Your body is constantly changing now that you are pregnant, which may cause discomfort. Some pregnancy discomforts may occur in the early weeks, while others occur only as you get closer to delivery. Other pregnancy discomforts may appear early and then go away, only to come back later. This is normal and usually does not mean something is wrong.
Your growing baby requires extra energy, which may make you feel tired. Sometimes, feeling tired may be a sign of anemia (low iron in the blood), which is common during pregnancy.
- Get plenty of rest; go to bed early at night and try taking naps during the day.
- Maintain a regular schedule when possible but pace your activities; balance activity with rest when needed.
- Exercise daily to increase your energy level.
How To Use doTERRA Essential Oils for Pregnancy, Labor and Birth, Post-Partum & for Baby:
*Swelling and water retention- Lemon: use a few drops in water internally on a daily basis. “Liquid Sunshine”, super antioxidant and anti-bacterial properties.
*Heartburn & morning sickness- DigestZen and/or Peppermint: a drop under the tongue, rubbed on abdomen, a few drops in a capsule a couple times a day, or rubbed on the bottoms of your feet.
*Restful Sleep- Serenity: especially nearing delivery
*Low Back & Leg Pain & Pressure- Deep Blue & AromaTouch: used during a nightly massage is wonderful!
*Pregnancy Edema- Grapefruit, Lemongrass, Cypress: put 2-3 drops each in a roller bottle with fractionated coconut oil and roll on ankles and feet a few times a day especially at the end of the day.
*To avoid stretch marks: A mixture of 2-3 drops of each Helichrysum, Lavender, Frankincense, 1 cup Virgin Olive Oil, and liquid from 6 capsules of Vitamin E and 4 capsules Vitamin A. Apply morning and night after the first trimester.
*To induce or speed up labor- Clary Sage: it is a uterine tonic. Place a drop on ankle reflex points.
*To calm and focus Mom- Balance: diffuse or just open the bottle for smelling
*Energy during labor- Peppermint: topically, in water, or diffused
*Back Labor-Peppermint and/or Deep Blue: especially with a posterior baby
*To avoid or minimize tearing- Helichrysum: use for a couple weeks before birth as well and for perineal massage.
*After birth bleeding- Clary Sage, White Fir, Helichrysum, and Ylang Ylang: this tones things back up quickly. Place mix on ankle reflex points.
*Pain and inflammation- Lavender and Frankincense: on frozen feminine pads for soothing, healing, and inflammation for immediately after the birth
*Cramping & Abdominal Pain- Deep Blue: rubbed directly on lower abdomen
*Hemorrhoids- Cypress, Geranium, Clary Sage, Helichrysum: 1-2 drops of each in a spray bottle base of Fractionated oil for Hemorrhoids. Apply each time you use the restroom.
*Nipple Soreness- Helichrysum & Lavender: for breastfeeding soreness (brings healing and elasticity- cut down soreness to 2 days vs. 10-14 days)
*Yeast infection (avoid and kill) Melaleuca: Mix with water and apply with a squirt bottle after urinating. Mix with Fractionated coconut oil for Diaper rash.
*Umbilical Cord- Myrrh: serves as a liquid band-aid, (avoids infection &
cord fell off in 3 days vs. 7-9 days)
*Birth trauma relief- Balance: along the spine and bottoms of baby’s feet
*Calming- Frankincense: apply to pulse points and on bottom of feet
A special THANKS to Everything Essential for this informative compilation of information regarding the uses of essential oils for the childbearing years!