Today, we are going to take a look at the best essential oils for pregnancy and how to use them.
You may be wondering, is it safe to use essential oils during pregnancy? This is a very important question to ask.
First of all, pregnancy is a period when women are very vulnerable. And second of all, the little one growing inside of the pregnant woman is even more vulnerable.
So care must be taken to ensure that neither mother nor the fetus is exposed to any danger.
I love essential oils because of the many benefits and uses. However, it’s important to note that there are also essential oil dangers and risks.
So are essential oils safe for pregnant women? Essential oils can be safe to use during pregnancy as long as YOU are in good health and take the necessary SAFETY precautions.
Moreover, essential oils can also be helpful in alleviating some of the problems that come with pregnancy.
Note: I always recommend that you talk to your Obstetrician first before using essential oils. Each woman is different, and your doctor is the best person for you to discuss whether essential oils are right for you or not!
Note: This list is not exclusive. I have listed the essential oils that are more likely to be used. I highly recommend the following reference:
Tisserand, R., Young, R. Essential Oil Safety, second edition. London. Churchill Livingston, 2014
Being pregnant is a thing of joy, however, there are problems that come with it too. Below are some of such problems and how you can use essential oils to alleviate them.
Most pregnant women experience nausea at the beginning of their pregnancy (first trimester). It usually clears up by the fourth month, but for some women, it could last throughout the entire pregnancy.
Add the essential oils to a bowl of boiling water (1 pint) and let the steam circulate.
Constipation is another irritating problem that comes with pregnancy. Eating fiber rich foods and drinking enough water can help prevent constipation. Aside from essential oils, you can also use coconut oil to relieve constipation.
Varicose veins are very common among pregnant women because of the extra pressure of the pregnancy on their legs.
Leg cramps during pregnancy can be caused by the position of the baby in your womb. They can also be caused by deficiencies in calcium, potassium, magnesium and other vital nutrients your body needs to function optimally.
So be sure that you are getting all the vitamins, minerals and nutrients you need!
Edema in pregnant women is very common. It often happens in very hot weather or as a result of long period of standing. Swelling in the feet and ankles is nothing serious.
However, it becomes a serious matter if it occurs in conjunction with blood pressure and high protein levels in your urine. This could mean that you have preeclampsia, so be sure to consult with your doctor.
Fatigue or exhaustion is something almost every pregnant woman deals with. The extra weight you are carrying inside of you, the pregnancy hormones that are going haywire and all the other problems associated with pregnancy can really drain your energy.
Another problem that a lot of pregnant women experience is hemorrhoids. These are mainly caused by constipation along with the increased pressure of the expanding abdomen. Constipation leads to straining (to pass stool), which cause the veins in the anus area to dilate.
I hope you found the information in this post helpful – the safe essential oils for pregnancy, how to use them and the ones to avoid.
These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This article is for educational and informational purposes only and does not intend to diagnose, treat or cure any disease or illness. It is always recommended that you seek the advise of your private medical doctor.
The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy by Valerie Ann Worwood