Managing Pregnancy Discomforts Naturally

You make the life-changing and ever important decision to become a mother. From that day onwards the health and wellbeing of your future child is a top priority. This is when we start looking at our diets, supplementing with prenatal vitamins and trying to minimise our exposure to toxins. 
For those of us fortunate enough pregnancy happens and then we begin to experience some of the unpleasant discomforts that can accompany it.
Now what? You don't want to take something synthetic that may have detrimental effects on your baby's health and wellbeing but you need to do something because you just can't go on with this heartburn.
Constipation.
Backache.
Nausea... 
Essential oils and other natural remedies can be extremely useful to manage some of these discomforts. So today I am going to give you a few remedies. Please always speak with your midwife or doctor first though before using anything, regardless of it being natural. 
Let's talk safety first.
When using essential oils topically when pregnant, the general recommendation is to use around a 1% dilution. If you find your blend doesn't have an effect you may add a few more drops of essential oil. 
For a list of oils to avoid please look under Safety on my website.
Here are a few common pregnancy discomforts and some essential oil blends that may be of use. 
Nausea
Oils of particular use: ginger, lemon, peppermint, spearmint
The use of peppermint during pregnancy is often debated. Some say to avoid, others say that it poses no risk when used as recommended. Spearmint is a gentler oil and may be used instead.
I suggest making a personal inhaler. You can carry it with you wherever you go to use as soon as you start to feel queasy.
INHALER
Blank inhaler
4 drops ginger
4 drops lemon
4 drops spearmint
Heartburn
This was my killer. Old wives tales say having bad heartburn meant your baby would be born with a lot of hair. Each pregnancy I would pray for a bald baby!
Blend for Heartburn
30 ml carrier oil
2 drops lemon 
2 drops mandarin
2 drops wild orange
This is a 1% dilution. If it is not effective you may add a few more drops.
I also found drinking a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in a little bit of water worked wonders. It burns a little as it is going down but brings fast relief.
Backache
Oh the backache. With my twin pregnancy the backache started very early. I would be at work and have to get on all fours on the floor and do stretches. That must have been an interesting sight!
Backache blend
30 ml carrier oil
3 drops vetiver
2 drops lavender
2 drops roman chamomile
This is a 1% dilution. If it is not effective you may add a few more drops.
The discomforts of pregnancy are fortunately not for long. The discomforts of parenthood are forever though :-)
Keep an eye out for my online pregnancy class where you can learn many more tips like these. 
If you are wanting pure essential oils, please send me a message.
Best of luck Mama.
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