When I found out I was pregnant last November, just one month after my Premium Starter Kit arrived, I had no idea just how much of a difference it would make between this last pregnancy and my previous two. Everyone who knows me knows that I have notoriously uncomfortable pregnancies and I'm not afraid to complain about it! However, this time was so incredibly different, I'm amazed.
A few of the most notable differences: I wasn't sick/nauseous/pukey for as long, I slept better, had more energy, and wasn't nearly as cranky. The only thing I did differently: drank Ningxia Red, and used Young Living essential oils.
Disclaimer: I tend to lean to the conservative side of oil usage during pregnancy. As you research and learn, you will find many differing opinions on the safety of various methods. Since I was new to oils when I found out I was pregnant, my experience is not nearly as extensive as others, and I encourage you to do your own research and discover what you're most comfortable with. The following information is my personal experience and testimony of using Young Living products and Essential Oils during my pregnancy and postpartum recovery. There's a lot that informs my decision to use Young Living, but the main thing that sold me is their Seed to Seal process (www.seed2seal.com). I am so impressed with the standards of this company, and I don't use any other brand of essential oils, nor do I recommend them. I also used many reference guides to inform my use of oils during pregnancy, and I encourage you to do your own research to feel confident in your use of essential oils. One more side note: my sense of smell is very limited, so everything I've written here is not dependent on being able to smell the oils.
So, without further ado, here are the oils and products I used during pregnancy and postpartum:
Ningxia Red: I cannot possibly say enough about using Ningxia Red during my pregnancy. Every morning, from about 10-11 weeks on, I put 1-2 oz of Ningxia Red in a glass of sparkling water or San Pellegrino sparkling lemonade, and my morning sickness was not nearly as much of an issue as it had been previously. I also experienced more sustained and consistent energy, my sugar cravings lessened, and I slept better at night with not as much of a need for afternoon naps. The antioxidants in Ningxia Red are off the charts, and it's full of vitamins, minerals, fiber, and more. It's seriously incredible for total body support, and I never, ever want to be without it.
Deep Relief: This roll-on was the best thing ever, directly post-partum. The uterine cramps while nursing were so intense with this third baby, I wanted to cry. Luckily, I had packed my Deep Relief, and I applied it to my abdomen before nursing every time. I noticed an immediate difference in the level of discomfort! I also used it on my lower back and hips after delivery, and found that I was forgetting to use normal pain relief methods. Seriously, this Roll-on is the best.
Claraderm Spray: The other Young Living product that I will always recommend from now on to expecting mothers is Claraderm Spray. It's a little on the pricey side so I shied away from using it at first, but I'm so glad I decided to give it a try. It contains the following essential oils prediluted in a base of coconut oil: Myrrh, Tea Tree, Lavender, Frankincense, Roman Chamomile, and Helichrysum. All of these oils are amazing for skin support, and Claraderm Spray helped tremendously in supporting postpartum healing, as well as being helpful for stretch marks. I have also read that it can be used in the last few weeks of pregnancy for perineal support in preparation for labor and delivery. I keep it in my bathroom and use it at least once a day, or as needed. It's gentle and soothing, and I love the comfort of knowing and being able to pronounce every single ingredient in it.
Lavender: If you've been around the Myrrhmaids long enough, you've heard us refer to Lavender as "the swiss army knife of oils", and it's true. It's calming and relaxing, supports healthy skin, and can be used many different ways. For pregnancy in particular, it can be used to help calm uterine contractions. Whenever I had an excessive amount of Braxton Hicks contractions, and a glass of water and lying down wasn't working to calm them, I applied Lavender (diluted) on my belly, and almost always noticed an immediate difference in frequency and intensity.
Gentle Babies: This blend contains rosewood, geranium, palmarosa, lavender, roman chamomile, ylang ylang, lemon, jasmine, bergamot, and rose. It was designed specifically for mothers and newborns, and every oil in it is super supportive to the skin. It's calming and soothing, and can be helpful for skin elasticity and stretch marks. It can also be used in a diaper balm when diluted properly (1 drop EO to 1 TBSP carrier oil). I know many women have applied this to their bellies all through pregnancy and swear by it's help in preventing stretch marks. I personally did not have it soon enough for that (it was out of stock until a few months from my due date), but I diffused it in our recovery room at the hospital, and everyone who came in loved the scent! I have used it as a diaper balm for my son with great success, and it definitely is calming for all of my kiddos when I use it in the diffuser.
Peppermint: I am in love with Peppermint. It's one of my very favorite oils in general, and it didn't let me down during pregnancy in particular! I sniffed it straight from the bottle when I started feeling the nausea coming on, and almost every time, just inhaling it was enough to keep the morning sickness at bay. It was also amazing in the mornings for a little jump start in energy and mental clarity. I usually diffuse it with Lemon or Citrus Fresh in the mornings, and if I needed a little extra boost, I would put a drop on my tongue and press it to the roof of my mouth for a few seconds. So great for focus! It an also be helpful to relieve neck and shoulder tension, the occasional headaches, as well as other aches and pains throughout pregnancy. After delivery, be aware in using peppermint, as for some women it may decrease milk supply. It's different for everyone, and I have personally had no issues with it. I do still mostly use it in the diffuser while I am still nursing, just to be on the safe side since I have had supply issues in the past.
Citrus Oils: I love my citrus oils, and diffuse them all the time in combos or by themselves. They are uplifting and refreshing, as well as immune jsupporting. This is also the only family of oils that I felt comfortable occasionally taking internally while pregnant, and I used them to liven up the massive amounts of water I drank while pregnant, especially toward the end. Lemon was also very helpful for soothing nausea and settling my stomach.
Fennel: Postpartum, this has been so, so helpful in maintaining a good milk supply! I dilute a drop or two and apply it from my armpit down to the middle of my rib cage on each side. There has been a noticeable increase each time I have done this, so I usually save it to help boost supply when my son is having a growth spurt or I am noticing a dip in production. Having had supply issues before, I am so thankful I have tools to maintain healthy milk production or boost it if necessary!
Peace & Calming: All three of my kiddos love this blend, and so do I. It contains Tangerine, Orange, Ylang Ylang, Patchouli, and Blue Tansy. I diffuse it frequently during the "witching hour", and it's a lifesaver. I also made a pre diluted roller bottle with it and I roll it on my kids' feet before bed. They sleep sounder than ever and less fitfully, which means I do too..
Valor: This blend is one that we never ever want to run out of at our house. It contains Spruce, rosewood, blue tansy, and frankincense. I found it particularly helpful for skeletal support during pregnancy, used in conjunction with peppermint. I diluted a drop with a carrier oil and applied it on my hips and lower back, then layered diluted peppermint over the top of it. This was a lifesaver, especially toward third trimester as I carried more and more weight around.
There are so many more oils and products that can be used during pregnancy, but these are the ones I used regularly. As I mentioned before, do your own research as well and discover what works best for you! There are a lot of books out there that are full of information and guidance. As always, essential oils are a potent substance, and make sure you are using them mindfully. For pregnant women, a higher dilution ratio of essential oil to carrier oil is strongly suggested, and I personally used a general guideline of 1-2 drops EO to 1 tbsp carrier oil.
As I said before, I'm so very thankful for these amazing products and how well they supported me during this past pregnancy. I hope this has been helpful and informative for you, and thanks for reading!