Thursday, April 18, 2013

Essential Oils and Pregnancy



Oils, blends & products recommended:

Oils & Blends Summary: 
      Note: see Cautions below about using oils during pregnancy.
Back Pain:  AromaTouchC, Deep BlueC, LavenderC, MarjoramC
Breast, tender:  GeraniumC, LavenderC, Roman ChamomileC, SolaceC
Calming:  BalanceC, LavenderC, FrankincenseC, SerenityC, Ylang YlangC
Constipation:  DigestZenC, GingerC, PeppermintC
Edema (swelling): AromaTouchC, CypressC, GingerC, LavenderC, LemonC
Fatigue: Citrus BlissC, CorianderC, ElevationC, GrapefruitC, LavenderC
Heartburn or Indigestion: Citrus BlissC, DigestZenC, GingerC, PeppermintC
Hemorrhoids: CypressC, GeraniumC, HelichrysumC, LavenderC
Leg (muscle) cramps: AromaTouchC, CypressC, GeraniumC, LavenderC
Miscarriage:  Clary SageC, FrankincenseC, GeraniumC, LavenderC, Roman ChamomileC
Morning Sickness:  DigestZenC, GingerC, PeppermintC
Nutrition:  Bone Nutrient Lifetime ComplexC, Life Long VitalityC, PB AssistC
Stretch marks:  dōTERRA Anti-Aging Moisturizer, FrankincenseC, GeraniumC, HelichrysumC, ImmortelleC, LavenderC
Varicose veins: CypressC, GeraniumC, LavenderC

Essential oils based products: Anti-Aging Moisturizer, Bone Nutrient Lifetime ComplexC, Life Long VitalityC, PB AssistC
Note: to understand the E and C superscript go to Home and scroll to New Helps.
Suggested protocols:
Back Pain
With the added weight of the pregnancy and a new and changing “center of gravity” your back will experience extra strain so it is important to take good care of it.  Consider:
·  Use normal good posture techniques.
·  Straight spine and shoulders back when sitting or standing.
·  Give up the high heels
·  Some recommend sleeping on the left side and roll to the side when getting up from a sleeping position.
Periodic massage with essential oils will help a lot.  Use those oils that would normally relax your muscles and sooth your emotions.  To relax muscles consider Lavender or Marjoram and for you emotions Frankincense, Lavender, or Ylang Ylang.  Many find the blends even more helpful, AromaTouch, Deep Blue to relax muscles and Balance, Elevation, Serenity or your own favorites.

Bleeding during pregnancy can be serious and seeking professional medical counsel is advised.  The first trimester of pregnancy is when most miscarriages happen and bleeding usually precedes them.  On the other hand about fifty percent of those experiencing early bleeding go on to have successful births. 

Breast, tender
During the months of pregnancy changes occur in the breasts to prepare them for nursing. These changes can be accompanied with tenderness or soreness. Topical application of Geranium, Lavender and/or Roman Chamomile either singly or in a blend with FCO can help relieve that tenderness. Solace is a blend that includes all of these oils and can be considered. 

The responsibility and associated stress of pregnancy that some might feel sometimes needs the help of the aromatic properties of essential oils.  The traditional oils and blends can provide that with diffusing, cup and inhale or a few drops in a warm bath. Consider any of the calming oils such as Balance, Lavender, Frankincense, Serenity or Ylang Ylang.

Constipation, for some, accompanies pregnancy.  This highlights the importance of a good diet that in our day and time must include dietary supplements.  As referenced elsewhere the doTERRA Life Long Vitality trio is an ideal set of dietary supplements.  Beyond this lots of fiber should be in everyday meals along with lots of raw fruits and vegetables.  Also see Nutrition below.
For those episodes where relief is needed from constipation consider the oils Ginger and Peppermint or the DigestZen blend.  1-3 drops may be applied topically to the abdomen in gentle circular motions or they can be taken internally by mixing 1-3 drops with water or a warm tea and teaspoon of honey or with 1 to 3 drops in a capsule.

