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Essential Oils for Birth and Delivery

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I am currently 30 weeks pregnant and at this point, time is just flying.  I’ve really had nothing to complain about and sometimes I feel like I should cherish this time more.  And then of course, there are other times where I just want to have this baby.

In my opinion, I feel like it’s been going smoothly because if a problem does arise, I try different things to get my comfort back.  They’ve been very useful.  So if it’s been working during my pregnancy, why can’t I prepare for labor day as well?

If you don’t already know, I try as many natural remedies as possible when something is wrong with my body.  So for this pregnancy I don’t plan on having any pain interventions and am going as natural as possible.  In fact, I’m doing a homebirth with a midwife and am very excited about it!  Now don’t get me wrong, with all the negativity around labor, I am nervous about the pain, but with this medicine cabinet of essential oils, I’m ready for the big day.

You can simply smell these oils, diffuse them, place on bottom of feet to ease stress, anxiety, fear.  Once labor begins, massage the oils on the stomach; and keep the diffuser running!

Essentials Oils For Birth and Delivery

  • Jasmine: Reduces anxiety and calms Mom. For strong contractions. Helps expel placenta. May speed up uterine contractions.
  • Myrrh: Use on umbilical cord to promote healing
  • Clary sage: For strong contractions. Kicks labor into gear.
  • Lavender: For comfort and peace.
  • PanAway: For muscle pain and back labor.
  • Valor: For strength and proper presentation.
  • Peppermint: Soothes nausea.  Reduces pain and discomfort even with back labor. Boosts energy.  Helps Mom pee after birth.
  • Gentle Baby: Soothes tender skin.  Calms Mom, baby, and Dad. May keep baby in birth canal.
  • Frankincense: For comfort and peace.  1 drop on baby’s crown for protection.  Promotes bonding.
  • Helichrysum: Use with Gentle Baby on lower back to prevent hemorrhaging.

Right now, I’ve been focusing on setting up my surroundings that I want for the big day.  It’s important to stay calm and relaxed.  Smell is the strongest sense too!  One smell can bring back so many memories. So when I take a bath, I’ll use my Lavender Castille Soap for the smell (and bubbles of course), and then come birthing time, will diffuse the lavender to get comfortable.  I’ll be use to it already so it’ll be easier for me to get into that state of mind.

Of course, you don’t need all of these on hand.  Pick and choose which ones you think you may need or that are important to you.  For instance, if your baby isn’t in the proper position and you’re worried about that, pick up some Valor to help the positioning, or PanAway to help with back labor.

Most of these oils you can get directly on Amazon, but some of the oils I mentioned above are blends and are specific to a company called Young Living.  Based on my research I liked that they own their own farms and carefully monitor every step of oil production. Plants and their oils are delicate in nature, and I trust Young Living’s gentle process to ensure that nature’s “living energy” is in every bottle. Their essential oils are 100% therapeutic grade, effective and safe.

If you have any questions about getting started with any of these oils, shoot me an email (katiefloreshealth@gmail.com) and I’d be happy to help!

Surviving The Warmer Weather While Pregnant

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When I originally thought of writing this post, we were here in the lower 80′s.  I’m starting to wonder if I jinxed it because as I write this now we are in the 30′s!  What gives Mother Nature?

Like I said, last week was gorgeous out.  And of course, I was trying to hold out as long as possible without turning the air conditioning on.  Not sure why I do this, maybe it’s because I’m from the Midwest.  We don’t turn our air on until June.  Even my uncle practiced this when he moved to Arizona.  I lived there, and let me say, there’s no way you’re going to June 1st without the air!  He learned fast.

Anyway, I digress.  It WAS warm and I had tried out a few things that made the warmer weather more comfortable.  And it’ll be good to know because I’ll be ready to pop in June.  Hope these help you as much as they did me that very short week of warmer weather.

Tips for Surviving Warm Weather While Pregnant

  • Carry a spray bottle full of cold water for heat emergencies (like that scorchking walk from Target to your car).
  • Wear lightweight, breathable T-shirts.
  • Keep an ice pack handy.  It’s especially good for when aches and pains hit, or during pregnancy hot flashes.
  • Camp out by a source of water whenever possible.
  • Buy a fabulous maternity swimsuit and show of your belly.
  • Stay hydrated.  Check out some flavored water recipes or cool down with a nutritious smoothie.
  • Keep your house stock with food so you can avoid making trips to the store during the heat-of-the day.
  • Use a highlighter to turn your sweat perspiration into shimmer.
  • Get a pair of flip-flops.  They’re easy to put on and if you’re feet are swollen, they’ll fit easily.