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.
Pregnant mama’s can diffuse, apply topically, and ingest essential oils to help with nausea, skin irritations (how annoying is the itchy baby belly!), stretch marks, boosting their immune system and of course, those crazy hormones. If ingesting, please make sure they are pure-grade. Click here for more information on pure-grade.
They can be applied on the back of your neck, on the inside of your wrists and on the soles of your feet where your pores are the thickest. By applying to the soles of the feet, it allows the essential oils to be absorbed more quickly and reach the bloodstream faster. They can also be applied directly to the area of concern or the part of the body that is needing the healing!
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.
You can also download my FREE eBook which has a few go-to essential oil recipes for Pregnancy, Labour & Birth. Just enter your details below and I will send it straight to you.
*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.
Cardamom and Ginger are amazing oils to help alleviate nausea because they block the receptor pathways of nausea. Apply to the back of your neck and behind your 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. The main oils I use to help with head tension are Frankincense, Past Tense Blend, Peppermint, Lavender and Patchouli. If you are comfortable with using Past Tense and Peppermint (Peppermint can affect milk supply for some women) then these would be the best option. But you can also just pop a drop or two of Lavender in the palm of your hand and inhale deeply.
Other great oils for head tension: Lemongrass and Marjoram.
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. AromaTouch is great for this, as is increasing your protein intake. You could also massage any of the following oils on your feet and ankles: Citrus Bliss, AromaTouch, Lemongrass, Grapefruit, Cypress, Lavender, Ginger or Lemon.
When I have had a really busy few weeks, I struggle a lot with adrenal fatigue. Adrenal fatigue occurs after long periods of stress and it can negatively affect your hormones. Calming oils on your feet at night (such as Lavender, Roman Chamomile and Lavender Peace) will help support adrenals. You can apply also apply oils like Basil, Rosemary, Geranium and Ylang Ylang directly over your adrenals (located on your lower back above your kidneys). Mito2Max can also help with low adrenal function.
I also turn to Citrus Bliss, Elevation, Wild Orange, Lemon and Grapefruit when I’m feeling run down. You can put 1-2 drops in the palm of your hand, rub them together and inhale for a quick pick-me-up. You can also add some Fractionated Coconut Oil and massage the oils into your back, shoulders and back of neck.
Again, a candida imbalance can cause heartburn/indigestion, as can a lack of enzymes, so have a look at ‘Probiotic’ and ‘Enzymes’ for more information on this. Some other great oils to use are: DigestZen, Peppermint (only if comfortable using this), Cardamom, Black Pepper, Ginger, Wild Orange and Zendocrine. You can either take them in a capsule or put them under your tongue.
Frankincense and Lavender are both great to apply to an itchy belly.
I am using the Salubelle roller (referred to as ‘Immortelle’ in the US) on my stretch marks and it is working so well! You can also use Wild Orange, Cypress, Geranium, Helichrysum, Lavender, Frankincense and Citrus Bliss and apply these directly to the area of concern with some Fractionated Coconut Oil.
I developed the ‘mask of pregnancy’ which is a brownish skin pigmentation that usually diminishes after pregnancy (in my case it didn’t). You can use Salubelle to help diminish the temporary change in pigment.
If you are suffering from varicose veins then some oils to try would be Lemon, Coriander, Cypress, Helichrysum, Bergamot, Marjoram and Geranium. Again, just dilute with some Fractionated Coconut Oil. and apply to the area of concern.
Leg Cramps and Back pain
Use Ice Blue with the Ice Blue Rub. You could also try Lavender, Marjoram, Rosemary, Wild Orange, or AromaTouch. Massage any one or a combination of these oils with FCO.
A warm foot soak is great for leg cramps. Add some Geranium, Lavender and Cypress for extra soothing. AromaTouch is also great to apply at night.
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.