Edema (Swelling)
Edema (Oedema if you are British) is swelling in any part of the body.  During pregnancy, especially in the third trimester, some swelling is not unusual.  This is typically in the feet and legs but can be in the hands or face as well.  The cause of the swelling is the normal increase in bodily fluids required by the body to sustain mom and baby.  Although some swelling is not out of the ordinary it is complicated by the fact that edema is also one of the early symptom of pre-eclampsia (toxemia) that can be a very serious condition. (See Toxemia below.)
To reduce normal swelling consider local massage, especially on the feet and legs.  Valerie Worwood recommends using a blend of 3 drops Ginger, 2 drops Cypress, 2 drops Lavender added to 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil.  Stephanie Fritz adds to this blend AromaTouch and Lemon. The local massage should always start with the feet (or hands) and movements should always be towards the heart. 

The additional energy required to nourish and carry the extra little one or ones along with the normal responsibilities of life can deplete your energy levels more rapidly than normal. Essential oils and blends can provide a quick pickup of energy if needed, relaxation to reset your energy levels reset or long term help can come from nutritional supplements.
Citrus Bliss or Elevation blends or a home made blend of equal parts Coriander, Grapefruit and Lavender can be diffused, inhaled using cup and inhale or added to FCO and used to massage neck and shoulders. Mito2Max is a supplement for quick energy and is recommended to be used with Professional Medical advice during pregnancy. Also see Nutrition below for long term energy levels.

Heartburn and Indigestion
An unfortunate companion to pregnancy for some are various digestive ailments. 1 - 2 drops of Citrus Bliss, DigestZen, Ginger or Peppermint (different oils/blends work better for some than others, also note the cautions below) can be applied topically to the abdomen or taken internally in a capule.

Unfortunately pressure from constipation can result in the uncomfortable condition of hemorrhoids.  Hemorrhoids have as a root cause the same elements as varicose veins with the additional blood produced by the body and downward pressure of the baby putting additional pressure on the veins than then might be weakened by the strain from constipation. 
A blend of equal parts Geranium, Cypress and Lavender or others have used a blend of Cypress and Helichrysum very successfully.  Topical application, with a carrier oil or a salve like KG jelly, to the affected area 2 or 3 times a day will be helpful.

Leg (muscle) cramps
Some experience muscle cramps as their bodies adjust to the physical changes that come from pregnancy. This can be exacerbated by nutritional deficiencies (see Nutrition below). Topical application of AromaTouch blend can provide relief. Also a blend of 5 drops each of Cypress and Geranium with 10 drops of Lavender in 1 ounce of FCO has been used successfully.

If for some sad reason a miscarriage occurs care for Mom becomes even more important emotionally and physically. Stephanie Fritz recommends a blend of Clary Sage, Geranium and Lavender for both emotional and physical needs. Valerie Ann Worwood suggests a blend of 9 drops each Frankincense and Roman Chamomile and 5 drops Geranium.

Morning sickness
Even in a normal pregnancy morning sickness may be one of the unwanted side effects.  This nausea normally occurs during the first trimester but on occasion can extend into the second and even the third (sorry).  If morning sickness is experienced it is because of the hormonal changes occurring in the body which usually levels off as the pregnancy progresses.  There are a few steps that can be taken that help many in reducing the uncomfortable nausea.
·  Get sufficient rest
·  Get plenty of water (and a drop of Lemon essential oil with each glass of water will help)
·  Small, multiple meals (more protein at night, avoid fatty foods)
·  Have good nutritional supplements (the dōTERRA LifeLongVitality trio is a perfect supplement)
When nausea is eminent or occurs use essential oils; Ginger, Peppermint, and the blend DigestZen are all known for quieting an upset stomach.  Either topically rub the oils, with a carrier, on your tummy, or take them internally (1 - 3 drops) in a capsule or sipped with water or juice.

The foundation for a healthy pregnancy is the Mom's nutritional quality and balance. There are many sources that describe in detail what these good choice might be in terms of good proteins and vegetables to ingest, what sugars and grains to avoid and how to balance them. Most advise to have plenty of water (3 - 4 quarts) each day and to include a drop of Lemon with each glass of water. Beyond this the dōTERRA Life Long Vitality supplements along with the dōTERRA Bone Nutrient Lifetime Complexare excellent ways to assure the daily nutritional levels are met. If antibiotics are use following with the PB Assist probiotics is an excellent idea.

