I became interested in essential oils right around the time I became pregnant with Prairie Boy. However, I didn’t really start using oils very much until a few months later when the morning sickness subsided. All I could manage during those first few months was to keep the animals alive and Prairie Girl fed and clothed (barely)…
Once my energy came back, I was itching to try them out on some of the “side effects” of pregnancy.
There is a lot of conflicting information out there regarding the use of essential oils during pregnancy…
Some sources say to avoid all essential oils completely, while others say only to use select ones. To be honest, I was pretty nervous to use them at first… However, after educating myself and talking to more folks, I began to play around with them a bit more– with definite success!
Let me do a bit of “disclaiming” first:
I am not a medical professional. Please use caution when using essential oils while pregnant. The ideas below are simply what worked for me– please do your own research until you are comfortable with what you find. I only recommend using Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade oils (I use doTERRA brand). Many of the cheaper brands are impure and are NOT safe for ingestion or medicinal use.
My Favorite Essential Oils for Pregnancy and Labor
- Lemon for morning sickness- One of the few oils I had at the beginning of my pregnancy was lemon. When a wave of nausea would hit, I would simply open the bottle and smell it. It provided instant relief. I know that ginger is recommended for morning sickness as well.
- DigestZen for heartburn- I never get heartburn– unless I’m pregnant… DigestZen is a digestive blend made by doTERRA and a few drops of it in a capsule instantly relieved my heartburn.
- Lemon, lavender, and peppermint for hay fever- I have a lot of seasonal allergies and I’m horribly allergic to several types of hay. Often after feeding hay (or helping hubby put out a big round bale and getting a face-full of hay bits blown up my nose…) I end up with itchy eyes and a runny nose. A drop or two of lavender or peppermint rubbed on the back of my neck helped a lot. I also like to put 2 drops each of lemon, lavender, and peppermint in a capsule. It works quickly to relieve the itchiness and stuffy nose. (Note: Please use extra caution with peppermint oil in the latter stages of pregnancy, as it can cause a decrease in milk production in some people. It didn’t give me any trouble, but each person is different.)
- Helichrysum and geranium for perineal prep- I had a 2nd degree tear with Prairie Girl, and really didn’t want to repeat that this time around. I mixed helichrysum and geranium oil in a small amount of sweet almond oil and sprayed it on the perineum area starting around week 37. I only ended up with a teeny tear with Prairie Boy (no stitches), so I’m gonna say it worked!
- Frankincense and lavender for stretch marks- I mixed these two oils in a small amount of fractionated coconut oil and smeared it all over my belly on a regular basis. I ended up with only a few, very small, stretch marks, which I thought was acceptable for a 9 pound, 8 oz baby…
- Clary Sage to increase contractions- My labor started out really slooooow. When the contractions were still pretty infrequent, I rubbed clary sage on my ankles every 30-60 minutes to see if I could intensify things. It seemed to work- and they seemed to increase right after application.
- Lavender during labor- During the earlier stages of my labor, I held a bottle of lavender oil and smelled it during my contractions. I really do think it helped me to relax. I also placed several drops in the bath I took before leaving for the hospital.
- Black pepper for back labor- I had hubby rub black pepper oil on my back during one contraction and it definitely seemed to help. Sadly, the rest of my labor was so intense that essential oils were the last thing on my mind! But it’s definitely worth a try.
- Myrrh for the umbilical stump- I used a drop of myrrh oil once daily around Prairie Boy’s umbilical cord stump. Myrrh acts like a liquid band-aid and is antibacterial as well. The cord fell off on day eight, and never got icky like Prairie Girl’s did.
- Lavender for afterpains- Those things hurt the second time around! Whenever I would nurse Prairie Boy for the 3-4 days after his birth, I would rub lavender on my abdomen when the afterpains hit. It worked instantly.
- Earth Mama Angel Baby New Mama Bottom Spray- This isn’t exactly an essential oil, but it does contain lavender and peppermint. I can’t say enough good stuff about this spray! It was a lifesaver during the first weeks postpartum. This is a must-have for every postpartum mama. What a relief!
There were two books that I referenced over and over again during my pregnancy, and I’m still using them for the newborn days:
- Essential Oils for Pregnancy, Birth, & Babies by Stephanie Fritz LM, CPM- The author is a midwife who uses essential oils frequently in her practice. I found her suggestions to be very helpful and reassuring.
- Essential Oils for Maternity- This book includes suggestions and information from pre-conception all the way to infancy.
Again, please use caution when using essential oils during pregnancy. Do your research and then enjoy the benefits of high-quality oils. I’m glad I did!
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