AROMATHERAPY DURING LABOR

Aromatherapy during labor is very helpful. The experience of labor is different for every woman, as I have found out through treating lots of women through their pregnancies and on after their baby has been born. What they do agree on, however, is the importance of being able to relax.

Using aromatherapy massage during labor helps you to relax and cope with the contractions, and it can also reduce the tension and fear you will naturally feel because of its calming effect on your nervous system. You may find that early on in labor you like the feeling of quiet firm pressure but as your contractions become more intense gentle strokes may be all you can bear. It’s up to you.


TUMMY MASSAGE

This is helpful in the earlier stages of labor, and the movements are soothing when the contractions feel like period pains. Use three drops of chamomile or lavender oil in 4 fl oz (100 ml) of light carrier oil.

1. Using relaxed hands, make a figure of eight movement across the tummy and under the ‘bump’. This movement should be fairly light, especially if the tummy is tender.

2. Gently stroke around the bump, using your fingertips in a circular motion.

Repeat these movements as necessary.

BACK SOOTHER

Again use three drops of chamomile or lavender oil in 4 fl oz (100 ml) of carrier oil.

1. With the heel of your hand apply pressure to the small of the back. Gently move your hand in an anti-clockwise circular movement while keeping firm contact with the skin.

2. Place one hand on the top of the other in the small of the back and allow heat to build up under your hands.

These movements are helpful for contractions felt in the lower back.

If you are feeling too sensitive to be massaged or even touched on your body, try the following aromatherapy relaxers.

FACE SOOTHER

Add a few drops of lavender or rose oil to some chilled rose water. Dip a small face sponge into this mixture, and then smooth it over your forehead, down your face and neck, gently and rhythmically. The flowery aroma is very comforting, and helps to take your mind away from the labor pains.

SCENTED WATER SOOTHER

Kneeling in a deep, warm bath can be soothing in the earlier stages of labor, and the addition of relaxing aromatherapy oils intensifies this experience. Choose from following:

- Chamomile

- Lavender

- Ylang- Ylang

- Geranium

By rhythmically pouring warm, scented water down your back, can help take your mind off the labor pains.

HAND SOOTHER

Aromatherapy during labor is very relaxing. When the contractions become difficult, this simple touch is very reassuring and helps to create a feeling of safety.

1. Ask the helper person to rub a little lavender oil (in carrier oil) into the solar plexus area on your hand.

2. Now ask to gently stroke and soothe your hand, keeping a reassuring contact with you. Concentrate on relaxing.


ONE FOR YOUR PARTNER

If he or she is becoming weary, inhaling the following can help.

Inhale neat:

- Rosemary

- Petigrain

- Neroli

- Lavender

- Peppermint

Aromatherapy during labor is mainly for relaxation. I would recommend that you must try the aromatherapy blends given above for their powerful revitalizing effects.

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