“A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child.” - Unknown
I get asked all the time if I used my oils during pregnancy and my response is always the same, Yes! I'm so grateful that I had them during my second pregnancy. Honestly, trying to keep up with a toddler while being pregnant is no laughing matter. I used all the tricks I had learned from other oily mommas to make it to the end. Lavender and Frankincense were my favs. Calming and grounding. My favorite resource is Gentle Babies by Debra Raybern. I still use it. Let’s get the good stuff…
Before you had a living, growing being inside you, you may not have been so concerned about what you were putting in and on your body. Now that you are pregnant, you may have a heightened sense of awareness that makes you question everything and whether it is safe for your unborn baby. It’s natural response to protect and nurture.
Get ready to feel empowered after this post. Once you know better, you can do better!
Fun Fact: Your uterus is initially the size of a small peach; then, it stretches to the size of a watermelon. For reference, that's about 500 times its original size!
Are you getting excited to see how to support your growing watermelon?
Pregnancy can be exciting and intimidating at the same time. Pregnancy also comes with some pretty common discomforts. Your pregnancy doesn't have to be a dreadful experience, full of morning sickness, body aches, or lack of sleep. I also know when you get pregnant, most options go out the window and you can feel a bit helpless.
I am going to change that for you right now! Get ready to learn how to support your emotions and body while you find comfort with your new growing baby. I will be sharing tips and tricks on how to support your body during pregnancy and post-delivery.
As mothers, we all want the very best for our kids. That means we want high-quality products that are safe and effective. Here you'll find step-by-step instructions on how to purchase high quality essential oils from the only company I trust! As a mother or expectant mother, how important is quality to you on a scale of 1-10? 1 not important, 10 VERY important? On a scale of 1-10, how important is it that a company be transparent with you about what is in its products? 1 not important, 10 VERY important. I thought so ;)
Oils & Kids
Oils are more than safe to use on your kiddos but dilution is key! To dilute, you are going to use a carrier oil.
Carrier oils: olive oil, fractionated coconut oil, almond oil, or grape seed oil work well and are safe for all ages.
Conservative dilution ratios for kids:
• 1 drop essential oil in 1-2 tsp carrier oil of choice for children 2-5 years old
• 1 drop essential oil in 1 TBS carrier oil of choice for babies under 2 years old
Oils to Avoid
During Pregnancy*: Basil, Birch, Calamus, Cassia, Cinnamon bark, Hyssop, Idaho tansy, Lavindin (this is different than Lavender), Rosemary, Sage, Tarragon, and Wintergreen
For Babies*: Eucalyptus, Basil, Juniper, Peppermint, Hyssop, and Wintergreen.
For toddlers and young children 2-5: Please dilute and start slow! Be particularly careful of “hot” oils such as Clove, Oregano, and Thieves. Hot oils cause a warm tingly sensation to the skin. Applying without dilution can cause redness and irritation to the skin, which can be uncomfortable.
*Please use your own judgment when deciding which essential oils to use.
During pregnancy, whether it's your first, second, 5th or 8th, we experience a lot of different emotions: fear, anxiety, worry, love, joy, and so many others.
Breathing in essential oils is an effective and safe way to help change unwanted emotions, either turning negative emotions into positive, uplifting ones or enhancing positive emotions!
The other HUGE benefit to diffusing is that you can also throw out all those air fresheners and candles you have hanging around the house that are filled with harmful chemicals.
Besides diffusing your oils to aid with your mood, you can also consider making a perfume. This could be either a spray or a roll-on and the best part is you can take it with you and use it on the go, unlike your diffuser.
HOW TO MAKE PERFUME WITH OILS
Mix the following ingredients together in a glass spray bottle.
• 4 oz. glass spray bottle.
• 4 oz. 100 proof vodka* or Witch Hazel to emulsify the essential oils.
• 40-60 drops of your favorite essential oil combination.
• Shake well and spritz.
*Most vodkas are 80 proof. If you cannot find 100 proof and use 80 proof, you will need to shake your perfume before each use.
Here are some oils that may help you overcome or enhance certain emotions.
- Fear - Valor, Bergamot, Geranium, Present Time
- Occasional Stress - Lavender, Stress Away, Frankincense, Peace & Calming, Bergamot.
