AROMATHERAPY DURING PREGNANCY

Aromatherapy during pregnancy has gentle, healing action which is particularly very helpful, when it is not advisable to take medication except under the watchful eye of your doctor.

Here you will see how aromatherapy oils can help to lessen the different problems during pregnancy, such as nausea (morning sickness), swollen hands and feet, general aches and pains and fatigue. Aromatherapy during pregnancy also help you to relax, and look after your body as it slowly goes through changes. Please be sensible, though. If there is anything you are unsure of regarding your health, do check with your doctor first.

IN THE BEGINNIING (FIRST TO THIRD MONTH)

The first three months of pregnancy is the most taxing period for your body. During these early stages ‘blooming’ may be the last thing you feel. Rest is very important, so allow time to relax and wind down before going off to bed. You could also try burning one of the relaxing base note oils in your bedroom, to help you sleep.

You may feel nauseous, particularly between the eighth and tenth weeks, when one of the pregnancy hormones is at its peak.

Your skin and hair can take a bashing early on in pregnancy when a sudden increase in your hormone levels activates the sebaceous glands, increasing the oiliness of your skin and hairs. Luckily this usually corrects itself during the next few months, but you should be extra scrupulous right now and, if necessary, reassess your skin type. Aromatherapy during pregnancy helps to relieve these conditions very effectively.

Fatigue –

Try to relax prior to going to bed. Aromatherapy during pregnancy causes soothing effect. Either try a relaxing aromatherapy bath or burn one of the following blend of oil in the room you are in before going off to bed, then take the burner or vaporizer into your bedroom.

- Chamomile and Lavender

- Sandalwood

- Neroli and Ylang-Ylang


THE MIDDLE MONTHS (FOURTH TO SIXTH MONTH)

Nausea, tiredness and irritability should all have lifted by now, and you will probably feel you can take on the world. This is a good time to start making your body more flexible and to learn relaxation and breathing techniques. Aromatherapy during pregnancy using essential oils is of great help to achieve relaxation, so don’t overlook them.

Start to look after your skin (both of your face and body) religiously now. It may seem a chore, but it will pay dividends later. Your weight might have increased quiet noticeably already, putting extra strain on your pelvis, back and legs. Varicose veins and spider veins often first appear during pregnancy, so try to take as many preventive measures as possible now. Regular moderate exercise, tight leg support and the aromatherapy treatment I have suggested will help curb the problem.Aromatherapy during pregnancy helps to regain, maintain and sustain good health and good looks.

Constipation can sometimes be a problem in the early stages of pregnancy, but avoid the use of laxatives. Instead, try to eat high-fiber and raw foods and drink, plenty of water, or try the aromatherapy during pregnancy. You can try following remedy.

MORNING SICKNESS or NAUSEA –

If you are feeling nauseous, but not actually vomiting, mix up a blend of two drops each of fennel, lavender, sandalwood oils with 4 fl oz (100 ml) of carrier oil. Massage it into your abdomen at regular intervals during the day, and try a little dabbed under your nose so you can inhale it. Inhaling peppermint oil can also relieve morning sickness, but I wouldn’t advise you to massage with it during pregnancy.

VOMITING –

If you are vomiting, mix up a blend of two drops each of lemon, fennel and rose oil with 4 fl oz (100 ml) of carrier oil. Gently massage it into your upper and lower abdomen, and also inhale it – if you can bear it.

CONSTIPATION –

Try to relieve your constipation naturally by increasing your liquid intake and watching your diet (eat more unrefined food). A helpful aromatherapy mixture is three drops of black pepper and three drops of fennel oil in 4 fl oz (100 ml) of carrier oil. Gently massage it along your lower abdomen, starting just inside your right hipbone, work up, then across past your navel and back down towards your left hip bone. Be gentle and repeat several times daily.

TIRED LEGS or VARICOSE VEINS –

Add three drops of lemon and three drops of lavender oil to 4 fl oz (100 ml) of light carrier oil, such as grape seed oil. Massage daily (twice a day, if time allows) from the ankle firmly up to the knee, then firmly up to the top of the thigh. Repeat these movements until the oil is absorbed. After the treatment try to spend at least half an hour with both feet raised above the hip level.

