I recently took a class all about essential oils (from a fellow doula!) and I learned a ton! I’ve been fascinated with EOs for a while now, but mostly to use them in place of things like toxic cleaning supplies, medicines, etc. So, naturally, as a birth doula I also got curious about the use of essential oils during pregnancy, labor, and birth.
I’ve done some research on the topic and wanted to share it with you all. Now, I still have a lot more to learn and, as with anything, I am not a doctor and am not prescribing anything with the following advice. If you’re pregnant and interested in EOs, please consult with your healthcare provider before starting or trying anything.
Now that that’s out of the way, here’s what I recommend you do next if you’re interested in learning more about EOs and using them throughout your pregnancy, labor, and birth.
First, check out this podcast all about the benefits and risks of EOs during pregnancy, labor, and birth.
Next, and most importantly, make sure that if you do decide and try EOs, you’re using GOOD ones. There are so many “cheap” versions out there and they’re not quality products. Above all else, you need to ensure that what you’re using is top notch and won’t hurt you or your baby.
I also would recommend the following articles to familiarize yourself with what’s okay to use and what to avoid during the various stages of your pregnancy and beyond:
- Oils to use and avoid in Modern Alternative Pregnancy
- Some EO tips from doTERRA
- EOs for labor and delivery by Natural Living Mamma
- How to make a natural labor birth kit by Wellness Mama
So tell me, have you had any experience with EOs in your pregnancy, labor, and birth? I’d love to hear from you in the comments.