- Occasional Anxiety - Lavender, Lemon, Copaiba, Orange
- Occasional sadness - Joy, Orange
- Worry - Bergamot
- Love - Oola Family
TIP: During pregnancy, your sense of smell may be different than before. Take off the cap to a few oils and smell them before you put them in the diffuser or create a perfume. Diffuse one that you love smelling in order to uplift your spirits.
If you're pregnant or have been pregnant, do you have any smells you cannot handle or ones you now love?! Comment below and help out other mommas.
Know your body
Our next few topics are going to explore some tips and health practices for you to use during pregnancy to help you feel amazing all the way to D-day. You can start at any time, but I say the earlier, the better.
Your body goes through so many changes while pregnant. Your growing baby is pushing on all kinds of organs. Your round ligaments stretch and thicken, and your hormones are causing your cartilage to loosen up as it prepares your body to stretch and open up for delivery.
Although aches and pains may be described as "normal," they are more accurately described as "common." You can help avoid discomfort by taking care of yourself and listening to your body so you can stay physically comfortable all the way to delivery!
Here are some things you can do during pregnancy to help with alignment.
- Rub Valor essential oil daily on hips and spine along the inside of each foot. This oil is known as a "chiropractor in a bottle."
- Make weekly chiropractor visits. (Apply Valor before visits.) This was a lifesaver for me during my second pregnancy.
- Sleep with a wedge pillow or a pregnancy pillow between your knees and under your belly. You can even use these pillows postpartum!
When you're pregnant, you're eating for two. Go for quality, not quantity.
Did you know that if you're a healthy weight, you don't need any additional calories in the first trimester? In your second trimester, you only need 340 extra calories a day. By your third trimester, you need 450 extra calories a day.
During pregnancy, your body is pulling vitamins and minerals from you to give to your baby. That's why it is important that you replenish the vitamins and minerals in your body with healthy food and supplements. Whole food supplements (nothing synthetic) are a great way to help your body and therefore your baby gets the nutrients you both need.
One supplement that I was lucky enough to find before I got pregnant with my second was NingXia Red. It was the secret to keeping up with my toddler. Honestly. I could not have made it to the end without it. During my first pregnancy, I was taking naps under desk during work. I would come home and go straight to sleep. I didn’t have those luxuries with my second, and I am forever grateful to the red juice.
NingXia Red helps maintain healthy blood glucose levels, provides extra nutrients your body needs and helps keep energy levels up! Did you know morning sickness can often happen because of irregular blood sugar levels? Don't skip your NingXia!
Probiotics promote healthy digestion, support gut health, and help maintain normal intestinal function.
A healthy gut helps keep our immune systems strong, allows us to absorb the proper nutrients, and keeps things flowing regularly when we have that little one growing and pushing everything around. And all that greatness is passed on to our little one.
Take whatever supplements your doctor, midwife, or chiropractor suggest to support your immune system and keep you energized and healthy. This is likely to include a prenatal vitamin, vitamin D, and natural folate. Making sure you're getting enough calcium and magnesium can also be very helpful.
Please feel empowered to make your own health choices.
**If you plan to breastfeed and are nervous about milk production, discontinue regular use of Peppermint a month or two before your due date. Some people are sensitive to mint and have reported decreased milk production when using it regularly while nursing.
Make the Switch
We’ve discussed how important what goes IN your body is. But what about what you put ON your body or what you expose your body to in your own home.
Swap out harmful products for clean, safe, and effective products.
Start with your skin care.
Many skin care and makeup products contain harmful ingredients that can affect your reproductive system, human development, organs, and much more. Some even contain carcinogens that are linked to cancer. These harmful chemicals get absorbed into your skin as you wear them. Click here to find out more about my favorite skincare products.
Next, swap out some home care products.
Use the Thieves line from Young Living to swap out every cleaner you own, including laundry detergent, hand and dishwasher soap, hand purifier, toothpaste, mouthwash and more. The Thieves line is formulated with natural plant-based ingredients for the safest way to clean your house, your mouth, and your clothes!
As soon as that baby arrives, your world is about to get a lot more hectic and busy!
I know you're excited and anxious for your baby to arrive but TRUST ME, soak in some quiet time and pamper yourself a little. Go see a movie, get a pedicure, have a date night, or take a warm bath with your essential oils to relax. Do something that you really enjoy, something that is peaceful, life-giving and recharging, because as soon as that baby arrives, it's a whole new world, momma. Beautiful, but busy.
Use your oils to maximize these moments of relaxation.
