive oil can help loosen earwax and also provide soothing relief should your baby suffer from ear pain.

Simply put a few drops of lukewarm olive oil into your little one’s ear for pain relief or to clean the ear out.

Olive Oil Benefits: Summing Up

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As you’ve just read, you and your baby can reap many benefits from using olive oil!

When added to your pregnancy diet, it helps your baby’s growth and development in the womb. And should you deal with pregnancy stretch marks or scarring from a C-section, it’s an effective topical treatment.

Adding olive oil to your diet and skin care routine, in addition to using Mustela’s maternity products, sets you up for success during and after your pregnancy. And not only can you use olive oil, but your baby can use it and reap the benefits as well!

So, shuffle some things around in your pantry and find your olive oil. Your skin (and your baby!) will thank you!