Written by Rachel Snyder, Platinum Leader
Pregnancy is one of the most wonderful, beautiful, and scary things I have ever been through, and I don’t think I am alone in thinking this. It’s incredible to see how our bodies are designed to create life and to see all that our amazing bodies are capable of, but that doesn’t mean that fear and doubt don’t enter our mind. There are so many do’s and don'ts when it comes to pregnancy, and all the information concerning pregnancy can be overwhelming. Lists of foods and medicines and activities to stay away from is just the beginning…
If you search the use of essential oils during pregnancy, you are going to get a huge mix of views and ideas, as you will with all things concerning pregnancy. An issue with many of these studies or articles is that there is no known level of purity of the oils used, or if these studies were actually test with humans. I don’t know many mama’s that would agree to be the subject of a study during pregnancy!
What we can depend on is our history, and the test of time. Women having been using herbs and essential oils for their therapeutic benefits in all areas of life, especially pregnancy and child birth for many centuries. Women are connectors and sharers, and always share what works for them with their friends, right?
As an essential oil educator and a mother I am so confident is sharing my experience with other women as they go through pregnancies because of the amazing results, relief and benefits I experienced with my pregnancy of my son, and the countless stories that I have heard, witnessed and read about.
This is where I am eternally grateful that someone shared the beauty and powerful purposes of essential oils. While there are many things to think about and research as a first time mother, using essential oils was something I knew I could take, use and nourish my body and baby with during my pregnancy. Since dōTERRA has such high and strict standards for safety and quality of their oils, and have partnered with so many health professionals around the country, it took that guess work and hours of research out for me, which was so nice since I was researching everything else related to pregnancy, like crazy!
I want to share some tips and oils that you can use through each trimester of your pregnancy. Most of this information comes from a trusted midwife, Stephanie Fritz, who has been practicing midwifery for 30+ years, and using doTERRA essential oils with her clients for the past 9 years. If you would like more information about how to use oils during your pregnancy you can read Stephanie’s book, “Essential Oils for Babies, Birth & Babies”, or follow her blog at theessentailmidwife.com.
The First Trimester
Trust your gut—literally.
If you find you have an aversion to a certain oil, just don’t use it. Your hormones are changing so much that your sense of smell may change. Just trust the process, and you will most likely be able to use that oil after the first trimester or pregnancy.
TerraZyme is going to be something that you will want to take on a daily basis. There may be things that you usually eat that you find you can no longer stomach, or make you uneasy. It’s always important to take a digestive enzymes because they help our bodies digest our food nutrients and help convert nutrients to energy in the cells, especially during pregnancy. TerraZyme promotes gastrointestinal comfort and food tolerance, supports healthy digestion, supports production of metabolic enzymes, and includes doTERRA’s Tummy Taming Blend of peppermint, ginger and caraway seed. This is safe to take during pregnancy and while breastfeeding.
THESE OILS ARE FAVORITES IF YOU HAVE WAVES OF MORNING SICKNESS/NAUSEA:
Ginger- This is the No. 1 choice to help alleviate nausea as it blocks the receptor pathways of nausea.
Peppermint- This is the No. 2 choice because of it’s ability to help ease stomach discomfort, and it’s uplifting and energizing effects. Not only can it help ease nausea, but can help increase energy during first trimester tiredness.
Simply rub in hands and inhale, add 2-3 drops in your diffuser, rub directly on the belly diluted in FCO, or drop 1 drop on the tongue for relief.
Extra tip- if you find you have morning sickness, diffuse Grapefruit by your bed in the morning when you wake up!
This is typically when you start to feel your energy coming back and begin to see that belly emerge. It’s such a sweet and exciting time as you begin to feel baby grow and move.
This is a wonderful time to start rubbing oils on the belly as it continues to stretch. Every body is different, and some women are more prone to stretch marks, but using these oils consistently may help reduce the stretch marks and discomforts that may be associated with it, like itchiness or tenderness.
Frankincense- This is wonderful for soothing irritated skin, reducing the appearance of new stretch marks, or helping to reduce the appearance of old ones. It is nourishing to the cells, and helps with proliferation of new cells. Frankincense is particularly helpful for older skins, and has a definite tonic effect, helping to restore some tone.
Myrrh- This helps maintains healthy skin and reputedly prevents premature aging of the skin. It helps soothe and soften rough, cracked, or chapped skin. It stimulates the regeneration of skin cells, reduces inflammation, and improves circulation, imparting a healthy glow to the complexion and helping the skin look smoother and more youthful. Myrrh is also a must have for postpartum healing, and healing of the umbilical cord.
Immortelle Blend- A blend of Frankincense, Sandalwood, Lavender, Myrrh, Helichrysum, and Rose. All of these oils are known for their amazing benefits to the skin, including sooting irritations, regenerating cells, hydration, and toning. Conveniently in a rollerball, you can roll directly on the belly, or mix with FCO for easier massage.
This means you are in the home stretch, and may be feeling the aches and pains of your shift body and growing baby. Some common discomforts are back, muscle and sciatic pain, or swelling of the ankles.
Deep Blue Rub- doTERRA’s amazing (and way better) version of ICY/HOT. Soothing for muscle aches, joint discomfort, and muscle cramps.
Lemongrass- Known for it analgesic, anti-inflammatory and anti-spasmodic and pain relieving effects. It has the ability to increase circulation and can help with the build up of lactic acid that may cause muscle cramps or “charlie horses”.
Combine 1-3 drops of lemongrass into a dime size amount of Deep Blue Rub and massage into achey muscles and joints for amazing relief.
Try this blend, from Stephanie Fritz’ book, or even a few of these oils listed to help reduce ankle swelling.
These oils have the ability to increase circulation, reduce swelling, stimulate the lymphatic system, and helps to detoxify the body.
5 drops Lavender
5 drops Lemon*
5 drops Ginger
10 drops Cypress
10 drops AromaTouch Blend
Combine to a base of 2oz FCO and massage into legs, ankles and feet. or mix into a cup of sea salt for a relaxing bath.
*Note: Lemon is a photosensitive oil, so do not apply or add to the mixture if you will be out in the sun within 12 hours of applying to the body.