How I’m using Essential Oils in Pregnancy

Happy Monday! How was your weekend?

We had a nice, relaxing weekend and even got some baby stuff done.  (Somehow, we’re nearly halfway!!)

I took a bunch of clothes to a mom’s group swap, but seriously lucked out.  There were very few expecting moms- most were dropping off baby gear, so we came home with a Medala double breast pump (mine was single and not great), snap and go stroller (just used the BOB for L), pack and play (gave ours away) and a brand new swing (had borrowed one from a friend for L).  Plus some maternity clothes and a few infant outfits (opposite seasons, as L was born in January).  So yeah, crazy.  All for free.  I think we’re set now!

Earlier, I mentioned that I’ve been learning a lot about essential oils and experimenting with them for our family.  Since may of you said you’re curious, here’s a little more about how we’ve been using them.

Essential oils for pregnancy

I should clarify that I am fairly new to essential oils. I tend to be a fairly “crunchy” mama (cloth diapers, natural birth) so these were a natural fit for me.  I wish I’d had them when L was a baby!

I started with a Family Physician kit which gave me a set of ten essential oils, plus a wholesale membership (great prices for future purchases!) and a 6 week internship, completed at your own pace.  I’ve been so impressed with the information provided in these videos- it gave me a lot of confidence in how and why to use them.

It’s also important to note that the quality of oils is really important.  There are many oils on the market made with synthetic ingredients, but this particular company uses only pure, certified oils (all directly from plants).  They are so potent that you generally only need one drop per use.

Essential Oils for Pregnancy

My favorite essential oil so far is peppermint.  It has so many uses- it’s great for reducing fevers, chest congestion or calming headaches or coughs.  It can ease digestive complaints.  And, my favorite use, it’s great for mental alertness and as a natural way to energize and wake up.  I use it when L is at preschool and I’m trying to focus and be productive.  One drop should be diluted and can be applied to the neck, forehead or bottoms of the feet.

Lavender is a great oil to help you calm down, relax and fall asleep.  It can be applied directly to the bottom of the feet. After a night of rocky sleep, I use it to help me fall asleep quickly. (I wish I had this when L was a baby- I had such a hard time sleeping in between her feedings!)

LavenderMy only unpleasant pregnancy symptom is the appearance of spider and varicose veins.  They appeared with L and disappeared after delivery, and they’re back again on the same leg. Lemon essential oil is great for the spider veins, so I’ve been diluting one or two drops in an unscented lotion and using that most evenings.

OnGuard is a powerful antioxidant, great for boosting the immune system and fighting colds and sickness naturally (it’s a combo of oils including wild orange, clove, cinnamon, eucalyptus and rosemary).  I avoid medicine when I’m pregnant and love having this alternative.  It also makes a great all natural sanitizer for countertops or other surfaces.

Digestzen is another blend (ginger, peppermint, fennel, plus a few others) that is designed for all sorts of digestive issues, including heart burn, nausea, constipation, etc.  It’s applied to the bottom of the feet or directly on the stomach.  I used this through my first trimester for nausea but haven’t needed it since.

There are several others that I haven’t tried yet, including a blend called Immortelle for stretch marks (didn’t have any with L, we’ll see how this pregnancy goes!), a cream called Deep Blue for back pain or muscle discomfort, and Cypress to help with circulation, swelling and fluid retention.

In labor, I plan to use peppermint and lavender to help keep me strong and calm.

For babies and kids

Many of the same oils can be used on newborns and children.  This is getting long enough, so I’ll write a separate post about the oils I’ve been using on L and what I plan to use on the newborn.

If you’re interested in many more details on oils for pregnancy and newborns, check out this youtube.  It’s long, but full of great information.

Also, I’m happy to chat more about what I’m learning… feel free to email me for more specific questions.  I can also connect you to the group that enrolled me (I think they’re the only ones that offer the additional free internship, and they’ve been really supportive and helpful!)

