Motherhood

A beautiful experience in the lives of many women is the process of pregnancy, birth and raising children. Essential oils can be a great support during this special time. We are excited to share some of the following things with you:

  • Process of pregnancy, labor and birth
  • Essential oils to support these processes
  • Safety tips for using essential oils in pregnancy and beyond.

Pregnancy

Pregnancy can be a unique, exciting and joyous time in a woman’s life. For a woman to become pregnant, she must release an egg from her ovary - ovulation. Next, the egg and sperm must meet and form a single cell - fertilization.
      

Then pregnancy begins when and if the fertilized egg attaches to a woman’s uterus and begins to grow - implantation. The growing fetus depends entirely on its mother’s healthy body for all needs. Pregnant women must take steps to remain as healthy and well nourished as they possibly can.

Labor and Delivery

After an approximate nine-month gestation period a woman’s body begins the work of helping baby enter the world.


This work is called labor. Labor is a process where baby inside the womb transitions out of the uterus to be born as an infant into the world. Every labor is different. It can be long or short, very difficult or not. Each labor, however, follows a basic pattern:

  • Contractions (labor pains) open the cervix
  • The womb pushes the baby down the birth canal
  • The baby is born and then the placenta is born

Newborn

Once the baby is born, it no longer receives nutrients from the umbilical cord.

Breastfeeding is the normal way of providing young infants the nutrients they need for healthy growth and development.

Typically most mothers can breastfeed, provided they have accurate information. Exclusive breastfeeding is recommended up to six months of age, with continued breastfeeding along with appropriate complementary foods as desired.

Essential Oils for Support

  • Digestzen: to help maintain a healthy gastrointestinal tract. It will ease feelings of queasiness and help reduce bloating and gas. Use with fractionated coconut oil for a soothing abdominal massage.
  • Ginger: may help support healthy digestion and healthy joint function. It may help reduce occasional nausea. Diffuse it to help create a sense of equilibrium and for added energy in late afternoons.
  • Peppermint: rub on temples after waking for an energy boost. Diffuse when feeling fatigued. Place a drop in your mouth to alleviate occasional stomach upset.
  • Lemon: naturally cleanses the body and aids in digestion. Diffuse to promote a positive mood. Add lemon oil to a spray bottle of water to clean tables and other surfaces.
  • Frankincense take a drop or two in a veggie capsule to support healthy cellular function. You can also apply to the bottom of your feet to promote feelings of relaxation and to balance mood.

Pregnancy and Beyond

Use truly therapeutic, superior grade essential oils that are certified as pure, potent, genuine and authentic.

Use small amounts and apply with a carrier oil.

Be more cautious in the first trimester

Use oils aromatically as a safe method during pregnancy.

Err on the side of safety.

Consult with your practitioner about usage

**NOTE: The use of Clary Sage by women who have a history of preterm labor or miscarriage or are experiencing such, should be avoided. The use of peppermint oil while nursing can limit milk production for some women and therefore it is recommended for them to reduce or stop usage while breastfeeding. Some women report that minor use is acceptable but advise avoiding regular use so as to avoid a significant decrease in milk production.


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