Essential Oils Recipes To Help Pregnant Women

Being pregnant and having a baby comes with a whole host of challenges: nausea and vomiting, hormonal imbalances, teenage-like acne, food cravings, lack of energy, lack of sleep, depression and a whole lot more which I won’t get into here.

One challenge in particular is our belly skin. As our baby bump turns into a baby mountain, the elasticity of the skin gets pushed to its limits. When this happens, us women run the chance of over-stretching the skin and getting what’s called stretch marks.

It’s a common fear for many women and was for myself during my first two pregnancies. I’m now on my 3rd pregnancy and approaching the 20 week mark and just started using my special essential oil blend that prevented any stretch marks during my first two pregnancies.

I’m going to share the recipe with you below. But before I do a few key things to consider:

1) Stay well hydrated. This is crucial. Our skin depends on water to keep its supple, smooth consistency and elasticity. Try to aim for a least 8-10oz of water a day. The more the better. I know, I know… it can get challenging to drink water the further along you get in your pregnancy but believe me, it’s worth it.

2) Consistency is key with essential oils. This oil blend is an amazing mixture of powerful oils that work together synergistically but you have to be disciplined and apply it every day. If you do you’ll be amazed at how youthful your skin looks post-birth.

3) Share this blend with your pregnant friends. They’ll love you for the information. And if you’re feeling creative or generous you can make them a bottle of this blend as a gift.

The Stretch Mark Elimination Blend

What You Need

  • Fractionated coconut oil (or carrier oil of your choice)
  • 10ml roller bottle (for application)
  • 10 drops cypress essential oil
  • 10 drops lavender essential oil
  • 10 drops wild orange essential oil
  • 2 drops lemon essential oil
  • 2 drops grapefruit essential oil
  • 2 drops mandarin essential oil
  • 2 drops bergamot essential oil
  • 2 drops tangerine essential oil

What You Do

Add the essential oils to your roller bottle and fill the bottle the rest of the way with your carrier oil. Lightly shake to mix. Liberally apply the oil all over your belly and rub in. Do this twice a day. I usually do it after my shower and right before bed.

Another challenge us pregnant women experience is swelling in our legs and feet. It’s all too common, especially carrying extra weight we are not used to having to lug around. Fortunately there are a couple of oils that will help settle down the swelling and offer some relief.

Swollen Legs and Feet Blend

What You Need

  • Fractionated Coconut oil (2 teaspoons)
  • 2 drops ginger oil
  • 2 drops cypress oil
  • 2 drops lavender oil

What You Do

Combine the essential oils with the carrier oil. Get your husband or significant other to massage the blend into your legs and feet. You should feel soothed and see the swelling decrease shortly after.

Now for those of you who are new moms and struggling with your milk supply (this was me in my first pregnancy!), I have something special for you. It’s a salve that I used to help increase my milk supply and encourage let down for my little guy. If you’ve having issues with breastfeeding, and short supply, give this a shot before throwing in the towel. It worked beautifully for me!

Increased Milk Supply Recipe

What You Need

  • 2 tsp beeswax
  • 7 drops of basil essential oil
  • 6 drops of clary sage essential oil
  • 4 drops of geranium essential oil

What You Do

Take your beeswax and melt it over low heat. Let it cool slightly. Add all of your essential oils to the beeswax while it is still soft to make a salve. Gently rub the salve onto your breasts 30 minutes before attempting to breastfeed. If this doesn’t work you can increase the amount of times you apply the salve. It may take a few days to notice a difference; it did for me.

Lastly From One Mom And Mom-To-Be To Another…

I know how difficult it can be while pregnant or a new mom postpartum… it’s downright daunting at times. And we experience a constant bombardment of challenges from day 1. I hope these essential oil recipes will offer some alleviation of the common battles we face. Keep your head up and your essential oils around and I know without a doubt that you can make it. And if it gets to a point that you feel like you can’t cope, throw the following oils into a diffuser, close your eyes and inhale:

  • 2 drops lavender essential oil
  • 2 drops jasmine essential oil
  • 2 drops bergamot essential oil
  • 2 drops grapefruit essential oil
  • 2 drops lemon essential oil

You’re awesome. Stay strong and oil on!

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David

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