In our last post we talked about the basics of essential oils. I love them and hope that you were inspired to dig a bit deeper, maybe learn more about them, and possibly even include these little liquids in your life.
I'm glad to now discuss some practical uses of essential oils in pregnancy.
Keep in mind that there are so many great oils to choose from. I'm a minimalist at heart, so my list is short and you can definitely stay within a budget while including these suggested essential oils.
Let's start by remembering that essential oils are plant based liquids and are inherently safe when used properly. That said, excessive and improper use of oils can have adverse effects on our already hard working bodies and growing babies. The same goes for using essential oils that are reconstructed and contain yucky pesticides and filler substances.
Prior to Pregnancy
I can't say enough about detoxing your environment for pregnancy. Studies show that “exposure to chemicals in household products might be harmful to babies before birth.” Further, “prenatal exposure to common household products, particularly cleaners, was associated with persistent wheezing (in babies) after birth" (1).
By making sure that your home is free of synthetic chemicals, you are safe guarding your growing baby's future health.
One way to do this is by switching out standard cleaning products, which are almost always toxic, with non-toxic options.
Essential oils are just as effective at cleaning the air and surfaces as conventional products, so we don't have to worry about sacrificing cleanliness.
Pregnancy is known for being accompanied by specific discomforts. However, by simply adjusting our diet and supplementing you may not have to struggle so badly.
Essential oils can help relieve or lessen some of your body's not-so-fun responses to growing a human.
As a review, here is a list of my recommended essential oils to use before and during pregnancy. Make sure to research for yourself the safety and proper usage of these specific essential oils before use.
I am grateful for these plant based liquids that help to keep our bodies and environments healthy before and during pregnancy!