Pregnancy is a wonderful period in life where a great deal of personal time and energy is given to one of God’s other children. A period where, during times of relaxation, one can meditate and communicate positive affirmations to the yet to be born child. But!!! It is not as simple as that may sound, it is also a time where tremendous changes are going on in the body. Hormonal, circulatory, structural, and emotional changes all present a variety of physical and emotional challenges that need to be addressed while the one carrying the child is usually trying to carry on a busy, “normal” life. Essential oils, blends, supplements, and other products can help make this whole period a lot easier. Read below and on the other tabs many suggestions and experiences using essential oils and derivative products.
For a more information on essential oils and pregnancy see the book Essential Oils for Pregnancy, Birth & Babies by Stephanie Fritz LM, CPM. Also Valerie Ann Worwood has an excellent section in her book, The Complete Book of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy, first published in 1955.
Oils & Blends Summary:
Note: see Cautions below about using oils during pregnancy.
Back Pain: Massage Blend, Soothing Blend, Lavender, Marjoram
Breast, tender: Monthly Blend for Women, Geranium, Lavender, Roman Chamomile
Calming: Grounding Blend, Lavender, Frankincense, Calming Blend, Ylang Ylang
Constipation: Coriander, Digestive Blend, Ginger, Peppermint
Edema (swelling): Massage Blend, Cypress, Ginger, Lavender, Lemon
Fatigue: Invigorating Blend, Coriander, Joyful Blend, Grapefruit, Lavender, Peppermint, Rosemary
Heartburn or Indigestion: Invigorating Blend, Digestive Blend, Ginger, Peppermint
Hemorrhoids: Cypress, Geranium, Helichrysum, Lavender
Leg (muscle) cramps: Massage Blend, Cypress, Geranium, Lavender
Miscarriage, after a: Clary Sage, Frankincense, Geranium, Lavender, Roman Chamomile
Morning Sickness: Coriander, Digestive Blend, Ginger, Peppermint
Nutrition: Bone Nutrient Lifetime Complex, Life Long Vitality, PB Assist
Stretch marks: Anti-Aging Moisturizer, Frankincense, Geranium, Grapefruit, Helichrysum, Anti-Aging Blend, Lavender
Varicose veins: Cypress, Geranium, Helichrysum, Lavender
Essential oils products: Anti-Aging Moisturizer, Bone Nutrient Lifetime Complex, Life Long Vitality, PB Assist
With the added weight of the pregnancy and a new and changing “center of gravity” your back will experience extra strain so it is important to take good care of it. Consider:
· Use normal good posture techniques.
· Straight spine and shoulders back when sitting or standing.
· Give up the high heels
· Some recommend sleeping on the left side and roll to the side when getting up from a sleeping position.
Periodic massage with essential oils will help a lot. Use those oils that would normally relax your muscles and sooth your emotions. To relax muscles consider Lavender or Marjoram and for you emotions Frankincense, Lavender, or Ylang Ylang. Many find the blends even more helpful, Massage Blend, Soothing Blend to relax muscles and Grounding Blend, Joyful Blend, Calming Blend or your own favorites.
Bleeding during pregnancy can be serious and seeking professional medical counsel is advised. The first trimester of pregnancy is when most miscarriages happen and bleeding usually precedes them. On the other hand about fifty percent of those experiencing early bleeding go on to have successful births.
During the months of pregnancy changes occur in thebreasts to prepare them for nursing. These changes can be accompanied with tenderness or soreness. Topical application of Geranium, Lavender and/or Roman Chamomile either singly or in a blend with FCO can help relieve that tenderness. Solace is a blend that includes all of these oils and can be considered.
The responsibility and associated stress of pregnancy that some might feel sometimes needs the help of the aromatic properties of essential oils. The traditional oils and blends can provide that with diffusing, cup and inhale or a few drops in a warm bath. Consider any of the calming oils such as Grounding Blend, Lavender, Frankincense, Calming Blend or Ylang Ylang.
Constipation, for some, accompanies pregnancy. This highlights the importance of a good diet that in our day and time must include dietary supplements. As referenced elsewhere the Life Long Vitality trio is an ideal set of dietary supplements. Beyond this lots of fiber should be in everyday meals along with lots of raw fruits and vegetables. Also see Nutrition below.
