Pure essential oils can a huge support during pregnancy and breastfeeding, but it’s important to know which ones to use and when. What we put on our skin is absorbed into our blood stream within 20 minutes max, which is then shared with our baby. This is why it’s so it’s important to be aware of all the products we consume, including those we use on our largest organ, our skin. As mentioned by the National Association for Holistic Therapy, the quality of the oil is incredibly important as is the quantity used. Many oils on the market have additives and are blended with other unnamed ingredients to be cost-effective. This is one reason I choose to only use Young Living Essential Oils. Young Living owns their own farms and takes great pride in ensuring quality from ‘seed to seal’. They care for the plants energetically and beyond – and yes, you can even visit their farms around the world to experience yourself! As these oils are pure, you need very little.
During the first trimester it’s important to be cautious, and I would not recommend ingesting any essential oils. You are safe to use the following oils topically or diffuse during the first trimester to uplift and help keep nausea at bay; Bergamot, Chamomile (german and roman), Eucalyptus, Frankincense, Ginger, Lavender, Lemon, Lemongrass, Peppermint, Petitgrain & citrus scents.
I would not recommend ingesting or using any of the following essential oils on your skin while pregnant; Aniseed, Anise star, Basil, Cedarwood, Cinnamon, Clary Sage, Clove, Cumin, Fennel, Hyssop, Jasmine, Oregano, Myrrh, Parsley, Pennroyal, Rosemary, Sassafrass, Savory, Sweet birch, Thyme, Wintergreen, Wormwood.
Yoga Tip: While active pranayama (breath-work) is not recommended during pregnancy, a deep slow breath is a wonderful way to help ease nausea, and help you to tune into yourself and baby. Find a comfortable space & close your eyes for a steady inhale to a count of 4 into the belly and chest, and exhaling to the count of 4 relaxing the chest then belly. Repeat for 5-30 minutes.
The second trimester is a great time to start massaging a few drops of pure essential oils diluted into the carrier oil of your choice – coconut, jojoba, almond etc – all over your beautiful body. These oils are wonderful for nourishing the skin; Bergamot, Chamomile, Frankincense, Geranium, Lavender, Lemongrass, Neroli, Rose Otto, Sandalwood & Ylang Ylang. I would suggest using organic carrier oils for their purity.
You can also continue to diffuse or apply the following oils to help energize yourself; Bergamot, Eucalyptus, Ginger, Lemon, Lemongrass, Peppermint & citrus scents.
For an amazing sleep, I would recommend a few drops of Lavender, Frankincense or White Angelica in a bath with pure magnesium salts.
Yoga Tip: You may notice your lower back beginning to bother you a bit. To get ahead of this, try cat/cow every morning and evening as this involves pelvic tilts. This helps to loosen the back, allowing energy to flow through the spine nourishing all your organs (including baby), and strengthen the pelvic area. If you haven’t yet, try to get to a Prenatal Yoga class for more tips and poses to strengthen and calm.
Below are a few recipes you can blend into a carrier oil or diffuse to soothe some common discomforts in the third trimester:
- Frequent urination – Cypress, Neroli & Sweet marjoram
- Heartburn – Petitgrain, Roman chamomile & Sandalwood
- Haemorrhoids – Copaiba, Cypress, Peppermint, Sandalwood & Sweet orange
- Varicose veins – Cypress, Sandalwood, Sweet orange
- Water retention – Geranium, Lemon & Petitgrain
Yoga Tip: One of my favourite parts of our Prenatal Yoga classes is our flowing squats. This helps you connect to your breath, strengthen your legs, open the hips, and encourages baby to move to a head first position. Start by rolling a mat under your heels, coming to standing hands above your head. Exhale slowly folding into a squat, and using your hands rolling up with the inhale. Try doing 15 when you wake up each morning.
During birth, Clary sage & Jasmine are welcome in addition to any of your favourite oils from above to help you stay in a space of peace and joy during this special time. Frankincense,Helichrysum, Lavender, Jasmine, Rose, Sandalwood & White angelica are some of the highest vibrational oils and wonderful to use at birth. Copaiba is another amazing oil to ease anxiety and compliment other oils – this is one of my absolute favourites. Oils are best diffused or you can blend into a carrier oil for massage.
Yoga Tip: The breath and meditations we do in class help you prepare for birth, by helping you connect to your intuition and your baby. Gentle breath, visualization, and mantra help us stay in a space of peace. Try the breath tip mentioned in the First Trimester section and creating a mantra for yourself. It can be as simple as ‘I am love, I am strength, I trust my intuition.’ Get creative!
If you would like a little extra support, Clara (certified Doula) and her husband Mathius will be hosting an intimate Birth Partner Workshop November 25th for 6 couples.
Breastfeeding & Fourth Trimester
Gentle Baby blend is an oil you and your little bundle can enjoy to soothe the skin and aid with sleep. I would suggest diffusing this oil, or blending with a carrier oil to apply along on the inner ankles, lower back and across the tummy to ease any discomforts.
Some oils to help you balance hormones include; Bergamot, Cedarwood, Clove, Copaiba, Frankincense, Helichrysum, Lavender, Lemon & Peppermint. These oils are uplifting, calming, and can help balance hormones. Wild Yam and Chaste Tree also help balance hormones – for these I would speak to your Naturopath.
Basil, Fennel & Geranium help to increase production of milk, while Peppermint slows the flow. You will want to place a drop or two above the breasts around the lymphs.
To soothe sore and cracked nipples, try using Geranium, Myrrh & Sandalwood in a carrier oil.
Mastitis? Massage Clove, Lavender, Orange, Thyme, or Rosemary into the lymphs above the breast.
A friend also recommended Clariderm spray on a pad to help soothe & heal. Please see below for details on purchasing Clariderm or other pure essential oils.
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