What are the best essential oils for pregnancy? I’ll take you through the best essential oils from First to Third Trimester and Birth.
You’re pregnant!! Congratulations. You have a tiny little life growing inside you and your life will irrevocably change. Your body is flooded with hormones to support this new life and as a result you might feel terribly exhausted and maybe even queazy. If you are anything like me, I was nauseous almost 24 hours a day and spent my entire evening dry retching my lunch as I couldn’t stomach dinner. Wonderful…ahh the joys of pregnancy. Your digestion system slows down so that your body can absorb every last little bit of nutrients from the food you eat to support you and your growing baby. This is what causes the nausea but it can also result in constipation. The rush of hormones can also cause some pretty crazy mood swings. I know in those early weeks I was exceptionally teary!
Which oils are best? (Note: different oils work for different people so I have given lots of options so you can find the one that works best for you)
Nausea: Peppermint, DigestZen, Ginger & Lemon are all wonderful for calming your stomach and easing nausea.
Fatigue: Again, Peppermint is wonderful for opening airways and invigorating the mind, Lemon, Wild Orange, Grapefruit, Citrus Bliss and Elevation. Pop one or a combo of these in your diffuser and feel your mood and energy lift.
Constipation: DigestZen is definitely the best for getting things moving. This wonderful blend of Ginger, Peppermint, Caraway, Coriander, Anise, Tarragon and Fennel essential oils help to gently get things moving. Smells like liquorice with the anise and fennel oils so some people don’t like the smell. I have found rubbing a drop mixed with some Fractionated Coconut Oil and rubbing clockwise around your tummy incredibly calming and the smell isn’t as strong.
Wild Emotions: Lavender and Frankincense and very safe oils for pregnancy and both are wonderfully calming and balancing oils. Combined, this combination will help calm the storm and hopefully help you find a little peace.
The blissful part of pregnancy! Hopefully your nausea and fatigue have gone (I had nausea for 21 weeks…yuck!) and you’re feeling beautiful, have much more energy, your bump is showing and people are commenting on your “glow”. You might be thinking about using less chemicals around your home, caring for you skin more naturally and generally focusing more on your health. Some women find with the extra stress of growing a human their immune system is a bit low.
Skin Care: Lavender, Frankincense, Salubelle – these oils are beautiful for nourishing your skin, helping it to grow and stretch. You can apply any of these oils to your face as well to help with fine lines or you can use the Verage Skin Care range to care for your skin without ANY nasty chemicals or preservatives.
Low Tox Life: Cleaning with Lemon, On Guard, Tea Tree and a bit of vinegar and Castile Soap instead of nasty bleach filled products; Replacing your potentially synthetic and chemical-filled perfume with Whisper, swapping your shampoo and conditioner over to doTERRA.
Immune Support: On Guard diluted and rubbed on the soles of your feet or diffused in the air help support your immune system and kill nasty pathogens while not damaging your good bacteria. Easy Air is a beautiful fresh blend that helps with respiratory support if you catch a cold. When diffused it can also help cleanse the air.
The home stretch! Your baby is growing and developing at a rapid rate, you might be getting a bit more uncomfortable. Then our body does a wonderful thing to help us prepare for life with a newborn and gives is “pregnancy insomnia”. I know I would wake up at 2am every morning and stare at the ceiling until 4am when I finally fell back asleep. Thanks body, I love sleep, why are you so mean?! As the weight of your bump grows your spine curves that bit more and some women may get lower back pain. Also, your blood volume doubles during pregnancy with extra blood and fluid in the placenta, baby, and amniotic fluid! That’s a lot of extra work on your heart and blood vessels. Sometimes that results in swelling in our lower limbs….the dreaded cankles!
Sleep: Lavender, Lavender Peace – wonderful and calming to help promote a good night sleep. Pregnancy insomnia is normal but these oils can help make your sleep more restful. I also found a great pregnancy body pillow amazing for supporting my back, bump, legs and hips so wonderful and made finding a comfortable sleeping position faster and easier.
Back Pain: Frankincense, geranium, black pepper and basil massaged with some Fractionated Coconut Oil over your lower back for relief. Again, different oils work for different people so try different combinations to find what works for you.
Fluid Retention: It might seem counter intuitive but drinking more water helps with fluid retention so make sure you carry a water bottle and keep sipping throughout the day. Massage your swollen ankles and calves with geranium and almost any citrus oil (lemon, grapefruit, lime, orange) and cypress is also good but can ONLY be used in your last trimester.
The big day, the main event!! Woohoo!!! I love birth. I had a truly wonderful transformative birth that left me empowered, strong and in absolute awe of the power of my body. I want and wish EVERY woman can have the birth I had. It wasn’t orgasmic and it was by no means pain free…it was REALLY hard, very physical and the hardest day of my life but oh my gosh, it was powerful and positive. Anyway…so the oils to support your during your labour are:
(This is actually a photo of me during labour)
Clary Sage – the big guns…a powerful uterine toner that helps make your contractions stronger and more efficient. Helpful anytime during your labour but particularly useful to help kickstart a stalled labour. DO NOT USE UNTIL >38 WEEKS. Clary sage is also amazing after birth for helping keep your uterus toned and reduce back down to its normal size. Can also help with milk production and bringing in your milk.
Geranium – Also helps with contraction effectiveness. After birth it is helpful for relieving breast soreness (rub all over breasts but avoid the nipple). Massaging over your breasts can also help increase milk production.
Lavender – calming, balancing and good for energy and contraction effectiveness. After birth, Lavender can help with perineum support (dilute with oil or water and rub or spray the area to help soothe).
Grapefruit – such an uplifting oil, diffuse this when you’re feeling your energy waning or you are struggling emotionally to cope. Beautiful, sweet pick-me-up.
Peppermint – if, like me, you vomit during labour (very normal and pretty common) peppermint can be wonderful for relieving nausea and also gives you energy and opens airways.
Black Pepper and Basil: Like with back pain during pregnancy, a blend of these two oils massaged on your back during labour can help relieve pain.
Clary Calm Roll-On Blend: If you would like a birth blend then I would recommend getting this blend. It has all the major oils we’ve discussed but for a fraction of the price of buying them individually. It comes in a rollerball bottle, so I would say just take the top off it, pour it out into a glass or ceramic dish and dilute further with some oil and then massage during labour. It’s a blend of Clary Sage, Lavender, Bergamot, Roman Chamomile, Cedarwood, ylang ylang, geranium, fennel, carrot seed, palmarosa and vitex.
If you would like to order any of these oils I suggest you check out my Enrolment Kit page so you can see which kit would best suit your needs (and waive the enrolment fee), or you can buy the oils individually for wholesale prices if you purchase your enrolment for $35. Just click here to go to my shop page and read the instructions on how to order in the purple box on the right. Or if you would like support tailoring a kit, you can always email me: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like a meditation for pregnancy, you can read one I wrote here. It’s best if you can have someone read it to you.
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