Ok, so maybe you don't have time to take a bath in lace, milk, and flowers but PLEASE add your oils! Doing this is a GAME. CHANGER. Try this simple bath salts recipe and recite a few positive calming affirmations.
- 1-2 cups Epsom salt
- 10 drops Lavender or any other calming oil of choice
Add the Essential Oil to the bath salts; shake or stir; then, add the mixture to a warm bath.
"I am relaxed."
"I am letting go of all my worries."
"I release my concerns for the time being."
"My body is relaxed and at peace."
"My mind is calm."
Three weeks before D-DAY
Doctors used to give episiotomies to almost everyone. WHAT?! PASS...
However, doctors are now moving away from that practice. THANK GOODNESS. They have found that most women tear less severely and heal just as well without making a “clean” cut with an episiotomy.
Start massaging the perineum with this oil blend for soft expandable skin at least three weeks before your due date. Start earlier if you think you will deliver early.
Mix 8 drops Geranium and 5 drops Lavender with 1 oz carrier oil; massage your perineum with this blend three times a day*.
*One week before delivery add 5 drops Fennel to above recipe and apply to and massage your perineum with this oil blend three times a day.
Non-oily recommendations to avoid vaginal tearing during delivery.
Deliver your baby while in a hands and knees (tabletop) position. This takes the pressure of baby off the rectum and makes it less likely for you to tear.
Delivery in the water. More hospitals are warming up to the idea of water births. If you have a tub in your room and are not allowed to deliver in the water, stay in that tub as long as possible. Many women report that water helps decrease pain during labor as well.
Both of these techniques can only be done if you are not receiving an epidural.
If you’re choosing (*hand raised*) or have to go the route of an epidural, you will deliver your baby on your back so definitely be doing your perineum massage prior to delivery!
Labor is a beautiful time, but it can also be filled with so much anxiety and fear. It's also a lot of work. Hard work! After all, it is called LABOR for a reason. Remember, you were MADE to do this! And once it's over, you will meet your new baby!
As you have learned, essential oils have so many uses and they have the potential to help ease your body and mind during this process.
Think about the oils you have gotten to know so well throughout your pregnancy. Continue to use the ones that have become your favorites - the ones that made you feel the most positive, empowered, and open.
Make a few roll-ons for delivery. This makes using your oils VERY EASY! Instruct your partner or doula to use the oils with you at different times.
Oils to consider during early labor.
Use carrier oil and Gentle Baby & ClaraDerm for perineal massage.
Apply Gentle Baby to your ankles and hands when labor starts.
Diffuse Present Time or apply it to your wrists to focus on giving birth. (Focus roll-on.)
Diffuse Valor and apply it along the spine and inside of each foot. (Courage roll-on.)
Rub Lavender on hips, the bottoms of your feet, or on your abdomen.
Rub Nutmeg on hips, the bottoms of your feet, or on your abdomen. (Calming to the nervous system.).
Take NingXia Red, NingXia Nitro, NingXia Zyng, Mind Wise, En-R-Gee essential oil as needed for energy and focus!
As soon as you realize you're in labor, take some NR for nutrition and energy and Mindwise to support your heart and brain.
If you are in a hospital and can't drink during delivery, have the Nitro and Zyng on hand for your partner and maybe even staff. It could be a long one. =)
Add 1 drop of Peppermint in the toilet and sit above it, or smell peppermint while on the toilet. It's also great to inhale in between contractions for focus.
Use DiGize (on feet), Spearmint, or Peppermint for nausea if needed. (Tummy roll-on.)
Put 1-3 drops Clary Sage around the ankles to kick labor into gear. You can also add Dragon time, Fennel, and Gathering.
Oils to consider during transition.
As you enter active labor, your cervix begins to dilate more rapidly, and contractions are longer, stronger, and closer together. People often refer to the last part of active labor as transition. This is often when women feel like they just can’t do it anymore. Don’t be afraid! That means you're soooo close to meeting your baby!
Try these oily tips to help you get through!
- Dilute Basil and add 1-2 drops on temples and abdomen or vita flex points on feet.
- Use Peppermint and/or RC in between contractions to help with breathing.
- Use more Valor/ Courage Roll on. Also, try speaking positive thoughts to yourself or have your partner or support person speak them to you. Say things like, “I was made to do this,” “I am a strong powerful woman,” “I am more than capable,” and “I am a good mother.”
Oils to consider any time.
Massage Panaway*, Deep Relief*, OrthoEase* on lower back for discomfort.