Stretch Marks
Most women are susceptible to stretch marks as a result of pregnancy, but with proper use of essential oils there is no need for these reminders.  Stretch marks come in the obvious places where excess fat resides or from the natural enlargement from the baby.  Start early, even before the reddish-purple streaks appear, moisturizing and healing the skin with an essential oil ointment. 
DōTERRA makes a (anti-aging) moisturizing skin lotion with Lavender, Jasmine, Geranium, and Frankincense essential oils that is prepared and ready to go as well as Immortelle (Frankincense, Helichrysum, Lavender, Myrrh, Rose, Sandalwood) an incredible blend for the skin.  Or, like many, mix your own cream with the blend that suits you perfectly.  An important part of this cream will be the base or carrier oil you use.  Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO) is excellent.  Oils for skin care include Lavender, Frankincense, Helichrysum, and Geranium.

Pre-eclampsia occurs in the latter half of pregnancy and includes high blood pressure (headaches, dizziness, nausea), protein in the urine, and edema (swelling in the feet and legs).  Cases may be mild or severe.  Serious cases pose dangers for mother and baby so if more than mild symptoms occur professional medical help should be consulted.
Some have reported help using essential oils and you will find their experiences by clicking on the Procedures tab on this page. 

Varicose Veins
During pregnancy the weight of baby coupled with the additional blood produced by the body puts pressure on veins and arteries in lower abdomen.  This can cause varicose veins in the legs where the veins become swollen and itchy.  Although not dangerous to the mom or baby that can cause discomfort and be unsightly and unhealthy longer term. 
Here are some ways to help:
·  Not over exerting, especially in lifting, would be a good precautionary measure. 
·  Rest periodically with the legs higher than the heart is another help. 
·  Couple with a massage using an essential oils blend of 3 parts Geranium, 1 part Cypress mixed with a carrier oils like VCO and topically applied twice a day. Lavender may also be added to the blend. The massage strokes should not apply a great deal of pressure directly on the veins and should be gentle strokes from the ankles to the thigh with the motions always towards the heart.  

"Be cautious about using essential oils during pregnancy, especially during the first trimester.  Even oils that are generally safe during this time may be too stimulating for women who are prone to miscarriage.” (Aromatherapy, A Complete Guide to the Healing Art, by Kathy Keville & Mandy Green).
The following partial list of essential oils gives the prevailing wisdom in years past on how essential oils may be used during pregnancy (please be aware that some are very sensitive and may experience a reaction to the mildest of oils and a skin test should be used): 
·  Those oils ok to use: Bergamot, Coriander, Frankincense, Geranium, Grapefruit, Lavender, Lemon, Sandalwood, Wild Orange, Ylang Ylang
·  Oils that for some would be better used with a carrier oil or diluted in other ways: Clove, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Ginger, Helichrysum, Lemongrass, Marjoram, Melaleuca, Myrrh, Oregano, Peppermint, Roman Chamomile.
·  Consult a physician before using these oils:  Basil, Cassia, Cinnamon bark, Clary Sage, Rosemary, Thyme, Vetiver, Wintergreen, White Fir.
·  Additionally it is noted that Peppermint used during the latter part of pregnancy or after child birth can limit milk production in some mothers.
Dr. David Hill said the following:
"You will find warnings everywhere about which oils you should and should not use during pregnancy. These previously were very valid concerns because of the impurities that were so prevalent in the oils available and the threat that they posed to a developing fetus. But now that we enjoy the purity of oils that we have with dōTERRA it is no longer an issue" 
He has also given these points of advice:
Stay away from Clary Sage if you were threatening or had tendency to early labor.
Pay attention to your body on dosages as you may need more oil because of increased weight or less oil because your body was at a place of heightened sensitivity.
Peppermint used during the latter part of pregnancy or after childbirth can limit milk production in some mothers.
Ylang Ylang with Clary Sage may be used during childbirth and to stimulate uterine contractions. Ylang Ylang is very powerful and only very small amount are needed.
It should be noted that included in the Experiences & Testimonials tab of this web page are a number of personal experiences of those that have used a variety of dōTERRA essential oils during their pregnancies with no ill effects.  The thoughts expressed are that the dōTERRA oils are tested and certified (CPTG) and this extra measure of purity explains why these oils can be used with confidence.