Note – Try to avoid very hot baths as they can weaken the capillaries and cause little broken veins under your skin, particularly on your thighs. You are extra vulnerable to these during pregnancy.

THE FINAL MONTHS (SEVEN TO NINE MONTHS)

By now you will be carrying an extra 15 pounds (6.75 kilograms) or more in weight. You will probably tire quickly and may even sometimes feel dizzy. Sleep can become a problem as it is difficult to find a comfortable position in bed.

Try lying on your side with a cushion under your uppermost leg, knees slightly bent. The cushion acts as a support and will lessen the strain on your lower back.

Towards the end of pregnancy a lot of women find their hands and feet swell up, especially during hot weather. Counteract this by drinking plenty of water (to aid kidney function) and trying the appropriate aromatherapy treatment. Aromatherapy during pregnancy has powerful revitalizing effect on the body and the mind.

DIFFICULTY SLEEPING –

Ask your partner to gently massage your lower back, shoulders and neck with an aromatherapy blend made from three drops of vetivert and three drops of lavender oil in 4 fl oz (100 ml) of carrier oil. This is a sedative, being calming and relaxing, and it has certainly helped me through some sleepless nights. You can also try drinking chamomile tea before going to bed, and put a little of the above blend on your pillow.

FLUID RETENTION –

Mix two drops of eucalyptus oil, two drops of geranium oil and two drops of lavender oil with 4 fl oz (100 ml) of light carrier oil. Rub it gently into your lower legs and hands. Massage with firm upward strokes – on your legs from ankle to knee, on your arms from hand to elbow. You can also try using the blend in a cool bath.

SORE NIPPLES –

Your breasts will have grown larger throughout pregnancy, and you may have noticed your nipples have darkened and become softer. From the middle months onwards drops of colostrum (the baby’s first food if you breast feed) are secreted from your nipples and sometimes they can become sore and cracked.

The following aromatherapy treatment is healing and soothing, and can be continued while you breast feed. Add six drops of marigold oil (often known as calendula) to 4 fl oz (100 ml) of carrier oil (wheat germ oil is good). Apply two or three times a day. You can add the marigold oil to a fragrance free cream, if you prefer.


HELP FOR STRETCH MARKS DURING PREGNANCY

Stretch marks are actually little tears in the tissue beneath the skin surface, and they show up first as red or purplish marks which fade to a silvery white scar. They are caused by the skin stretching as your weight increases, and you are more prone to them during pregnancy when your weight gain is rapid. Some skins have a better capacity to stretch than others, so pregnancy doesn’t necessarily mean you will get stretch marks. Although I don’t believe that by applying oils and lotions you can prevent stretch marks as the damage occurs quiet deep in the skin. Aromatherapy during pregnancy can help to keep your skin elastic and supple. Also, by using aromatherapy oils, you can minimize the scarring and speed up the skin’s healing process.

AROMATHERAPY STRETCH MARK OIL

Add three drops of frankincense and three drops of tangerine oil to carrier blend of 2 fl oz (50 ml) of avocado oil and 2 fl oz (50 ml) of wheat germ oil. Frankincense has a rejuvenating effect on your skin and tangerine oil is rich in vitamin C and helps to maintain your skin’s elasticity.

I recommend you start using this aromatherapy during pregnancy from the beginning of your conception, paying special attention to your breasts, tummy, hips and thighs. Massage it gently into all those areas at least once a day. A good time to do this is at night, after your bath, when your skin is soft.

You may also like to try the following breast massage, as your breasts will increase in size during pregnancy and are therefore prone to stretch marks and tissue damage.

Breast massage –

Apply the stretch mark oil to your breasts.

1. Gently work around each breast in a circular movement with your whole hand. Repeat five or six times.

2. Now, place the heel of each hand on either side of one breast and gently stroke in towards the nipple. Repeat five to six times.

3. Next, move your hands to the top and underside of the breast and again stroke in to the nipple. Repeat five or six times.

4. Gently stretch each nipple with your fingertips.

5. Repeat step 1.

The techniques of aromatherapy, of massaging these oils into the body, have successfully been used for generations. Aromatherapy during pregnancy maintains natural good looks, beautiful skin, hair and body.

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