Essential Oils Aid in a Comfortable Pregnancy
Posted by jeff on 4/12/2010
Now just like with anything else during pregnancy, the woman should
always consult her doctor before beginning use. It is not recommended
that she use any essential oils during
the first trimester because in the first twelve weeks the baby is
developing essential organs. There have been no conclusive studies
that show either negative or positive effects on the baby. So to play
it safe, she should not use oils.
Using essential oils during
the second and third trimester are just fine and can help alleviate or
avoid many discomforts. Even though pregnant women feel drained and
tired, they might have a hard time sleeping. Essential oils will
be able to help with this and with things like constipation. The four
most common oils to use are: lavender, mandarin, ylang ylang, and
Lavender oil is so versatile that it can prevent or reduce many
discomforts. Headaches and migraines can be relieved through
lavender. A lot of pregnant women have a hard time sleeping, put a few
drops of lavender on her pillow and watch her fall into slumber.
Lavender can also help with constipation, urine development, back pain,
and relieving a cold.
Mandarin oil has a mild but pleasant citrus sent that would help
lighten up her mood and up a smile on her face. It also has
anti-septic abilities that will help soothe sores caused by
constipation. If she has respiratory problems, mandarin oil can help
relieve her discomfort. Mandarin oil also helps with cramps and
ensures correct liver bile function.
If she needs a little more Zen in her life, ylang ylang is what she
needs. Ylang ylang helps to relax by giving a sense of peace and well
being. Because of this ylang ylang is great with reducing depressive
feelings, anxiety, and nervousness.
The fourth most common oil used is neroli. Neroli helps with
settling the digestion system and regulating bowel movements so it is
great for diarrhea. It can also help with depression, fear, shock, and
stress during pregnancy.
There are several ways to use these oils to alleviate the various
discomforts of pregnancy. She could mix 5 to 6 drops into a bath or
put 2 to 3 drops on her pillow before bed. Much like incense she could
burn the oil using 4 drops oil to 2 teaspoons of carrier oil and burn
it. She could also use a compression dipped in a bowl of water that
had 3 drops of oil mixed in it to relax.
Pregnancy is a beautiful and terrifying experience. The creation of
life within a woman growing and developing is a miracle, but there are
so many potential things that can go wrong. The mother may have fears
of what lies ahead. The fact that her hormone levels change during
pregnancy only adds to her negative responses of these fears. Using essential oils will calm and diminish any discomfort that pregnancy brings.