Experiences and Testimonials of others

Go to the Everyday Example tab above for a month by month narrative on using essential oils during pregnancy by Tamalu.
Danielle - I am looking for help for two babies. The first one is 5 weeks old. He was born six weeks premature because his mom was too ill to carry the pregnancy to term. Mom had repeated blood transfusions during pregnancy because her body was not producing new blood. The doctors are working to diagnose the problem, but haven't come up with a diagnosis yet. The baby has had two infections and is still in the NICU. He is gaining weight and growing, so i think his long-term prognosis is good. My instinct is to have her use a drop of Frankincense daily on his feet. My thought for mom is to start with LLV. She is still having transfusions.

The second one is three weeks old. Due to complications in labor, she was without oxygen for 11 minutes. She had good care at the NICU of the hospital and has been released. She is home now and doing well, but the degree of brain damage is unknown until she gets older. My thought for her is Frankincense on the feet as well. Please advise on what else would help these moms and babies. Thanks!
Pat - I would use less than a drop of On Guard and Balance on the bottom of the babies feet morning and evening. I would simply touch the top of the bottle and then rub my fingers together and then apply to the babies feet.
I would use Balance and Frankincense on the 2nd baby applied that same way as above. I would also suggest the Balance for the Mom also, on her wrist or the back of her neck as needed for stress. The Balance for the babies is to relax the baby and also the open the veins and help any of the meds get where they need to be. This is really an amazing oil and will help mother and child.
Mandie - My son was also without oxygen for 10 minutes after birth. His heart didn't beat for a minute and a half. We started Frankincense on his crown and feet twice a day two days after birth. The NICU docs let me smear it on him under all the probes right in the incubator. He's nine weeks old now and showing absolutely no brain damage or developmental delays to date. They may still crop up as he gets older but they are telling me they don't think so. Also he was out of NICU in ten days instead of the month they told me at first.

Autumn - I am pregnant with my second child.  The first round found me in the hospital a few times for dehydration, due to hyperemesis gravidarum, extreme nausea.  I am looking to see if anyone has some advice to help me out with this one.  I'm only 8 weeks and it's already kicked into overdrive, even the high end prescription medication Zofran (given to chemo patients for nausea) doesn't work that well on me, just takes away the edge.  I know that Ginger, rubbed onto the wrists can help, and it does, slightly.  I've also taken a bath with Peppermint, Lavender, and Ginger and that didn't do anything at all.   Does anyone else have some advice, I'll try almost anything to have a normal moment again.
Natalie -  I am sorry about the nausea! Some of the best results I've seen have been with Peppermint under the nose, across the forehead and where your ribs come together about mid chest. Then keep a pretty steady flow of something calm but nutritive like raw almonds. I would use the Peppermint often, maybe even 10+ times a day, whenever you need it. All best!
Kathy - I have had success with both Ginger and Peppermint.  Don't give up on them yet.  Be consistent use synergistic methods of application. Stimulate the Pericardium 6 or P6 acupuncture point on your wrist. Apply topically to your stomach, put 4 drops in a 00 capsule and take internally.  
You can also apply to a pressure point on the outside edge of your ear - right across from the opening. Stick your finger in your ear and then slide it across to the outside edge. You can run your finger down the inside of the outside ridge of your ear and most will feel a little bump. The pressure spot is just below it. Many people notice a sore spot there when you squeeze it. If you feel a tender area there, you’ve found the right place. Apply pressure with a drop of Ginger, Peppermint or DigestZen whenever you feel the nausea, just find the place and squeeze that area with a good amount of pressure and hold it for 30 seconds. If the nausea is still there, you can hold it for up to 2 minutes. And you can use either ear or even alternate if you wish.  Apply essential oils hourly or more if you are dealing with severe nausea.

