Disclaimer: I personally use essential oils to help support my body during pregnancy. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration or Health Canada. I’m sharing my personal experience with the oils. As always, please consult with your healthcare team when incorporating new products into your healthcare routine.
I’m getting asked all the time which essential oils I used during my pregnancy so I thought I’d do a round-up of oils that I used throughout the trimesters and during labour & birth. You can read about the essential oils I used during my first trimester here, second trimester here, and third trimester here.
Here are some of the blends I pre-made to prep for labour and after birth of the twins. For each of these blends, I cleaned empty 15 mL or 10 mL bottles by soaking them in water & lemon essential oil to remove the labels.
I put this blend together to encourage my body to prep for labour. And while I wasn’t able to encourage my body to go into early labour when I was induced my contractions were quite easy to manage on the first day.
Recipe: 10 drops of Clary Sage, Ginger, Lavender, Lemon and AromaTouch dōTERRA essential oils. Top 15 mL bottle with fractionated coconut oil.
Back Labour Support
I whipped this up at our Nanaimo Doula’s suggestion for back labour pain. On the first day of induction I experience one contraction that was a 10 out of 10 on the pain scale with incredible back pain. I had Mike rub it on my back to help ease the pain.
I made a batch of this up in case we were able to have a successful vaginal delivery. After delivering the babes both vaginally and undergoing a forcep delivery and an episiotomy I was so glad that I made this and brought this with me to the hospital. I used it up in one week and have already made 2 more batches.
I also picked up spray bottle toppers on Amazon so I could easily spray it on my perineum.
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Recipe: 20 drops each of Geranium, Frankincense, Sandalwood and Lavender dōTERRA Essential Oils. Top with fractionated coconut oil. I would add Roman Chamomile too but I was out of that oil at the time of making the first bottle.
I worried about having enough milk come in to feed the twins. I’m glad I made this up because due to all my birth complications my body has struggled and is struggling to bring in a full milk supply. I’m using this daily and sometimes several times of day (when I remember) and rubbing this on my breasts after breast feeding.
Recipe: 20 drops each of Clary Sage, Basil, Fennel and Geranium dōTERRA Essential Oils. Top with fractionated coconut oil.
What Oils Did I Bring In My Hospital Bag?
I also brought my Frankincense & Neroli roller bottles and Copaiba. I rolled Frankincense and Neroli on my wrists and palms to inhale as I was wheeled into the OR to birth the babes. I used Frankincense on Alora’s scalp to help heal the small mark from the scalp electrode heart rate monitor and I used Copaiba post birth to help manage pain.
If you use any of these recipes let me know! If you used any other essential oils for labour and birth let me know!