Maneuvering Your Pregnancy with Ease Using Essential Oils


Being pregnant can be one of the world’s greatest joys. At the same time, it can also be one of the most trying periods on our bodies and minds. From morning sickness to disruptive sleep patterns, essential oils can be used to ease the mind and body through every stage of your pregnancy.

For optimal effect, use oils that are Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade (CPTG) and discuss with your health care provider before use.

All oils recommended are from doTERRA. dōTERRA essential oils are fully and thoroughly tested using the strict CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® quality protocol.

Oils To Use During Pregnancy:

* Note: For use of all oils during pregnancy, extra dilution is required.

Lavender: To help provide relief for skin irritations, breast tenderness and help minimize anxieties and headaches.

How to use: Can apply topically on breasts, but also can infused to create a calm and soothing environment. You can also apply under the nose and to the bottoms of feet to promote better sleep.

Ginger: Ease the nausea and heartburn that comes with first and second trimester indigestions. You can help improve your appetite and help battle colds. This oil can also alleviate muscle pain.

How to use: Apply this oil directly area of concern as well as ingested via water or honey. You can also inhale one drop from cupped hands.

Lemon:  If you are congested, Lemon oil can help to ease the congestion pain. This oil also helps to minimize discomfort if you experience indigestion, constipation or acid reflux.

How to use: For congestion, rub over the chest or diffuse. This can also be applied over the bridge of the nose to relieve runny nose or, take 2-4 drops together with lavender in a glass of water.

Geranium: Naturally soothing geranium can help soothe the skin, including hemorrhoids and varicose veins. It is also another oil that can help soothe the discomfort of nausea and acne.

How to use: This oil can be applied topically to the area of concern or, diluted with fractionated coconut oil and use as a moisturizer. It can also be used aromatically via a diffuser or, via cupped hands.

Wild Orange: Great to ease anxiety and nausea. It can also help calm the nerves and help diffuse anger as well as digestive issues such as, acid reflux, heartburn and constipation.

How to use: There are many ways to use this oil. To ease anxiety, use a diffuser to infuse the air or apply one drop under the nose or across the forehead. You can also create an infusion by inhaling this oil through cupped hands. This oil can also be taken orally in a glass of water.

Ylang Ylang: Can help ease depression, frustration and reduce blood pressure. It can also be helpful to prevent preeclampsia and insomnia.

How to use: To create emotional balance, use this aromatically via a diffuser. The oil can also be rubbed to the bottoms of feet. For controlling high blood pressure and creating equilibrium, apply to the back of the neck, across the forehead and behind the ears.

Sandalwood: If the lack of deep sleep is bothering you Sandalwood oil will be one you should try.  It can help calm, relax as well as soothe spasms and muscle cramps creating a comfortable environment to promote deep sleep.

How to use:  Inhale or apply a drop under the nose to create the calming effect, which will also help aid sleep. If your muscles are sore, apply to the area of concern.

Blends To Use During Pregnancy:

AromaTouch:  For swollen parts of the body.  This is commonly also referred to as the Massage Blend, a gorgeous combination of Basil, Grapefruit, Cypress, Marjoram, Lavender and Peppermint. Wonderful also for relief of connective tissues and ligament support, muscle tension soreness and cramps.

How to use: Dilute with fractionated coconut oil and massage swollen fingers, hands, arms, feet, ankles, legs.

Balance: A beautiful grounding blend to help with sleepless big belly nights. This relaxing blend includes precious oils of Spruce, Frankincense, Blue Tansy, Blue Chamomile.  Also helps with alleviating feelings of stress and anxiety, providing a tranquil peaceful aroma with therapeutic essential oil benefits.

How to use: Put 3-5 drops in your bedroom diffuser before you sleep.

What Oils to Avoid during Pregnancy:

Despite many oils that can promote relief and comfort, these should not be used during the period while you are pregnant. Using these oils may create contractions.

– Arnica (homeopathic is fine) – Basil – Birch (sweet) – Bitter almond – Boldo leaf – Broom – Buchu – Calamus – Camphor (brown or yellow) – Cassia – Cedarwood/thuja – Chervil – Cinnamon – Clary sage – Clove (bud, leaf or stem) – Coriander – Costus – Deertongue – Elecampane – Fennel – Horseradish – Hyssop – Jaborandi leaf – Juniper berry – Melilotus – Mugwort – Mustard – Nutmeg – Origanum – Parsley (large doses) – Pennyroyal – Pine (dwarf) – Rosemary – Rue – Sassafras – Savin – Savory (summer) – Tansy – Thyme red (large doses) – Tonka – Wintergreen – Wormwood

Special thanks to Carol Tan, certified essential oil expert, doTERRA for contributing to this article.

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