*Contains Wintergreen, so use with caution.
Use Marjoram, Lemongrass, or Lavender on muscles and joints for aches.
Other options are to rub Harmony, Peace & Calming, or Clary Sage over the uterus area to minimize discomfort during contractions.
*Please make decisions based on your personal health. Feel empowered to do your own research and decide what you are comfortable with using or doing for you and your family.
Here are some fun, effective roll-on recipes that are perfect for the big day.
Combine the following oils in a 10 mL container, top off with a Carrier Oil, and put on your roller top! Keep this handy or in your labor bag.
NOTE: You can adjust the amount of each essential oil based on smell if you are extra sensitive to scent! Pick the oils you LOVE the smell of!
You may omit any of these if you don't enjoy the scent. I highly recommend Clary Sage and Frankincense in this roller.
• 10 drops Clary Sage
• 3 drops Peace & Calming
• 5-10 drops Frankincense
• 2 drops Stress Away
• 2 drops Lavender
• 5 drops Highest Potential
• 5 drops Present Time
• 5 drops Brain Power
• 5 drops Clary Sage
• 10 drops Clary Sage
• 10 drops Gentle Baby
• 5 drops Geranium
NOTE: You can consider adding Dragon Time but it will smell strongly of Fennel.
• 8 drops Peppermint*
• 15 drops Spearmint
• 5 drops DiGize (and more if you enjoy the smell.)
*Peppermint can cause a decrease in milk supply for some. If you have concerns about milk production, please omit Peppermint from your roller.
• 25 drops Valor
Congratulations! You did it.
Well, hopefully, you didn't literally just have your baby while reading this post, but your day will be coming soon and so now let's look at what you need AFTER delivery.
The postpartum time is just as important as your prenatal time and there's so much that you can do to help your body and mind heal from all the hard work you just did.
In the perfect world of social media, there’s such a temptation to feel the need to pop back from birth as if nothing happened, to get that pre-baby-body back, the house clean, your baby sleep-trained, and all of your ducks in a row, right away.
I’d like to remind you that your body just did something major and amazing and it needs time to heal and you need time to recover. Be gentle with yourself and ask for help.
These oils can help too!
Oils to use Postpartum
Comfort during postpartum uterine contractions - Geranium & Lavender: dilute and apply over uterus, ankles, or bottoms of feet.
Milk Supply - Clary Sage diluted - apply above breasts and lymph area to bring in milk supply.
- To increase supply, use Fennel or Basil over breasts.
- To decrease supply, use Peppermint or Jasmine over breasts.
Soothing and cooling your hoo-ha =) Claraderm Spray.
Rectal pads - in case the pressure of your baby gave your bottom a nice little present, try this:
Combine 3 drops of each of these oils into 1 oz. witch hazel: Cypress, Clary Sage, Patchouli, Peppermint, Sandalwood, Basil, Frankincense, Helichrysum, Myrrh. Soak up with cotton pads. Place one pad on rectum as needed a few times a day for several days. If you don't have all of the above oils, use what you have.
C-section - Use Lavender and Frankincense (Rose, too, if you feel like splurging) to keep your incision healthy. Mix 5 drops each in 1 oz. carrier oil. At one week postpartum, start to massage the incision with your mixture for five minutes three times a day.
Tummy roller to help with easy bowel movements.Use this daily for a few weeks postpartum to stay regular: DiGize, Spearmint, Peppermint*. See recipe in the previous post.
*Do not use Peppermint if you are breastfeeding and are concerned about milk supply.
Postpartum Belly Balm* - Add 20 drops of Clarity, Dragon Time, Geranium, Gentle Baby to a bottle of Lavender lotion; apply to belly 24 hours postpartum and thereafter daily for skin elasticity.
*Do not use until after delivery.
Tender Breasts - Apply one drop of Lavender and Citrus Fresh to any tender or hot areas on breasts after milk comes in. Couple with frequent nursing or pumping.
Baby Blues** - Diffuse or apply any of the following oils or blends: Joy, Lavender, Lemon, Peace & Calming, Valor, Clary Sage, Bergamot, Frankincense, Gentle Baby, Geranium, Basil.
**If the oils don't bring you to your normal state, please seek help. Tell a friend or family member. Postpartum sadness is real and can be serious. Ask for help. There is no need to be ashamed. It is not your fault. Hormones are amazing but big fluxes in them can cause you to not feel like yourself.
