Using Essential Oils During Pregnancy

Pregnancy can be uncomfortable enough just with your growing belly! Unfortunately, most women experience worse side effects than just a disrupted center of gravity. Pregnancy can come with a slew of unwanted symptoms from throbbing headaches to restless legs, nausea and swelling, stretchmarks and dry skin. That’s just a few!

There are seldom any over-the-counter remedies for you pregnancy woes. But, I found essential oils to greatly fill that void! before reading any further, I must say that:

This blog is an educational and informational resource for anyone interested in my stories and creations. It is not a substitute for working with a doctor or other medical professional. I cannot guarantee the outcome of  my recommendations and statements. I make no guarantees about the information and recommendations provided herein. By continuing to use/read/participate in this website/ blog/email series you acknowledge that I cannot guarantee any particular results, as such outcomes are based on subjective factors that are not within my control. Therefore, following any information or recommendations provided on this website/blog/email series are at your own risk. If you need medical advice, you should hire a physician or other professional. Please speak with your medical professional before using essential oils. And, always test essential oils on a small patch of skin before applying to the entire affected area to ensure there is no adverse reaction.

Now that I’ve gotten that out of the way, we can continue on our oily way!

Less is More

First and foremost, make sure you are using essential oils that are 100% pure therapeutic grade. Personally, I use Young Living Essential Oils (which you can learn more about here). Some oils that you may find on Amazon or even in your local drug store may make the claim that they are 100% therapeutic grade. This claim is not enforced by any sort of federal agency. So, keep that in mind. Some companies top their oils with fillers or are strictly fragrance oils and not therapeutic. You do get what you pay for. Do a little homework before purchasing!

So, when using oils during pregnancy, I suggest only topically (diluted) and diffusing/inhaling. I personally do not think it is safe to ingest oils while pregnant. Each drop of oil is extremely concentrated. For instance,  it takes 27 square feet of lavender plants to make one 15-ml bottle of Young Living lavender oil. There are approximately 250 drops in a 15ml bottle. So, that’s approximately 9 square feet per drop of lavender.

You do not need to use a bunch of your oils to feel the effects of them.

Make On the Go Rollers and Massage Blends!

I loved my rollers during pregnancy. I still do! Roller bottles – whether 1 ml, 2 ml, 10 ml – make for very easy application. You can keep them in your purse for quick use wherever you are! Because, sometimes out of nowhere you’ll be hit with a crazy headache or maybe your lunch had too much sodium in it and you’re already starting to swell!

Rollers are typically good for 3-6 months. Just keep a nose out for when they start to smell a little funky, or hold them up to the light. They should be clear not murky or opaque. See my favorite pregnancy roller recipes below!

You can also combine your favorite blends into dropper bottles or directly into your favorite lotion or coconut oil to apply topically.

Diffuse Diffuse Diffuse!

If you are able to – bring a diffuser to work! You will reap the benefits of being able to diffuse on and off all day! I am lucky enough to be able to do this and it makes my work day that much more enjoyable. People love coming in my office, too! Diffusers can cover a bigger surface area.

Add to your Evening Bath!

If this is your first baby, then hopefully you have lots of time to pamper yourself. When I was pregnant with my first, I was sure to take at least one bath per week. This helped my stress levels immensely and also helped me sleep!

My favorite Essential Oil Recipes for Pregnancy

Headache Relief 10 ml Roller

In a 10 ml roller bottle add 2 drops lavender, 2 drops peppermint, 2 drops marjoram in a and fill the rest with carrier oil. Roll along the temples and and the back of neck at the base of the skull. Massage in.

Swelling-Go-Away 10 ml Roller

In a 10 ml roller bottle combine 4 Cypress, 2 Eucalyptus, 2 Lavender. Fill the rest with carrier oil. Roll on the affected area. For swollen ankles, roll along the bottom of your feet.

Nausea Diffuser Blend

Add 2 drops lemon, 2 drops ginger, and 1 drop peppermint to your diffuser!

Restless Leg Dropper Blend

In a 5ml dropper bottle, combine 30 drops Rosemary, 20 drops Marjoram, 10 drops Lavender, and 10 drops Ginger. Shake to combine. Take 6 drops of this mixture with 2 tbsp of coconut oil or your favorite body lotion and massage into legs right before bed.

Stretch Mark Tummy & Body Oil

Mix 1/4 cup Coconut oil, 1/3 tsp Vitamin E oil, 4 tbsp Rosehip oil, 40 drops lavender, 40 drops frankincense, 40 rosewood. Mix well and store in a cool place. Use twice daily if possible.

PUPPPS Spray

Should you be so horribly lucky to have come down with a case of PUPPPS, use this amazing spray to help with itching and relief!

Sleep Well Bath

Add 2 drops Roman Chamomile, 2 Drops Lavender, 2 drops Marjoram to your bath once it is filled. Sit back, relax, and enjoy for 15-30 minutes.

Back Pain Relief

In a 10 ml roller bottle, combine 2 drops peppermint, 2 drops lavender, and 2 drops cypress. Fill the rest with carrier oil. Apply to the affected area and gently massage into skin/muscles.

And for when the big day does arrive, see my Labor Diffuser Blend to enjoy during labor and delivery!

You can absolutely use these blends once your baby has been delivered, just keep in mind that Peppermint can decrease your milk supply.

Also, it is suggested that you avoid the following oils during pregnancy:

  • Anise or Aniseed
  • Basil (<– but very handy after birth for breastfeeding)
  • Birch
  • Calamus
  • Cassia
  • Cinnamon Bark
  • Clary Sage (<– but very handy to help induce labor and stimulate contractions once labor has started).
  • Clove
  • Fennel (<– but very handy after birth for breastfeeding)
  • Hyssop
  • Lemongrass
  • Mugwart
  • Oregano
  • Pennyroyal
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Tansy
  • Terragon
  • Thyme
  • Vetiver
  • White Fir
  • Wintergreen
  • Wormwood

This blog is an educational and informational resource for anyone interested in my stories and creations. It is not a substitute for working with a doctor or other medical professional. I cannot guarantee the outcome of  my recommendations and statements. I make no guarantees about the information and recommendations provided herein. By continuing to use/read/participate in this website/ blog/email series you acknowledge that I cannot guarantee any particular results, as such outcomes are based on subjective factors that are not within my control. Therefore, following any information or recommendations provided on this website/blog/email series are at your own risk. If you need medical advice, you should hire a physician or other professional. Please speak with your medical professional before using essential oils.

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