Since a good majority of us are either moms, have kids, or know people that fit into one or both of these categories, the question about the safety and use of essential oils while pregnant gets asked a lot! Let’s just throw this out there right now – I’m not a doctor nor do I claim to diagnose or prescribe in any way. I just want to inform you about personal experiences from others where success was found!
First and foremost, you’ll want to talk to your doctor before starting any essential oil regimen during pregnancy. While essential oils are completely safe, there are some special precautions that should be taken if you are on any medications or have special health concerns. There are also several oils that are not recommended for use in some trimesters of pregnancy and/or with small babies or children. Now that we got that out of the way, it’s time to dig in!
Let’s talk pregnancy –
What a joyous time in your life, right? Carrying a baby, feeling it kick and move inside your belly, having that pregnancy glow. And then there’s the heartburn, swelling, nausea, sleepless nights, skin issues, pregnancy induced varicose veins, mood swings – lovely! Being pregnant is exhausting enough for most women as it is. Add not feeling well on top of that and it makes for one grumpy mama! Some of our members put together the following list of oils they found to be helpful during their pregnancies:
Lemon – This oil is great for helping ease the discomfort of heartburn. Apply on your throat, upper abdomen, or wherever you’re specifically feeling heartburn pain. You can dilute with a carrier oil like coconut or olive oil if you have really sensitive skin, but it isn’t necessary. Continue to apply as needed. Lemon may also help with pregnancy induced varicose veins. Yep, that’s right.. they are a real pain and if you haven’t experienced them, consider yourself lucky! Rub lemon on the veins to ease the discomfort. Members have also used lemon to help with the reduction of swelling – awesome! Young Living lemon oil can also be taken internally either as a drop mixed in your water or in an empty vegetable capsule.
Peace & Calming and/or Lavender – Comfortable sleep is a challenge during pregnancy, especially towards the end! For those nights where counting sheep just isn’t helping, try applying Peace & Calming to the bottom of your feet before bed. Just be sure to let it dry or put socks on because it can stain your sheets. You could also try applying lavender to the back of your neck, wrists, or glands under your ears. Another option is to mix a few drops of lavender in a spray bottle with water and mist your pillow/sheets to promote a restful night’s sleep. If you have a diffuser (a must in our opinion!), diffusing both of these together or separately may also be helpful.
Di-Gize – This oil is awesome for combating anything tummy related. We give you fair warning that it doesn’t have the most pleasant aroma (ok, it flat out stinks) but man, does it work! You can apply it directly to your stomach or follow the directions on the bottle for application.
Frankincense – As if we didn’t already struggle with skin issues enough as women, when you’re pregnant it seems like it’s about a hundred times worse! Our members have found that applying frankincense to your face after your nightly routine skin routine really helps. You can also create a “cream” by combining frankincense, lavender, and coconut oil in a small bowl and whipping it with a hand mixer. Many of our members use raw Shea butter or jojoba oil as a substitute for the coconut oil for a creamier texture with some added moisture, too! Apply your cream at night before bed – you don’t need much – and you should start to notice a difference in about a week or so.
As we said above, there are some essential oils that should be avoided during pregnancy. These include basil, birch, calamus, cassia, cinnamon bark, hyssop, Idaho tansy, lavandin (a form of lavender often sold in stores), rosemary, sage, and tarragon. It is also recommended that mothers avoid peppermint in the third trimester because it has historically been used to help turn breech babies. If you do have a breech baby in your third trimester, this oil could be helpful to avoid a possible C-section.