According to morning sickness statistics, about 75 percent of all pregnant women experience morning sickness throughout the beginning of her pregnancy (the first 12 weeks). Morning sickness includes feelings of nausea, headaches, and sometimes vomiting that typically peak around the 9th week. Although there is not a definitive cause of morning sickness; researchers believe these symptoms occur when the baby’s organ development is most vulnerable to chemicals and is also around the same time that the baby’s organs are developing (8-10 weeks). Essential oils have proven to help expecting mothers get through the first few weeks of pregnancy with decreased symptoms of morning sickness. However, it must be pointed out that we don’t recommend ANY essential oils during pregnancy unless they are 100% PURE Therapeutic Grade Oils, therefore we use DoTERRA products at our office.
The top 3 essential oils suggested for morning sickness include: Peppermint, Lemon, and Lavender.
Peppermint oil is beneficial for headaches during pregnancy along with nausea, indigestion and heartburn. Peppermint should not be used while breastfeeding because it can decrease milk supply.
Lemon also helps to fight of nausea along with other citrus smells. Lemon can also be used to decrease swelling and water retention during pregnancy.
Lavender is an essential oil beneficial for calming a mother and helping with insomnia. However, this oil should be used only occasionally in your first trimester, as it may stimulate contractions. Lavender is also helpful in decreasing swelling and stretch marks and yeast infections during pregnancy.
Essential Oils are most safely used when diffused or mixed with coconut oil when applying topically. Let us know if you need any help or more information about using essential oils. https://doterra.com/US/en/using-essential-oils