I want to start by saying that every woman is going to experience each phase of pregnancy in their own unique way. The tips and issues I address are the generalities we go by, but they are not the rule. It is so easy to think something is wrong with me if I'm not experiencing things the same way as everyone else...but let me tell you, this is an incredibly unique and individualized process. And that should be celebrated!
That being said, for most women the 2nd trimester is often the 'easiest' phase of pregnancy. If you can say any part of pregnancy is easy! Most women start to find relief from the early issues, morning sickness and fatigue being the biggies.
But your body continues to change and essential oils are an excellent resource to use in supporting these changes!
Stretching Skin: Ah, yes, the dreaded marks that forever mark you as a mom! One of the best ways to address this is to take preventative measures. To start, focus on nutrition! Omega Fatty Acids are a great for keeping the skin healthy and elastic, keep it healthy from the inside out. Topically, you can apply Lavender, Myrrh, Anti-Aging Blend, and/or Frankincense with fractionated coconut oil as a carrier oil. Massage into your skin 1 to 2 times daily.
Bizarre Dreams: Often times women will start to have bizarre or unpleasant dreams during their pregnancies. Applying Lavender and the Grounding Blend on the bottoms of your feet before bed can help support a peaceful nights sleep. Of course, I can't guarantee dreams of lollipops and rainbows, but it should help with distressed dreams!
Feeling Swollen: Pregnancy can bring on a new level of swelling. The best thing for this is to drink plenty of water! I know it's not ideal since you're already going to the bathroom way more often with the growing baby sitting on your bladder, but water is so important. Add a drop or 2 of Lemon essential oil to your water (always in a glass bottle), for additional support. To help support circulation of excess fluid you can use the Massage Blend, Lavender, and Lemon and massage into your skin with a carrier oil. It's a nice way to encourage your significant other to give you a foot massage!
Soothing Back Muscles: The additional weight that you are carrying around is not simple task, your body is going to feel it, your back taking on most of the burden. Use the Soothing Blend, Massage Blend or Lavender to massage into any areas of discomfort for a natural relief.
Varicose Veins: Lemon, coriander, cypress, geranium, marjoram, or helichrysum can all be used directly on the are of issue. If you want to apply as a gentle massage use a fractionated coconut oil, but be sure to be gentle as these areas can be very uncomfortable!
Leg Cramps:This can often be an issue of mineral deficiency, so a few approaches seem to work well for women. Starting from the inside out with the Bone Nutrient Complex will give you a blend of vitamins and minerals to support prevention of leg cramps. Also, a shallow bath or foot bath with Epsom Salts and Lavender, followed by applying the Massage Blend to your legs in the evening before bed.
If you want know the only essential oil brand I'll use, especially during pregnancy, contact me and I'd be happy to share! P.s...congrats on the pregnancy! *These recommendations are only for high quality EO. I always urge the 'less is more' theory when it comes to essential oil use, but even more with pregnancy. 1 drop goes a long ways! And diluting with a carrier oil is a major plus.
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For further information on health and essential oils during pregnancy, I recommend the book Essential Oils for Pregnancy, Birth & Babies by Stephanie Fritz, LM, CPM.
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*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
**Pregnant or lactating women should consult a physician prior to the use of dietary supplements and cosmetics. Also, consult a physician prior to giving supplements to, or applying cosmetics on infants.