I feel so fortunate to have dipped my toes into the world of essential oils prior to becoming pregnant. There is always so much talk about ditching toxic products when trying to conceive, carrying a baby, and even during postpartum. However, I was already in the midst of my non-toxic journey and didn’t plan on stopping when I got pregnant- if anything I would become even more conscious.
I know that is not the case with everyone though. The media is saturated with products and supplements that you should or shouldn’t use during pregnancy. Some are quite obvious where others are solely left up to the decision of you and your doctor.
Essential oils are one of those things. Some people forbid using them while pregnant and others swear by them.
I personally, LOVE using them, and they were a life saver during my pregnancy. Below I created a list of essential oils commonly used throughout pregnancy and their benefits.
Essential Oils for Pregnancy
I will never say essential oils are the answer to everything or will cure any illness or symptom you may have, but I will say this- do your own research and always check with your doctor before using essential oils, especially when pregnant or trying to conceive.
Peppermint oil is an oil you will see mixed reviews on. It is a hot oil which means using it neat can cause skin irritation so always make sure you dilute it. There is also information floating around out there that it my dry up milk supply if you are breastfeeding. However, this varies upon woman so use it at your own discretion. I used peppermint oil mostly throughout my first trimester when I had morning sickness. I kept a bottle everywhere. In my bedroom, the kitchen, and in my purse. My favorite way to use it was to dilute it with a carrier oil (coconut oil) and rub it on my belly. I would also place a drop in my mouth if I needed immediate relief.
Lemon is another hot oil that I recommend diluting. It also makes your skin sensitive when it is exposed to the sun so wait 20 or more minutes after applying to go outside in the sunshine. This was another oil I used for nausea. I would add it to ginger tea or place a drop of it in my water. Smelling it would also do the trick!
Ginger, as if this wasn’t already the number one recommended remedy to relieve morning sickness or any other stomach upset. I’ll be the first to admit I’m not a huge fan of ginger, but ginger tea with lemon never fails me.
Clary Sage essential oil is an oil I only recommend using toward the end of your pregnancy as it is said to contract the uterus. I diffused this along with Geranium from 37 weeks all the way up until I had Jasper. It is also known to help support labor.
Geranium is a great oil to support your hormones. Using this as a perfume paired with Lavender and Valor can help keep your mind calm throughout pregnancy. This is also great to use during labor as well as during menstruation.
Valor is a magical if you ask me. King of emotional support oils, this is one you will want throughout your whole pregnancy. With such huge hormonal shifts your emotions can get the best of you, diffusing this or wearing it as a perfume can help support you and your emotions. I diffused this with Joy essential oil blend while in labor.
Lavender is the holy grail essential oil no matter what you’re going for. Skin support? Check. Hair support? Check. Emotional support? Check. Sleep support? Check.
Gentle Baby is an essential oil blend of a few oils that promote calmness as well as support your growing belly. I added this to my D.I.Y. belly cream and now I use it for emotional support with Jasper!
Thieves is another blend of essential oils and it’s just as good as Lavender. Thieves is a natural way to support your immune system and keep you above the wellness line during pregnancy. I rolled Thieves on my spine every day and diffused it after being around large crowds of people.
Progessence Plus is such a supportive blend when it comes to balancing your hormones. Think of it as nature’s form of the progesterone hormone, which is what women need to get pregnant and to stay pregnant. I highly recommend this oil prior to conceiving, during conception, and the first trimester. However, it doesn’t hurt to use it throughout your whole pregnancy- and especially after!
Ningxia Red is a dietary supplement, but it does contain powerful essential oils. It is great support for your immune system while also providing you with natural energy. Although there is few research out there, it is said Ningxia can support the health of your placenta as well.
Claraderm spray is a must toward the end of your pregnancy and postpartum! It is to help prep and strengthen the perineum for childbirth (can decrease your risk of tearing). It is also a life saver postpartum while you are healing!
I hope after reading this blog post your mind feels a little more at ease. I know for me it was overwhelming as to which oils were safe or not. As always, use your best judgment and talk with your doctor first!
*DISCLAIMER* Essential oils do not treat, prevent, cure, or heal any illnesses and you shouldn’t use them in replace of a prescribed medication. Always talk with your physician before using essential oils.
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