A beautiful experience in the lives of many women is the process of pregnancy, birth and raising children.
Essential oils can be a great support during this special time. We are excited to share some of the following things with you:
- Process of pregnancy, labor & birth
- Essential oils to support these processes
- safety tips for using essential oils in pregnancy and beyond
Pregnancy can be a unique, exciting and joyous time in a woman’s life. For a woman to become pregnant, she must release an egg from her ovary - ovulation. Next, the egg and sperm must meet and form a single cell - fertilization. Then pregnancy begins when and if the fertilized egg attaches to a woman’s uterus and begins to grow - implantation.
The growing fetus depends entirely on its mother’s healthy body for all needs. Pregnant women must take steps to remain as healthy and well nourished as they possibly can.
After an approximate nine-month gestation period a woman’s body begins the work of helping baby enter the world. This work is called labor.
Labor is a process where baby inside the womb transitions out of the uterus to be born as an infant into the world. Every labor is different. It can be long or short, very difficult or not. Each labor, however, follows a basic pattern:
- Contractions (labor pains) open the cervix
- The womb pushes the baby down the birth canal
- The baby is born and then the placenta is born
Once the baby is born it no longer receives nutrients from the umbilical cord.
Breastfeeding is the normal way of providing young infants the nutrients they need for healthy growth and development. Typically most mothers can breastfeed, provided they have accurate information. Exclusive breastfeeding is recommended up to six months of age, with continued breastfeeding along with appropriate complementary foods as desired.
Essential Oils for Support
- Digestzen: to help maintain a healthy gastrointestinal tract. It will ease feelings of queasiness and help reduce bloating and gas. Use with fractionated coconut oil for a soothing abdominal massage.
- Ginger: may help support healthy digestion and healthy joint function. It may help reduce occasional nausea. Diffuse it to help create a sense of equilibrium and for added energy in late afternoons.
- Peppermint: rub on temples after waking for an energy boost. Diffuse when feeling fatigued. Place a drop in your mouth to alleviate occasional stomach upset.
- Lemon: naturally cleanses the body and aids in digestion. Diffuse to promote a positive mood. Add lemon oil to a spray bottle of water to clean tables and other surfaces.
- Frankincense take a drop or two in a veggie capsule to support healthy cellular function. You can also apply to the bottom of your feet to promote feelings of relaxation and to balance mood.
- Lavender:use Lavender to help ease feelings of tension. Add a few drops to pillow, linens or bottom of feet to promote a restful night of sleep. Add to bathwater to soak away stress.
- Wild Orange:Place a drop or two of Wild Orange with Peppermint and Frankincense in the palm of your hand, rub together and inhale deeply for an energizing aroma.
- doTERRA blend, Balance:diffuse or rub on feet to evoke feelings of tranquility and balance. Apply dōTERRA Balance to your wrists or neck to
help ease anxious feelings.
3 drops ginger
2 drops cypress
2 drops lavender
with 2 teaspoons carrier oil;
Massage into legs and feet.
doTERRA Elevation Blend
To support relaxation for mom and baby after birth; use as desired at least two times daily.
Use any or all as desired, a drop or few at a time.
Diffuse and/or use topically. A few drops of each;
7 drops Basil
6 drops Clary Sage
4 drops Geranium
Combine 4 tsp fractionated coconut oil to 2 tsp beeswax (approx ⅛ stick).
Melt over low heat. Let Cool.
While still soft, add oils to make a salve.
Rub onto breasts throughout the day.
Safety Tips for Essential Oils during Pregnancy and beyond:
- Use truly therapeutic, superior grade essential oils that are certified as pure, potent, genuine and authentic and subjected to rigorous testing to ensure no harmful ingredients are present. Many products on the market contain synthetic components/ingredients and are to be avoided altogether.
- Be aware. When using pure and potent oils, be aware of what they might do before using them. When using more powerful oils, use small amounts and dilute with a carrier oil.
- Be a wise steward. The first three months are the time baby develops rapidly. Simply be more cautious during the first trimester.
- Consider using oils diluted (especially if particularly strong or “hot”) as a habit during pregnancy versus using them NEAT (undiluted). The bottoms of the feet are an excellent conservative application location (commonly used with children). Another option is to do a patch test if concerned. Simply apply a single drop on skin and observe results prior to use.
- Use oils aromatically as a safe method during pregnancy. They are excellent for boosting mood and energy and creating an uplifting environment. They also support stress and tension reduction and promote a good night’s sleep.
- Err on the side of safety. IN conclusion, use prudence, dilute, and avoid anything that simply doesn’t feel right. Some oils will be better diluted such as the “hot” oils listed in the usage section located earlier in this book. Consult with healthcare practitioner about usage as desired or needed.
NOTE: The use of clary sage by women who have a history of preterm labor or miscarriage or are experiencing such should be avoided. The use of peppermint oil while nursing can limit milk production for some women and therefore it is recommended for them to reduce or stop usage while breastfeeding. Some women report that minor use is acceptable but advise avoiding regular use so as to avoid a significant decrease in milk production. Fennel, clary sage, or basil can counteract effects of peppermint on lactation as they increase milk supply.