Jen - My sister-in-law is 38 weeks pregnant and is wondering if it is okay to use breathe on herself.  She has come down with some kind of cough.
Tamalu - Speaking for myself, in the babies I have carried while using oils, they are healthier than the babies I carried without using oils.  Dr Schnaubelt, in his book Medical Aromatherapy, addresses this topic by asking why, as a society, it is okay to trust over-the-counter and prescription drugs, which have been tested only months to years, and be fearful of these amazing God-given substances which have been used as medicine for millennia?  My baby is due within the next few weeks as well!  She is free to contact me if you need a backup person!
As always, encourage people to drink a lot of good water, especially when pregnant.  She will be pleased with the effectiveness of our excellent doTERRA oils, with the absence of negative side effects, when we allow ourselves to listen to the truth and step outside of the fear.  With this perspective, encourage your sister to sit back, take a deep breath, and feel for herself if it is okay to use Breathe, or any doTERRA oil, on herself and her baby.  Personally, I wouldn't do this pregnancy thing any other way! I look forward to hearing more about your sister--- we may deliver at about the same time!

Denae - This request is from my sister.  It is her first pregnancy.  We were wondering if you have any suggestions to help.  Thanks a bunch!

I have a couple of questions for you.  I know all pregnancies are different . . . I have had just a heck of a time.  I have no normal symptoms, but a lot of unnerving weird ones.  I have been having such bad cramping (and then bleeding too) that I thought I was going to miscarry or had an ectopic pregnancy.  The bleeding has stopped but the cramping persists . . . 1000x worse than menstrual cramps.  No nausea or vomiting.  Then I have a terrible sinus thing going, and I developed HIVES all over my legs up to my waist for a week now.  So my question is do you know if any DoTERRA oils would help with hives and be safe to use during pregnancy?  Additionally I have been using Eucalyptus in the diffuser as much as possible, but do you know if the Breathe blend is okay to use too?  I am desperate and pretty darn miserable.
Tamalu - The oils are so much safer than so many other commonly used methods. If I can be a resource for your sister, I would be honored, but encourage her to just try the oils and see how she feels. Breathe is great for the sinus stuff, but Lavender would be helpful applied topically as well for both sinus and hives. You might try Lavender or Wild Orange for the cramping. If there is anything I can do, don't hesitate to contact me!  
ftballwidow - I just gave a friend of mine samples of citrus bliss, Peppermint oil, and Breathe.  She is in her first trimester.  I read in the Essential Oils Reference Guide that she should be careful in their first trimester and that oils that are generally safe may be too stimulating for women who are prone to miscarriage (since she is a new friend, I have no idea about her medical history).  She just found out she was pregnant. Should I caution her or should she be okay since she only has a few samples?
Rob - I have never heard of essential oils causing miscarriage or any kind of pregnancy problems.  I have heard of many mothers to be using essential oils.  Having said that.  The book is correct.  If they are prone to miscarriage, some oils may be too stimulating.  I would use them in moderation in this case and if there are concerns, talk to her doctor.
If you asked Tamalu how she used the oils during her pregnancies, it would likely be "everyday in everyway!"

Jenyce - I know it is OK to use doTERRA oils while pregnant but I have a few people concerned about that and I can't search previous discussions. Can someone be so kind and email me some past discussions on using eo while pregnant so I can forward to friends. Thanks
Shanna - "Be cautious about using essential oils during pregnancy, especially during the first trimester.  Even oils that are generally safe during this time may be too stimulating for women who are prone to miscarriage (Aromatherapy, A Complete Guide to the Healing Art, by Kathy Keville & Mandy Green)."
However, Rob James continues with the report that at this time there have been no reports of injury to the fetus with topical use.  Consult a physician before using Basil, Cassia, Cinnamon, Clary Sage, Helichrysum, Rosemary, Thyme, Vetiver and Wintergreen.
My daughter-in-law, just a few weeks out of the first trimester, has opted through personal intuition to use the oils topically, not internally, and has had great success with DigestZen and Peppermint for nausea, Cassia for constipation, Peppermint and Lavender for headaches.
Joni - I took my wellness pack with me to my OB/Gyn appointment last week specifically so I could find out if they were safe for pregnant women (I am not pregnant, too old).  She looked them over and was very impressed.  She said there was nothing in them that could harm a pregnant woman.

