Oils & Pregnancy
I should start off by saying that we were very blessed to fall pregnant pretty quickly and to have a relatively scare-free pregnancy (except something minor at 13 weeks). I’m also not ashamed to admit that I didn’t enjoy being pregnant (again, very blessed, but the whole process was really overwhelming for me). I struggled emotionally, and I couldn’t cope with the debilitating tiredness. So I hope to share all the tips and tricks that you can implement while trying, pregnant, and even if you’re already a mum.
Before we start...
I want to mention my go-to resource for oils and pregnancy - Essential Oils for Pregnancy, Birth & Babies by Stephanie Fritz. This book is a must have and a lot of the information below has been taken from this book.
*Disclaimer (yes, it’s the lawyer in me): I’m obviously not a doctor or midwife so please make sure you touch base with your doctor before taking the supplements and oils listed below.
TIps and tricks
So without further ado, here are my Tips & Tricks to navigating pregnancy and staying as healthy as possible in the process!
The Lifelong Vitality Supplements, in my opinion, are the best prenatal vitamins you can take. They have the perfect amount of folic acid and can assist with all of the hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy.
It is also really important to get enough enzymes while pregnant because they assist the digestive process and help to convert food into energy in cells, so that our body can utilise the nutrients in the most effective way possible. Terrazyme is a blend of 10 active whole-food enzymes that are often deficient in processed foods and our modern-day diet. Enzymes can also assist in the third trimester when the heartburn/indigestion kicks in (struggled with this big time in my pregnancy).
Taking a probiotic is particularly important for those that suffer from a candida imbalance. A candida imbalance doesn’t necessarily mean ‘yeast infection’. Other symptoms of a candida imbalance are depression, fatigue, headaches and poor memory.
Taking a probiotic should be part of your every day routine if you are pregnant, particularly in the last trimester, which is when your body is making colostrum. Taking a probiotic will assist in providing that colostrum with lots of good flora.
If you are unlucky enough to experience mastitis and are required to take antibiotics, you should increase your probiotic intake to assist in producing the good flora in your body.
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I have previously applied Cardamom and Ginger to the back of my neck and behind my ears. DigestZen and Petitgrain are also great to either inhale, or you can add a few drops to a capsule and swallow with water. You can also apply the oils with some Fractionated Coconut Oil in a clockwise direction around your belly button.
I got some killer migraines while pregnant, and was really cautious about taking pain killers so I often just went to bed and hoped that I’d wake up without it!
Mine was caused by a candida imbalance so take a look at ‘Probiotic’ for more information about this. Now I like to use Peppermint on my temples, and Past Tense on the back of my neck and back.
At around 28 weeks, your body’s fluid retention levels double, which puts more pressure on your body. To maintain the ideal balance of fluid, circulation is key. Whenever my legs feel a little heavy, I massage AromaTouch into my feet and ankles. Other options: Lemongrass, Grapefruit, Cypress, Lavender, Ginger or Lemon.
When I have had a really busy few weeks, I try and remember to up my oil self care. Calming oils on your feet at night (such as Lavender, Roman Chamomile and Lavender Peace). I also like to apply Basil, Rosemary, Geranium and Ylang Ylang directly over my adrenals (located on your lower back above your kidneys). I also be really diligent with taking one Mito2Max tablet every morning.
I also turn to Citrus Bliss, Elevation, Wild Orange, Lemon and Grapefruit for an energising and uplifting aroma. You can put 1-2 drops in the palm of your hand, rub them together and inhale. You can also add some Fractionated Coconut Oil and massage the oils into your back, shoulders and back of neck.
Frankincense and Lavender are both great to apply to your growing belly.
I would also use the Salubelle roller (referred to as ‘Immortelle’ in the US) on your tummy because of the incredible essential oils in there.
Use Ice Blue with the Ice Blue Rub. Life changing!
I also get leg cramps sometime so a warm foot soak with Geranium, Lavender and Cypress is really beautiful.
Sometimes a deficiency in magnesium and calcium can be the cause of leg cramps. Try a Bone Nutrient Complex and some supplements to help with this.