For those episodes where relief is needed from constipation consider the oils Coriander, Ginger or Peppermint or the Digestive Blend blend. 1-3 drops may be applied topically to the abdomen in gentle circular motions moving up from the right side or they can be taken internally by mixing 1-3 drops with water or a warm tea and teaspoon of honey or with 1 to 3 drops in a capsule.
Edema (Oedema if you are British) is swelling in any part of the body. During pregnancy, especially in the third trimester, some swelling is not unusual. This is typically in the feet and legs but can be in the hands or face as well. The cause of the swelling is the normal increase in bodily fluids required by the body to sustain mom and baby. Although some swelling is not out of
the ordinary it is complicated by the fact that edema is also one of the early symptom of pre-eclampsia (toxemia) that can be a very serious condition. (See Toxemia below.)
To reduce normal swelling consider local massage, especially on the feet and legs. Valerie Worwood recommends using a blend of 3 drops Ginger, 2 drops Cypress, 2 drops Lavender added to 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil. Stephanie Fritz adds to this blend Massage Blend and Lemon. The local massage should always start with the feet (or hands) and movements should always be towards the heart.
The additional energy required to nourish and carry the extra little one or ones along with the normal responsibilities of life can deplete your energy levels more rapidly than normal. Essential oils and blends can provide a quick pickup of energy if needed, relaxation to reset your energy levels reset or long term help can come from nutritional supplements.
Invigorating Blend or Joyful Blend blends or a home made blend of equal parts Coriander, Grapefruit and Lavender can be diffused, inhaled using cup and inhale or added to FCO and used to massage neck and shoulders. Mito2Max is a supplement for quick energy Medical advice during pregnancy. Also see Nutrition below for long term energy levels.
Heartburn and Indigestion
An unfortunate companion to pregnancy for some are various digestive ailments. 1 – 2 drops of Invigorating Blend, Digestive Blend, Ginger or Peppermint (different oils/blends work better for some than others, also note the cautions below) can be applied topically to the abdomen or taken internally in a capule.
Unfortunately pressure from constipation can result in the uncomfortable condition of hemorrhoids. Hemorrhoids have as a root cause the same elements as varicose veins with the additional blood produced by the body and downward pressure of the baby putting additional pressure on the veins than then might be weakened by the strain from constipation.
A blend of equal parts Geranium, Cypress and Lavender or others have used a blend of Cypress and Helichrysum very successfully. Topical application, with a carrier oil or a salve like KG jelly, to the affected area 2 or 3 times a day will be helpful.
Leg (muscle) Cramps
Some experience muscle cramps as their bodies adjust to the physical changes that come from pregnancy. This can be exacerbated by nutritional deficiencies (see Nutrition below). Topical application of Massage Blend blend can provide relief. Also a blend of 5 drops each of Cypress and Geranium with 10 drops of Lavender in 1 ounce of FCO has been used successfully.
If a miscarriage occurs, care for Mom becomes even more important emotionally and physically. Stephanie Fritz recommends a blend of Clary Sage, Geranium and Lavender for both emotional and physical needs. Valerie Ann Worwood suggests a blend of 9 drops each Frankincense and Roman Chamomile and 5 drops Geranium.
Even in a normal pregnancy morning sickness may be one of the unwanted side effects. This nausea normally occurs during the first trimester but on occasion can extend into the second and even the third (sorry). If morning sickness is experienced it is because of the hormonal changes occurring in the body which usually levels off as the pregnancy progresses. There are a few steps that can be taken that help many in reducing the uncomfortable nausea.
· Get sufficient rest
· Get plenty of water (and a drop of Lemon essential oil with each glass of water will help)
· Small, multiple meals (more protein at night, avoid fatty foods)
· Have good nutritional supplements ( Life Long Vitality trio is a perfect supplement)
When nausea is eminent or occurs use essential oils; Ginger, Peppermint, and the blend Digestive Blend are all known for quieting an upset stomach. Either topically rub the oils, with a carrier, on your tummy, or take them internally (1 – 3 drops) in a capsule or sipped with water or juice.
The foundation for a healthy pregnancy is the Mom’s nutritional quality and balance. There are many sources that describe in detail what these good choices might be in terms of good proteins and vegetables to ingest, what sugars and grains to avoid and how to balance them. Most advise to have plenty of water (3 – 4 quarts) each day and to include a drop of Lemon with each glass of water. Beyond this theLife Long Vitality supplements along with the Bone Nutrient Lifetime Complex are excellent ways to assure the daily nutritional levels are met. If antibiotics are use following with the PB Assist probiotics is an excellent idea.