Chelsea - I am so inspired by others stories that I had to share.
I am 33 weeks pregnant and this past week started experiencing swelling in my ankles and hands. I have been drinking Lemon water just as a daily regimen the entire time so I was a little concerned. I am having a home birth so toxemia is out of the question. So I did a little research and created a list of some daily things I need to be doing to keep things flowing, Lemon water, deep breathing and small amounts of yoga, chiropractor visits, walking, etc. and of course looked up what oil was good for toxemia.
Cypress was the only one mentioned so I had my husband rub some along with Frankincense, of course, on the bottoms of me feet and I put some on my belly. In the middle of the night I woke up drenched in sweat! When I woke up, my ankles were back to normal!! Looks like all that water came out through my pores! We have done it nightly now but by the end of a typical day of being on my feet the swelling hasn't gotten as bad as the first day since!  Oh how I LOVE these oils!!!
Ramona - That is such an amazing story! Thanks for sharing!  These oils are the best!  Sweet Dreams!

Chelsea - Okay so now I am about 35 weeks pregnant and have recently been experiencing swelling in my lower legs, feet, and hands. I have used Cypress on the bottom of my feet at night and had amazing success so far. I also drink lots of Lemon water, maybe I need more.  I was pushing on my shin this morning and it stayed, ahh! My husband just spent the morning looking in the book and oiling up my legs and feet with Cypress & Lemongrass. The edemish stuff isn't really bad but I imagine it could get worse if we don't keep on it. We are also diffusing Cypress. Any other ideas? I don't think toxemia is an issue because my blood pressure is actually low. Also, I have pelvic floor and upper leg achy bruisy pain. I am thinking it is varicose veins. How would you treat them when they are so internal? Could they be contributing to the lack of circulation in my legs?
Pat - Don't forget the obvious with swelling and that would be potassium deficiency. So it won't hurt to start eating some bananas. Are you on the LLW?
Here are a few blends for your condition:
·  Rub Aroma Touch on legs and ankles, that has all the good oils in it.
·  Drink plenty of water with Lemon.
·  You can alternate Wintergreen with the Aroma Touch.
·  Evening blend in a capsule, 8 drops Geranium, 5 drops Cypress and 5    drops Helichrysum.
·  When you are rubbing the oils on topically use coconut oil for smooth    coverage and it is good for you also.
Good luck with this new baby, you have all the tools to make this go well.
Chelsea - Thank you Pat. I always know I can count on you for great wisdom and insight.  Yes, I am on the LLW both morning and night. I will try all of those ideas that I am not doing yet.
Marci - Lemongrass is wonderful for circulation too.

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Tanya -
  Here is a sheet I put together for the local labor/delivery class in my town.  Much of the information was taken from Modern Essentials book. Feel free to use it as you please!

Use of Essential Oils During Pregnancy and Beyond.

Oils to use to support pregnancy: 
Geranium (topically or inhalation)
Ylang Ylang (topically or inhalation)
Lavender (topically or inhalation)
Grapefruit (topically or inhalation)
Roman Chamomile (topically or inhalation)

Breasts (to soothe sore breasts and nipples): 
Lavender -soothes (topically)
Geranium -soothes (topically)
Roman Chamomile -sore nipples (topically): Add 3-5 drops to 1 Tbs. carrier oil and massage on location.

Lavender (topically or inhalation)- stimulates circulation, calming, antiseptic
Clary Sage - Topically- Dilute as recommended, and apply 1-2 drops on hips, bottom of feet, or abdomen. Add 3-5 drops to 1 Tbs. carrier oil, and massage on hips, of feet, or abdomen. Inhalation – Diffuse into the air

Avoid episiotomy:
Geranium (topically) – Add 5-10 drops to ½ tsp of olive oil, and massage into perineum. Diffusion: Serenity or Elevation

Early Labor: 
Lavender (topically) - Rub 1-3 drops on stomach to help stop pre-term labor.

Energy: Blend: 
2 drops Roman Chamomile, 2 drops Geranium, and 2 drops Lavender in 2 tsp. carrier oil and massage into skin.

Helichrysum (topically) – Apply 1-3 drops on lower back to help prevent hemorrhaging.

High Blood Pressure: 
Ylang Ylang, Eucalyptus, Lavender Bath 1: 3 dropsYlang Ylang in bath water, and bathe in the evening twice a week. Bath 2: 5 drops Geranium, 8 drops Lemongrass, and 3 drops Lavender in 1 oz. fractioned coconut oil. Rub over heart and reflex points on left foot and hand.