Night Sweats - Restart your Progessence Plus regimen.
Continue with good nutrition - Eat healthy foods and take your NingXia Red, Life 9, and any other nutritional supplements you have been taking.
FUN FACT: Women burn around 20 calories to make 1 ounce of breast milk. So if your baby drinks 19-30 ounces a day, that's anywhere between 380-600 calories. Please make sure you're taking in enough calories to keep you and your baby fed and healthy!
There was a study done that measured the number of chemicals found in the blood of newborn baby umbilical cords. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) found 200+ chemicals in the cord blood, including ones that are harmful to the development of your precious baby. This tells us that we as mothers need to be very cautious about the products we are using in utero, but it is also a great reminder that our babies are exposed to chemicals from the second they are conceived. As parents, we can make every effort to select safe and effective products to use on them once they are born to minimize the amount of chemical exposure.
Use products made without lanolin, parabens, phthalates, petrochemicals, synthetic preservatives, synthetic fragrances, or synthetic colorants? Here are some facts for you!
LANOLIN is a product derived from sheep that can contain GMOs and pesticides when those sheep are exposed to them. GMOs are often doused with glyphosate, which can be an endocrine disruptor.
PARABENS are known carcinogens (linked to skin cancer). They are also reproductive and developmental toxins.
PHTHALATES: (listed as DEP, DBP, & DEHP on labels) are toxic to the reproductive system and affect fetal development. Phthalates also disrupt your endocrine system and are known carcinogens.
PETROCHEMICALS: (including mineral oils) are made from petroleum and may cause breakouts, premature aging, and may negatively affect your hormones and immune system.
(Petrochemicals are found in many commonly available lotions, creams, ointments, and cosmetics.)
Synthetic fragrances: Did you know that 95 percent of the chemicals in synthetic fragrances are derived from petrochemicals? These petrochemicals include benzene derivatives, aldehydes, and phthalates. These and many other known toxins are capable of causing cancer, birth defects, nervous-system disorders, and allergies. Some of these petrochemicals are even cited on the EPA’s hazardous waste list.
Synthetic dyes: Many artificial dyes have been banned from use in food because of the health problems they cause. Unfortunately, there are relatively few restrictions on the types of dyes that can be used in our skincare products. The most common synthetic colors used in cosmetics and hair dyes are called FD&C colors. They are derived from coal tar, which is a by-product of petroleum. Because some coal tar dyes have been known to cause cancer, they are regulated by the FDA in foods, but not in skin care products, as to the amount of lead or arsenic they are allowed to contain.
The question I am asking myself is, why are they allowed to put any of those things in my products!?
All in all:
I always stress the quality of essential oils, but really, during pregnancy this is SO important. The better the quality, the better the results.
Remember to dilute your oils; do not put them eyes or ears; and follow directions on labels.
Avoid basil, birch, calamus, cassia, cinnamon bark, hyssop, idaho tansy, lavindin (different than lavender), rosemary, sage, tarragon, and wintergreen.
Use your oils topically and aromatically.
Use your oils to make a perfume, bath salts, roller bottles to help calm the nerves, focus, labor, tummy issues, and for courage, and perineum massage oil.
I hope you enjoyed these tips and tricks on how to support your body during pregnancy and post-delivery.
Leave a comment below and let me know how you use your oils. Also, take a photo to share on Instagram! Tag me @naturewellnessbeauty so I can see, and give me a follow if you don’t already! I’d love to stay connected!
Thank you for being here on this journey with me. I'm truly honored you're here.
With Love & Gratitude,
Hello! I’m Jess – I’m a small town Oregonian, a scientist, and a crunchy mom. Passionate about essential oils, long distance cycling, cooking with my littles, cashew milk ice cream + margaritas (on the rocks - salt, please!). My purpose is to help people and nature, both in my professional career and in my personal life. I have spent my career helping bridge the gap between commercial development and preserving nature. Essential oils have become my way to do the same between all the commercial products in our home and creating simple, products on my own. This blog shares my journey to a more natural lifestyle using essential oils, including the science behind essential oils, DIY recipes, tips, and ways to save money using plant-based alternatives.
I don’t promote diets, fitness, or weight loss as a goal - I encourage my clients to seek out what works for their individual body chemistry + spirit. We will look at how all parts of your life affect your health as a whole.
I am not a doctor. I am not here to diagnose, treat, or cure any of your illnesses. The content I share is for informational purposes only.
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