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Aromatherapy During Pregnancy

Aromatherapy During Pregnancy...

The joy of bringing a baby into the world is overwhelmingly a most exciting period in many lives.

It is also a time of changing emotions, body shape and the unknown for first time mothers.
Aromatherapy During Pregnancy

Aromatherapy can be very important during this time.

When considering the use of aromatherapy during pregnancy there a several oils that should be avoided as they could harm both you and your baby.

Ensure that the oils you are using are pure essential oils, as adulterated blends or synthetic oils can have a less predictable effect.

Aromatherapy is safe during pregnancy, although some of the more active oils should be avoided in the first trimester as a precautionary measure, and some oils should only be used if under the supervision of a trained aromatherapist.

If essential oils have not been used on a regular basis prior to pregnancy, cypress, chamomile, marjoram and peppermint should be avoided, unless you have a trained professional in aromatherapy who is looking after you.

Aromatherapy Massage

The simple touch of massage movements can help to relieve many of the stresses and discomfort of pregnancy, back massage in particular is very welcome during labour.

Aromatherapy techniques can be used very safely and beneficially to maintain your general health during pregnancy.

It aids with various discomforts during this time.

Essential oils can greatly assist in balancing your emotions, and some great choices include lavender, geranium, frankincense, rose otto etc.

A qualified aromatherapist can be a great ally during pregnancy and should be consulted with any questions you may have.

Aromatherapy can be used very safely and be extremely beneficial to maintain your general health, and to aid in minimising the discomforts associated with pregnancy as follows...

Morning Sickness
Choose chemical and preservatives free fresh food. Eat small portions often during the day.

Avoid heavy meals late at night and junk food. Ginger tea herbal infusion is a safe and effective remedy.

Peppermint tea is better avoided.

Backache
Lower back pain is common as your pregnancy advances due to the increase in weight of the baby and changing body shape.

A massage with essential oils will bring great relief and help to tone your muscles.

The lower back should be massaged lightly during the first four months, during this time though backache is not always a problem, it is usually after the six month period and then a firm massage is perfectly safe.

Neroli or Mandarin oil at 2% to a base oil say Almond, Apricot or Olive Oil or Stretch Mark Oil can be used which contain these essential oils along with a rich cocktail of base oils that penetrates deep into the skin.

Tender Breasts
As your breasts expand during pregnancy they need extra care and attention.

Use a gentle massage again with stretch mark oil or a base oil with 2% essential oil, Neroli or Mandarin.

If breasts are swollen, make a cool compress out of rosewater and place over the breast while resting.

Breastfeeding
Essential oils can be very helpful in easing some of the discomforts of breastfeeding.

Insufficiency of milk and cracked nipples are two of the main reasons that many mothers abandon breastfeeding.

Engorgement can sometimes be the cause as well.

To promote the flow of milk fennel, caraway, dill and aniseed is widely used mostly in the form of herbal tea infusions, fennel being the most popular choice.

Heartburn
Avoid rich, spicy foods and heavy meals. A peppermint, fennel or chamomile tea infusion can speed up relief.

A gentle massage of your stomach with soothing oil such as lavender, chamomile or marjoram will assist.

A hot compress using one of these oils can be placed over your stomach as often as needed.

Sleep Problems
Your baby kicking and other discomforts in the last few months of pregnancy makes it difficult to get a good night's sleep.

A relaxing bath with stretch mark oil or a total of 6 drops of either neroli essential oil in a bath before bedtime.

The water should not be too hot as this is stimulating rather than relaxing.

An aromatherapy massage with stretch mark oil, the combination of gentle therapeutic touch and relaxing essential oils will work both on your mind and body to reduce the level of stress, and sleep will follow quite naturally.

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