Pregnancy, Birth & Beyond – Yoga, Nutrition & Essential Oils

Pregnancy is a time of celebration and love. A time when women can truly feel like she has super powers, but at the same time can feel completely run-down, exhausted and uncomfortable. Pregnancy can be an emotional time for many. Everyone will have a different experience and everyone around you all of a sudden becomes an expert on pregnancy when seeking (or not) advice and help on various subjects. The important thing to remember is that this is YOUR time. YOUR baby. YOUR decision. Well, yours and your partners of course. It’s important to not let the opinions of others sway your beliefs, your plans or make you feel like you are doing anything wrong. If you and the baby are happy and healthy, there should be no reason to sway from your choices.

I really dislike when my I speak to my pregnant clients and they complain of an issue and tell me they “just have to deal with it” because it’s all part of being pregnant. Being uncomfortable is NOT a necessity to pregnancy! I’ve been around the block a few times when it comes to babies ( i have 3). This by no means makes me an expert on the topic, but it does give me a heck of a lot of experience and what I’ve learned from my experience is that this is all about you and your baby and should be a time of love, joy and lots of learning. Period. You do not have to be uncomfortable and irritable. Sure, you most likely will be some days. You are providing life to a new human, it’s exhausting! But it doesn’t have to be ALL the time. This stuff is totally manageable! Pregnancy should be enjoyed!

You will encounter many skeptics, many “experts” (you’ll be surprised at how many people who don’t have children are actually experts on pregnancy and child rearing… note my serious tone here) and  many people who will offer advice whether solicited or not. Don’t stress!! Do your own research and find something that is right for you and your family. From what to use to prevent stretch marks to having a home birth or hospital birth from circumcision to immunizations – These are your decisions and yours alone. Please don’t stress over how other people feel you should raise your child.

In my opinion… A couple important things to take into consideration while pregnant…

Stay active. I always recommend starting Prenatal yoga as early in your pregnancy as possible. This is HUGE. I get asked all the time if it’s too early and I say it’s NEVER too early to start! The earlier you get in the better. On the opposite end of the spectrum, it is never to late to start either. The important thing is that you just get your cute pregnant butt to class. In prenatal yoga you are able to work through tension, let go of stress, learn to relax and in some class (like mine) you even learn how to effectively push during delivery! Prenatal Yoga is a great way to soothe your tired body, calm your racing mind and meet other ladies that are going through same or similar situations as you. Having a community of women to bounce thoughts around is incredibly important. While you and your partner mean the world to each other, your husband or partner is not going to want to hear about all the fun stuff that comes up during pregnancy… trust me, hemorrhoids and constipation are not always fun to chat about with your hubby. Just sayin’

That's me! About 36 weeks along with baby #3.

That’s me! About 36 weeks along with baby #3.

Eat good food. Nutritionally, food is obviously very important while you are pregnant… you are growing a human. It’s important to keep your energy up! Check out my previous post on Prenatal Nutrition HERE.

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Another great way to stay calm and healthy is by using essential oils. Many, many remedies can be found in a bottle of oil. From baby blues (mood swings) to swollen feet, to sore nipples and soothing your perineum postpartum. Essential oils are a wonderful alternative to conventional medicine found in stores or prescribed by your doctor. While Western medicine definitely has a place in society, there are many things that can be rectified using a more natural approach. Did you know that you can clean out your medicine cabinet as well as your entire stock of cleaning supplies and replace them using all natural ingredients like vinegar, water and essential oils!?

NOTE on SAFETY: Not all oils are safe for internal use and not all oils SHOULD be taken internally. Please only use doTERRA’s Certified Pure Essential Oils when taking oils internally. Oils that have been purchased elsewhere can not be guaranteed for potency and that they are free of contaminates. While they may say they are 100% pure, the FDA allows them to state this on labels as long as they have at least 10% actual essential oil in their product. That means that the other 90% of the bottle is filler and whatever else they wanted to put in there.

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Visit my website http://www.mydoterra.com/sheenacunning to make purchases OR if you would like to save money and let’s face it, who doesn’t…. contact me directly to get setup with a wholesale account and save 25% plus off the retail prices listed on my website.

ESSENTIAL OIL SUGGESTIONS:

PREGNANCY

  • Swelling and water retention– Lemon: use a few drops in water internally on a daily basis. “Liquid Sunshine”,  super antioxidant and anti-bacterial properties.
  • Heartburn & morning  sickness– DigestZen and/or Peppermint: a drop under the tongue, rubbed on  abdomen, a few drops in a capsule a couple of times a day, or rubbed on the bottoms  of your feet.
  • Restful Sleep– Lavender & Serenity. Massage a drop onto the soles of your feet and/or diffuse into the air.
  • Low Back & Leg Pain & Pressure– Deep Blue & AromaTouch: These can both be used while getting a massage and to soothe achy calf muscles caused by leg cramps.
  • Pregnancy  Edema (swelling) – Grapefruit, Lemongrass, Cypress: Mix 2-3 drops of each with some fractionated coconut oil and apply topically to ankles and feet a few times a  day.
  • To avoid stretch marks: A  mixture of 2-3 drops of each Helichrysum, Lavender, Frankincense, 1 cup Virgin  Olive Oil, and liquid from 6 capsules of Vitamin E and 4 capsules Vitamin A.  Apply morning and night after the first trimester.

*If you are planning to breast feed avoid peppermint in the 3rd trimester may affect milk production or use with caution.

LABOUR & DELIVERY

  • To induce or speed up labor– Clary Sage: it is a uterine tonic.  Place a drop on ankle reflex points.
  • To calm and focus Mom– Balance:  diffuse or just open the bottle for smelling
  • Energy during labor– Peppermint: topically, in water, or diffused
  • Back Labor-Peppermint  and/or Deep Blue: especially with a posterior baby
  • To avoid or minimize tearing– Helichrysum: use for a couple of weeks before birth as well and for  perineal massage.

POSTPARTUM

  • After birth bleeding–  Clary Sage, White Fir, Helichrysum, and Ylang Ylang: this tones things back up  quickly. Mix 2-3 drops of each and apply topically to ankle reflex points.
  • Pain and inflammation–  Lavender and Frankincense: on frozen feminine pads for soothing, healing, and  inflammation for immediately after the birth
  • Cramping & Abdominal  Pain– Deep Blue: (along with taking internally acetaminophen and ibuprofen for the first 48  hours) rubbed directly on lower abdomen
  • Hemorrhoids– Cypress, Geranium, Clary Sage, Helichrysum: 1-2 drops of each in a spray bottle base of  Fractionated oil. Apply each time you use the  restroom.
  • Nipple Soreness– Helichrysum and Lavender: for  breastfeeding soreness (brings healing and elasticity- cut down soreness to roughly 2  days vs. 10-14 days)
  • Yeast infection (avoid and kill) Melaleuca: Mix  with water and apply with a squirt bottle after urinating. Mix 2 drops of Melaleuca and Lavender with Fractionated  coconut oil for Diaper rash (I will be posting an article on making over your diaper bag using all natural ingredients and essential oils, so make sure you subscribe to receive those updates!).

Have some symptoms or issues that are not included in my list? Contact me at info@sheenacunning.com with questions and / or concerns and I will add them!

Remember, BE  happy!! Pregnancy is a time to celebrate, rejoice and LOVE your changing body. Enjoy it!

Me again! Loving my pregnant body :)

Me again!
Loving my pregnant belly 🙂

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