As there is only a little time left in my pregnancy, I’ve washed and folded baby clothes and blankets, installed the infant car seat in my car, made plans for our children to be taken care of during the birth and prepared my “hospital” bag. This time is very different because I will be at the Charleston Birth Center versus a hospital like the last two times I gave birth. I decided that I wanted to have our third baby at a birth center because I wanted my birth plan respected, and I wanted someone to actually hear and care about my ideas of what should happen. When I was at the hospital I was told I should only sit in the hospital bed and had an IV stuck in my arm, making it really hard to move around and naturally progress my labor. I am excited that this time I will be in a birthing room with free range to walk around, rock on an exercise ball or labor and deliver in a birthing tub.
Along with this birth, I have researched more about essential oils than before. With Harper, I brought a pre-made essential oils mixture of a “birth blend” that I honestly didn’t even use because my labor was only about three hours long. This go-around, I am excited I will be surrounded by educated midwives that use essential oils and will diffuse and/or apply them during my labor and delivery. I wanted to share with y’all the ones that they have talked to me about and I have researched that are great to have during labor.
- Jasmine – this essential oil is great to have on hand because it can be used as a hormone balancer, pain-reliever, sedative, and antidepressant
- Geranium – this essential oil is great to have during pregnancy. It is analgesic, anti-inflammatory and mood uplifting.
- Frankensinse – the holy grail of essential oils, this magical oil helps with everything! During labor it can help you stay calm, relieve pain, and help with shortness of breath.
- Clary Sage – this essential oil helps stimulate estrogen, balance hormones, and encourages labor.
- Bergmont – I diffuse this daily in our home because it’s calming and uplifting. It’s also great for labor because it is antispasmodic and antibacterial.
- Lavender – this essential oil is great for everyone to keep around but especially laboring mothers because it relieves anxiety, stress and irritability. It’s also great to use for antibacterial reasons.
- Nutmeg – this oil has surprising properties. I’ve only used it for fall and winter diffusing until I researched more about its medicinal properties. It strengthens uterine contractions and is a strong analgesic.
- Ylang ylang – I use this oil a lot and especially during pregnancy. During labor it can be helpful because it affects the pituitary gland, aderenals and sex glands. It releases endorphins so it eases fear, anxiety and stress and it helps lower blood pressure.
I would love to answer any questions you have about this blog and essential oils. If you’re new to essential oils please read my blog about why I decided to use Young Living and how I suggest starting. If you want more information please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.