Although pregnancy can be one of the most wonderful times of a woman's life, many women are surprised to find how stressful it can be. There are fluctuations in their hormone levels, fatigue, brain drain and also the worry of how everything will impact the developing baby.
Researchers publishing in the journal Evidence Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine point out that if the stress of pregnancy is not addressed, it can have negative effects ranging from length of gestation, fetal growth, birth weight, fetal development and the general programming of the baby's nervous system.
Essential Oils are helpful in supporting the mental and emotional aspects of pregnancy. The inhalation of certain essential oils has been associated with the release of brain chemicals that stimulate various emotions. For example, lavender essential oil has the ability to evoke and increase the release of serotonin producing a calming effect on the body. Chemical reproductions are not effective as they do not evoke the same biochemical response as 100% pure therapy grade botanical extracts. Click here for more information.
There are many discomforts during pregnancy that essential oils can assist with and it is really important to choose a science based essential oil company that makes their sourcing and purity available to you as a consumer.
This is why I choose doTerra.
How Essential Oils Help
Morning Sickness and Nausea - It's not just for mornings. It can happen anytime and anywhere. Knowing how to be prepared is key so you are able to attend to the discomfort right away. Essential oils with strong digestive properties such as Peppermint Spearmint, and Ginger can be used aromatically or topically.
Heart Burn - During pregnancy, the hormone progesterone is produced to relax the uterus. This also relaxes the valve between the esophagus and the stomach which causes heartburn. Petitgrain, Spearmint, Roman Chamomile, and Ginger have digestive and anti-inflammatory properties that will work well when applied topically with a carrier oil and a warm compress over the stomach.
Headaches - Due to the increase in both blood levels and hormones many women experience headaches. Useful essential oils are Lavender, Frankincense, Peppermint, and Roman Chamomile.
Acne - Elevated hormones can cause acne during pregnancy. Essential oils known for their antibacterial properties can help such as Sandalwood, Roman Chamomile, and Lavender
Insomnia - Feelings of stress can often lead to anxiety and sleep issues. To reduce stress and promote sleep Roman Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile), and Lavender (Lavandula anguvstifolia), and Frankincense (Boswellia carter) can be used aromatically.
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- Stretch Marks
- Varicose Veins
- Feeling Stressed
- Sore and Swollen Breasts
- Morning Sickness and Nausea
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How to Use Essential Oils When You Are Pregnant
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