Essential Oils for Expectant Moms and New Babies

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If you are looking for some natural remedies to help you through pregnancy and life with your newborn, essential oils can be a great resource for you. I wish I would have had these when I was having my babies!

For most women the use of essential oils during and after pregnancy is safe and appropriate. However, it is important that you always consult your doctor before beginning the use of any essential oils during pregnancy and the postpartum period. You should inform your doctor even if essential oil use has been a regular part of your life that you plan to continue during these times. Also, keep in mind that it is not uncommon for a woman's sensitivity to essential oils to change while she is pregnant. You should keep an eye out for this and adjust your usage as necessary. 

Common Concerns & Essential Oil Suggestions*

Since I'm no longer in this phase of life, I've researched the topic for friends, family, and my readers. Below are few tips that I've found.

  • Morning Sickness:  Try diffusing Ginger, Grapefruit, or Peppermint next to your bed, the scent may help reduce nausea. You can also try DigestZen Digestive Blend to help with morning sickness. Experiment with diffusion, abdominal massage, or internal use to see what works best for you. Again, remember to check with your doctor especially before internal use.
  • Better Sleep:  Try Serenity Restful Blend, Lavender, or Cedarwood. Apply the oils to your body and then relax in a warm bath. Or, apply a drop of oil to a tissue and place it in your pillow case.
  • Stressful Feelings & Emotional Balancing :  Balance Grounding Blend and Cheer Uplifting Blend or any of the oils in the Emotional Aromatherapy kit would be great to use daily and as often as needed to feel grounded and positive.
  • More Momma's Milk:  Massage breasts, lymph area above breasts, and upper back along the spine with 5-7 drops of Fennel, Basil, Clary Sage, or Geranium in 1 tablespoon of carrier oil. Wash before nursing.
  • Less Momma's Milk:  Mix 3-4 drops Peppermint with cold water, soak a washcloth and apply it as a compress to breasts. Wash before nursing.
  • Umbilical Cord:  Myrrh is known for its cleansing effects and for promoting healthy skin. Apply a drop to the umbilical cord area daily after birth.

Additional Resources

There are many, many, more recommendations from experienced moms, midwives, and nurses. I love this book: Essential Oils for Pregnancy, Birth, & Babies by Stephanie Fritz LM, CPM. And take a few minutes to watch doTERRA's "Pregnancy & Essential Oils" presentation.

Have you found essential oils useful during pregnancy and with your newborn? Share your experiences in a comment.

*THESE STATEMENTS HAVE NOT BEEN EVALUATED BY THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION. THESE PRODUCTS ARE NOT INTENDED TO DIAGNOSE, TREAT, CURE, OR PREVENT ANY DISEASE.