Oils, Labor & Delivery
Updated: Oct 1, 2018
As women, we have the beautiful and unique opportunity to bring life into this world. If you have experienced childbirth then you know there can be a lot of stress, exhaustion, and discomfort that accompanies labor and delivery. Essential oils are a great option to use to help handle the struggles before and after delivery. Also, existing research shows that they may be particularly beneficial during this time in your life.
There are three main stages of labor. The first and most recognized stage begins when you start having contractions that eventually lead to active labor. Every pregnancy is different and oftentimes labor can be a long and arduous process. Several studies have shown that the combination of aromatherapy and massage during active labor can help ease anxious feelings and soothe aches and discomfort associated with contractions. One study in particular even revealed reduced rates of medical intervention.
Another repercussion of active labor is exhaustion. Researchers have found that Peppermint essential oil has the ability to stimulate the central nervous system, offering profound effects on mood. Clinical trials have demonstrated that Peppermint oil improves performance and alertness. Wild Orange also has a powerful influence on mood and several human trials have demonstrated that this essential oil improves both subjective and objective measures of stress. Specifically, study participants showed decreased tension and fewer feelings of apprehension. The combination of these two oils promote an energizing and revitalizing aroma.
In addition to emotional support, essential oils can also help with perineum care. The perineum (area between the vagina and anus), is subjected to extreme pressure during the birthing process. Lavender essential oil has been shown to provide multiple soothing benefits and it has also been studied for its ability to ease postpartum perineal soreness. Research has shown that when applied topically or when added to a warm bath it may help to alleviate discomfort. In addition to being soothing, Lavender oil was also found to help decrease redness and support the recovery process.
Add two drops of Lavender essential oil to a warm bath to help alleviate discomfort.
Essential oil blends such as doTERRA Balance, Citrus Bliss, Elevation, and doTERRA Serenity as well as individual oils such as Peppermint or Lavender can greatly transform the atmosphere of your delivery suite.
Topically apply DigestZen, Wild Orange, Peppermint, or Ginger to ease common stomach upset during labor.
Massage AromaTouch, Geranium, Lavender, Lemon, Ginger, or Cypress on the feet and lower extremities to ease lower leg discomfort and water retention in labor and postpartum.
Perform a perineal massage with a blend of coconut oil, Lavender, Frankincense, and Helichrysum to ease discomfort during and after delivery as well as to aid tissue in accommodating the baby.
Use Deep Blue, Marjoram, Black Pepper, Lemongrass, Ginger, and Lavender with massage to ease lower back discomfort.
When it comes to giving birth, there is no “one size fits all.” Every expectant mother has individual needs making her birthing process a personal and unique experience. Just remember that you are not limited, and you do have an option to make your hospital birthing experience safe, calming, and comfortable.