Most women are susceptible to stretch marks as a result of pregnancy, but with proper use of essential oils there is no need for these reminders. Stretch marks come in the obvious places where excess fat resides or from the natural enlargement from the baby. Start early, even before the reddish-purple streaks appear, moisturizing and healing the skin with an essential oil ointment.
DōTERRA makes a (anti-aging) moisturizing skin lotion with Lavender, Jasmine, Geranium, and Frankincense essential oils that is prepared and ready to go as well as a Hand and Body Lotion plus Anti-Aging Blend (Frankincense, Helichrysum, Lavender, Myrrh, Rose, Sandalwood) an incredible blend for the skin. Or, like many, mix your own cream with the blend that suits you perfectly. An important part of this cream will be the base or carrier oil you use. Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO) is excellent. Oils for skin care include Lavender, Frankincense, Helichrysum, and Geranium.
Pre-eclampsia occurs in the latter half of pregnancy and includes high blood pressure (headaches, dizziness, nausea), protein in the urine, and edema (swelling in the feet and legs). Cases may be mild or severe. Serious cases pose dangers for mother and baby so if more than mild symptoms occur professional medical help should be consulted.
Some have reported help using essential oils and you will find their experiences by clicking on the Procedures tab on this page.
During pregnancy the weight of baby coupled with the additional blood produced by the body puts pressure on veins and arteries in lower abdomen. This can cause varicose veins in the legs where the veins become swollen and itchy. Although not dangerous to the mom or baby that can cause discomfort and be unsightly and unhealthy longer term.
Here are some ways to help:
· Not over exerting, especially in lifting, would be a good precautionary measure.
· Rest periodically with the legs higher than the heart is another help.
· Couple with a massage using an essential oils blend of 3 parts Geranium, 1 part Cypress mixed with a carrier oils like VCO and topically applied twice a day. Helichrysum and/or Lavender are excellent additions to the blend. The massage strokes should not apply a great deal of pressure directly on the veins and should be gentle strokes from the ankles to the thigh with the motions always towards the heart.
“Be cautious about using essential oils during pregnancy, especially during the first trimester. Even oils that are generally safe during this time may be too stimulating for women who are prone to miscarriage.” (Aromatherapy, A Complete Guide to the Healing Art, by Kathy Keville & Mandy Green).
The following partial list of essential oils gives the prevailing wisdom in years past on how essential oils may be used during pregnancy (please be aware that some are very sensitive and may experience a reaction to the mildest of oils and a skin test should be used):
· Those oils ok to use: Bergamot, Coriander, Frankincense, Geranium, Grapefruit, Lavender, Lemon, Sandalwood, Wild Orange, Ylang Ylang
· Oils that for some would be better used with a carrier oil or diluted in other ways: Clove, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Ginger, Helichrysum, Lemongrass, Marjoram, Melaleuca, Myrrh, Oregano, Peppermint, Roman Chamomile.
· Consult a physician before using these oils: Basil, Cassia, Cinnamon bark, Clary Sage, Rosemary, Thyme, Vetiver, Wintergreen, White Fir.
· Additionally it is noted that Peppermint used during the latter part of pregnancy or after child birth can limit milk production in some mothers.
Dr. David Hill said the following:
“You will find warnings everywhere about which oils you should and should not use during pregnancy. These previously were very valid concerns because of the impurities that were so prevalent in the oils available and the threat that they posed to a developing fetus. But now that we enjoy the purity of oils that we have with dōTERRA it is no longer an issue”
He has also given these points of advice:
Stay away from Clary Sage if you were threatening or had tendency to early labor.
Pay attention to your body on dosages as you may need more oil because of increased weight or less oil because your body was at a place of heightened sensitivity.
Peppermint used during the latter part of pregnancy or after childbirth can limit milk production in some mothers.
Ylang Ylang with Clary Sage may be used during childbirth and to stimulate uterine contractions. Ylang Ylang is very powerful and only very small amount are needed.
Note * – The information on this website is a compilation of suggestions made by those that have used essential oils and has not been reviewed by those that have used essential oils and has not been reviewed by medical experts. It is anecdotal information and should be treated as such. For serious Medical Concerns consult your doctor. Please treat this website for reference purpose only.