My second pregnancy as compared to my first was night and day and I attribute so much of that to knowing more about how to take care of my body naturally. That said, I am not a doctor (shocking!) so check with your's and do what feels right to you. You are the gatekeeper of your body, baby and home.
Here's a rundown of all of the ways I was able to support my mind + body through pregnancy. All the things I WISH I knew the first go around!
Many essential oils are completely safe to use while pregnant and can provide so much relief for a variety of pregnancy symptoms.
Check out this article from Dr. Lindsey Elmore on a short LIST OF OILS TO AVOID.
Gentle Babies by Debra Raybern is a great source for pregnancy and new moms.
Source and quality are SO important. Young Living oils are the ONLY oils I trust for use any time on my body or my child’s.
Dilution: make sure to dilute with a carrier oil according to your oil’s label when applying to skin
***Avoid peppermint directly on the belly during the third trimester as it can cause the baby to turn. Avoid peppermint while breastfeeding, some believe it depletes supply.
Nausea + Morning Sickness
Here are some of my favorite tips for feeling your best and managing that morning (or should we call it all day?) sickness. I was able to keep it at bay my second pregnancy -- it was awful the first time and I felt utterly unable to manage it without a overconsumption of sugary ginger ale. Hint: ya don't need or want that.
Note: Vitality oils are the ones with the “white labels” and are FDA compliant for ingestion. These are specific to Young Living. Most oils on the market are not made for ingestion.
Hearts on Fire
Is your heart burning? Yeah, been there. Middle of the night is the worst.
Nutrients by Trimester
From my friend Colleen, Certified Holistic Health Coach and founder of Happy Hearts Health:
"Nothing can replace a nutrient dense, high quality, whole food diet.
We know: maternal nutrition plays a critical role in fetal growth and development as well as health longevity of the child. Therefore: the goal of nutrition during pregnancy should be to ensure positive long term health + wellness beginning in utero, beginning with you."
There are key nutrients you need by trimester:
1st Tri: Folate
2nd Tri: DHA
3rd Tri: Calcium + Vitamin D
And while you should try to get these from clean, natural food sources (or sunshine!! hey Vitamin D), we can't eat perfectly everyday which is where supplements come into play.
Here are a few of my favorites.
Crazy high in antioxidants, great for energy, and a rush of nutrients for you and your growing baby.
Women who drink Ningxia daily during pregnancy have noted remarkable placental health + increased milk supply. Go google "Ningxia Placenta".
80% of our immune system is housed in our GUT.
Pregnancy hormones and certain food and beverages can throw off the balance of good gut bacteria. One Life-9 after dinner every night keeps digestion moving, aids in relieving constipation, and maintains beneficial gut flora for you and baby.
All-natural, extra immune boost! I like to take this one when I've been around a bunch of people or feel something coming on. I also traveled on an airplane twice while pregnant this year, so loaded up on this the week before and after.
And of course, make sure you're taking a high quality prenatal! This was recommended to me by my fertility doctor.
You can grab BINTO here.
Controlling the Controllables.
You cannot control it all, BUT you can reduce your daily toxic burden through choices in diet, personal care, cleaning products and more.
Here are a TWO simple ways to do this!
ONE // Reduce Toxins
Pregnancy is the best time to begin (or continue) a healthy lifestyle, free from toxins, fragrance and chemicals that can cross the placenta to your baby.
Here are a few of my favorite low tox products:
TWO // Get the "dirty F word" out of your home aka FRAGRANCE
Did you know scientists in IVF labs are not permitted to wear fragrance during embryo transfer?
Fragrance is the most unassuming thing lurking in nearly every product in your home.
It’s a hormone disruptor that can effect reproductive development in the womb and contain known carcinogens. US laws allow manufacturers to use this term as a catchall for hundreds of unlisted chemicals in your products.
Get it out of your house.
I have zero stretch marks thanks to this stretch mark soothing belly oil that you can make at home with super clean, safe ingredients for you and baby.
Stretch Mark Soother
1/2c. Fractionated coconut oil mixed with:
15 drops Frankincense
15 drops Lavender
Apply to belly every night before bed throughout your pregnancy (and in the morning as you get closer to due day).
So many natural ways to support your sleep during pregnancy, which can be hard to come by due to both physical discomfort and all the emotions.
Lavender, Peace + Calming, Frankincense, Stress Away
Back To Sleep Foot Balm
Back To Sleep Roller
Legs won’t calm down at night?
Download the Expectful Meditation App! So good for any stage of pregnancy, doctors appointments and more.
Frankincense is a must-have for the anxious feelings and stress that pregnancy can sometimes bring about.
No joke, I had a stranger yell to me on the street in my first pregnancy (sans natural wellness support), "Girl, you better put those feet up!". I lost my ankles, couldn't wear my wedding ring and it was incredibly uncomfortable.
My second pregnancy (aka my oily pregnancy), I'm still able to wear my normal shoes, see my ankles and wear my wedding rings at 36 weeks and counting!
Water Retention Circulation Massage
LABOR PAINS ROLLER
Whip up a roller to use when labor starts with Clary Sage + Lavender + Geranium.
***Clary Sage should ONLY be used while in labor, never during pregnancy.
Prep for Baby: Seedlings
The Seedlings baby care line gives me so much peace of mind as a mom. Pack these clean, baby care essentials in your hospital bag and stock up for your newborn at home.
My favorites are the Baby Wash + Shampoo, Baby Oil, Lotion, Diaper Rash Cream and Seedlings Calm!
Questions? Just shoot me a message. I am an open book.
Wishing you a beautiful, safe and healthy pregnancy, mama!