Have you come across essential oils or used them before? I’ve found that many people who love them have an amazing success story that got them hooked!

What, if any, unpleasant symptoms did you deal with in pregnancy?

40 thoughts on “How I’m using Essential Oils in Pregnancy

  1. This is a great post. I need to go check some of these oils out! I hate using medicine during pregnancy but have had to use some for an infection early on and I HATED it!
    Right now probably bloatedness and constipation are #1. That and a still funky appetitite at 15 weeks. Never want fish which I love… Is there an oil for that?
    Sorry for TMI but that’s what happens during pregnancy, right?!
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  2. I have been VERY interested in trying oils – was it hard to learn how to use them? they are new to me…but I’m also on the ‘crunchy’ side and WANT to use them! I had a killer headache but didn’t give in for tylenol and my friend said PEPPERMINT oil…but I didn’t have any.

  3. Hi laura!
    I started using essential oils a year ago, and i love them! I am pregos too, due may 29. I have been told by multiple people to try basil (a few drops rubbed underneath each breast) during labor. It helps bring in/create milk supply. I’ll let you know how it goes. I also use ongaurd on my daughter during colds. Couple drops on each foot and she kicks it in a few days. (Healthy baby = happy momma!)
    Have great monday!

  4. Oh! Also forgot to tell you. I swear by melaluca and lavander for diaper rash. I tried all creams and ointments for my daughter and nothing worked! Tried the oils morning and night and could see a difference in a day. (They used oils back in the day so they’ve gotta work some!)

  5. I have only dabbled in essential oils, but I have found that lavender is really helpful when I’m stressed out. I’m making a mental note to check out the lemon essential oil the next time I’m pregnant. Thanks for this useful information!

  6. I had a really easy pregnancy and birth (although I did end up with an epidural) and I was working full time career woman so I didn’t get to focus too much on having a “crunchier” pregnancy like I would have liked to do. I’m looking forward to reading about how your birth goes and using these type of methods! I did use a Medela double breast pump and pumped at work for a year! It’s a great one and it worked very well for me. One of the best baby investments I made. Unlike the crib that was never used, haha 😉 Cheers!
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  7. I am a huge believe in essential oils ever since Annette Perkins introduced me them at Blend retreat last year–remember my unreal migraine I had all weekend? The peppermint was so soothing. I did not use them when I was pregnant, but I used lavender oil on my babies after their bathes–I still use it on them–they love. Nice information Laura!

  8. I love that you’re one of those “crunchy” people. I have had some decent success with Eucalyptus oil on my sinus congestion. Just rub a drop under my nose and I can breathe clearly again for a little while.
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  9. This is so interesting to me, and something I really need to look into more. I used to apply lavender oil to my wrists when I was younger to help me sleep. I totally forgot about that!

  10. Yay I am glad you decided to sign up with doTERRA! It’s the BEST. I use oils on Baby Lily too, and she loves them! (On her feet, so it doesn’t get near her eyes or face/nose). There is a blend you can make called ‘calm baby’ I believe, and so my mother in law made it for us and put it in a roller bottle & we put it on her feet before bed when we massage her legs. She loves it!

    The skincare line is the best too!!!

  11. I am not preggo, and never have been, but I use essential oils to deepen my yoga practice. I have also been using them more in baths, at night and when I have headaches. I’ve been trying different companies because you are So right – some have a lot of fillers. Thanks for the great info!
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  12. Love this post! I can’t believe you are almost half-way already!

    I wish I used more essential oils during my pregnancy. We just started using lavender oil with Mirella to help her go to sleep, since she has a colicky period at night. It seemed to work pretty well, so I’m definitely going to use it on a regular basis.
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  13. I LOVE essential oils! Especially peppermint. It has really changed my running life (I just did a blog post on peppermint as well). I used to have a lot of nausea when I ran, now I apply peppermint to my upper abdomen and I have had ZERO. It is also great for muscle recovery. I wish I had known about it when I was pregnant as I had terrible nausea for almost 4 months.
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