Pregnancy can be exciting and scary at the same time. Pregnancy also comes with some pretty common discomforts. Your pregnancy doesn’t have to be a dreadful experience, full of morning sickness, body aches, or lack of sleep. I also know when you get pregnant, most options go out the window and you can feel a bit helpless.
“A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child.” – Unknown
Before you had a living, growing being inside you, you may not have been so concerned about what you were putting in and on your body. Now that you are pregnant, you may have a heightened sense of awareness that makes you question everything and whether it is safe for your unborn baby.
As mothers, we all want the very best for our kids. That means we want high-quality products that are safe and effective.
Let me talk about Young Living’s quality standards for those of you who don’t know about them.
Young Living has a seed to seal guarantee and promise. The company abides by very strict guidelines to fulfill this promise to us.
– YL owns its own farms, which no other major company does. It has partner farms that have to abide by the same standards.
– YL won’t plant on soil that has had been in contact with ANY chemicals within 50 years. (Organic standards are only five years)
– YL picks the absolute best seeds from strong thriving plants.
– YL hand weeds and uses its own oils on plants for pest control to avoid harmful chemicals.
– YL harvests at peak times.
– YL distills on site without chemicals.
– YL tests every batch multiple times throughout the process with state of the art equipment.
All of these factors make a huge difference in quality and effectiveness. If a batch doesn’t meet YL standards for any reason, it doesn’t get bottled up to distribute. YL would rather have something go out of stock than let an inferior product slip through to us. It’s rare to find a company with such high standards.
Usage and Safety
– Please dilute your oils.
– Do not put them in your eyes or ears.
– Follow directions on labels.
There are three ways to use Essential Oils
The solid-colored labels have aromatic and topical directions on them. The labels that are white are from the vitality line and have dietary instructions on the label.
Oils to avoid during Pregnancy*: Basil, Birch, Calamus, Cassia, Cinnamon bark, Hyssop, Idaho tansy, Lavindin (this is different than Lavender), Rosemary, Sage, Tarragon, and Wintergreen
For Babies*: Eucalyptus, Basil, Juniper, Peppermint, Hyssop, and Wintergreen.
For toddlers and young children 2-5: Please dilute and start slow! Be particularly careful of “hot” oils such as Clove, Oregano, and Thieves. Hot oils cause a warm tingly sensation to the skin. Applying without dilution can cause redness and irritation to the skin, which can be uncomfortable.
*Please use your own judgment when deciding which essential oils to use.
During pregnancy, whether it’s your first, second, 5th or 8th, we experience a lot of different emotions: fear, anxiety, worry, love, joy, and so many others.
Breathing in essential oils is an effective and safe way to help change unwanted emotions, either turning negative emotions into positive, uplifting ones or enhancing positive emotions!
The other HUGE benefit to diffusing is that you can also throw out all those air fresheners and candles you have hanging around the house that are filled with harmful chemicals.
Besides diffusing your oils to aid with your mood, you can also consider making a perfume. This could be either a spray or a roll-on and the best part is you can take it with you and use it on the go, unlike your diffuser
HOW TO MAKE PERFUME WITH OILS
Mix the following ingredients together in a glass spray bottle.
*Most vodkas are 80 proof. If you cannot find 100 proof and use 80 proof, you will need to shake your perfume before each use.
Here are some oils that may help you overcome or enhance certain emotions.
– Fear – Valor, Bergamot, Geranium, Present Time
– Occasional Stress – Lavender, Stress Away, Frankincense, Peace & Calming, Bergamot.
– Occasional Anxiety – Lavender, Lemon, Copaiba, Orange
– Occasional sadness – Joy, Orange
– Worry – Bergamot
– Love – Oola Family
TIP: During pregnancy, your sense of smell may be different than before. Take off the cap to a few oils and smell them before you put them in the diffuser or create a perfume. Diffuse one that you love smelling in order to uplift your spirits.
When you’re pregnant, you’re eating for two. Go for quality, not quantity.
Did you know that if you’re a healthy weight, you don’t need any additional calories in the first trimester? In your second trimester, you only need 340 extra calories a day. By your third trimester, you need 450 extra calories a day.
During pregnancy, your body is pulling vitamins and minerals from you to give to your baby. That’s why it is important that you replenish the vitamins and minerals in your body with healthy food and supplements. Whole food supplements (nothing synthetic) are a great way to help your body and therefore your baby gets the nutrients you both need.
Here are some nutritional supplements that Young Living has to offer:
NingXia Red (NR)
NingXia Red helps maintain healthy blood glucose levels, provides extra nutrients your body needs and helps keep energy levels up! Did you know morning sickness can often happen because of irregular blood sugar levels? Don’t skip your NingXia!
Life 9 probiotic
This high-potency probiotic combines 17 billion live cultures from 9 beneficial bacteria strains to promote healthy digestion, support gut health, and help maintain normal intestinal function.
A healthy gut helps keep our immune systems strong, allows us to absorb the proper nutrients, and keeps things flowing regularly when we have that little one growing and pushing everything around.
Young Living also has its dietary line of oils called The Vitality Line. Ingesting a drop or two of both Thieves vitality and Lemon vitality with NingXia Red, with your favorite tea, or with just plain water can help support your immune system throughout pregnancy. This can be especially helpful if you struggle with your daily water intake. Adding a drop of Lemon or Peppermint Vitality into your water to give it a little flavor may be the extra incentive you need to get the quantity of water you need.
Daily supplements: Take whatever supplements your doctor, midwife, or chiropractor suggest to support your immune system and keep you energized and healthy. This is likely to include a prenatal vitamin, vitamin D, and natural folate, like the Orgen-FA® found in Young Living’s Super B! Making sure you’re getting enough calcium and magnesium can also be very helpful.
*Please feel empowered to make your own health choices.
**If you plan to breastfeed and are nervous about milk production, discontinue regular use of Peppermint a month or two before your due date. Some people are sensitive to mint and have reported decreased milk production when using it regularly while nursing.
I hope this blog post helps you on your maternity and oily journey !
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