June 8, 2015
Essential Oils During Pregnancy and Childbirth
I am new to the world of essential oils, but I am already a huge fan and supporter of the benefits in my daily life and my career as a childbirth and postpartum doula. As a childbirth and postpartum doula, I have first hand seen the benefits to pregnant moms during pregnancy, childbirth and during postpartum period. I first learned about the benefits of essential oils and aromatherapy for pregnant moms during my doula training workshops in Coral Springs, FL. I continued to learn more on my own by reading books and attending classes in Coral Springs, where I live and work. I am not an expert by any means, so I always tell pregnant moms and new moms ” Before using essential oils, always consult your practitioner, and research varieties and usage specific to your stage of motherhood and always remember to use Only 100% pure essential oils.” During pregnancy, certain oils should be avoided, so taking a class to learn more during your pregnancy is important for a mom-to-be.
A prenatal massage with essential oils (by a licensed prenatal massage therapist ) during pregnancy is great for relaxation and is a great opportunity to pamper yourself and may also promote a positive mood and comfortable, relaxed muscles and joints. During pregnancy, essential oils can be used to help with nausea and headaches. Aromatherapy and essential oils can also be used during labor too. Aromatherapy can also be used by inhaling essential oils from a tissue, the pillow, an electric diffuser, mists or forehead compresses. During and following labor, inhaling 100% pure essential oils of rose or ylang ylang may inspire strength; grapefruit, sweet orange or peppermint may promote relaxation and focus; and mandarin, lemon or lavender may support a positive mood. There are local classes in Coral Springs and Surrounding areas. I have taken 2 classes for two different essential oils in Coral Springs and learned so much. I highly recommend books on the benefits of essential oils and pregnancy as well as taking a class.
This blog was written by Lisa Raynor, a childbirth and postpartum doula in Coral Springs, FL. She is also a mom of three boys, a wife, and loves to blog about pregnancy, childbirth, postpartum care and breastfeeding. She has been living in South Florida for over 35 years and is active in the birthing community in and around Broward County.