Labor (during):
Clary Sage (topically) – apply 3 drops around ankles or abdomen.

Labor (post): 
Lavender, Geranium

Clary Sage (starts production), Fennel or Basil (increase production), Peppermint (decrease production) Dilute as recommended, and apply 1-2 drops on breasts. Apply Peppermint with a cold compress to help reduce production. *Caution- Fennel should not be used for more than 10 days, as it will excessively increase flow through the urinary tract.

Lavender, Citrus Bliss (combine with Lavender) Dilute and apply to breasts.

Morning sickness: 
Ginger (topically, inhalation, or internal), Peppermint (topically or inhalation): Dilute as recommended, and apply 1-3 drops on ears, down jaw bone, and on reflex points of feet.  Internal: Place 1-3 drops in empty capsule, and swallow. Inhalation: Diffuse into the air. Inhale directly or applied to hands. Apply 1 drop on pillow to inhale at night.

Elevation, Lemon, Lavender, Frankincense, Clary Sage, Geranium. Inhalation: Diffuse into air. Inhale directly or apply to hands, tissue or cotton wick. Topically: Dilute as recommended. Apply 1-2 drops to temple or forehead. Add 5-10 drops to 1 Tbs. coconut oil, and use as a massage oil. Add 1-3 drops to warm bath water.

Stretch Marks:
Lavender. Myrrh Topically: Add 5-10 drops to 1 Tbs coconut oil or hazelnut oil, and apply on location.

Baby (newborn): 
Frankincense (1 drop on crown), Myrrh (1 drop on umbilical cord and navel), Balance (1 drop on feet and spine)

Care should be used with essential oils...they are extremely potent. This especially applies to Clary Sage and Fennel during pregnancy. These oils contain active constituents with hormone-like activity and could possibly stimulate adverse reactions in the mother, although there are no recorded human cases.

Joyce - My daughter is pregnant and has restless leg syndrome.  She is miserable. She has been using the oils, Marjoram, AromaTouch and Roman Chamomile.  The oils have really helped her. She can now sleep through the night without being disturbed with her restless legs. However, today we read that Basil, which is in AromaTouch should be completely avoided in pregnancy.  Also, Marjoram, is to be used with extreme caution (the book says) in pregnancy. What should we do? Are these oils really to be avoided during pregnancy.
Natalie - I attended the AromaTouch training last year that Dr. Hill directed. I was about 6 months pregnant and concerned about having the AromaTouch Technique done on me as well as doing it on others. I asked and Dr. Hill stopped everyone to address my concern. As I remember it, he said you will find warnings everywhere about which oils you should and should not use during pregnancy. They previously were very valid because of the impurities that were so prevalent in the available oils and the threat that was to a developing fetus.   But now that we enjoy the purity of oils that we do with doTERRA it is no longer an issue. He advised to stay away from Clary Sage if you were threatening or had tendency to early labor but other than that he said that he would use any oil during pregnancy. He advised to pay attention to your body on dosages, as you may need more oil because of increased weight or less oil because your body was at a place of heightened sensitivity.
My experience is that: I felt to use more oils in the beginning of my pregnancy and then I used a plethora during my final trimester, delivery and during postpartum. My midwife has since converted to doTERRA and uses the oils exclusively to assist her mothers. All best to all of you however you are involved in assisting in this vital work of bringing children into this world!
Brenda - I actually asked Dr. Hill about this caution about "certain oils" during pregnancy,.  It was frustrating me because everyone uses them but some writings say to avoid.  Well, he said, there were not any oils that he would avoid except for Peppermint and the possible impact on breast feeding. 
Editor’s note:  On cautions side the following doTERRA blends include some Peppermint: AromaTouch, Breathe, Deep Blue, DigestZen, PastTense, and Slim & Sassy.  Clary Sage is not in any doTERRA blends.

Yoshihami - I am thrilled and happy to learn AromaTouch Technique! Now one of my girlfriends asked me if I could give her ATT (she is in 2nd trimester). She had a back surgery 10 years ago and was taking pain medications until she got pregnant. I would appreciate if anyone could let me know which position she is supposed to lay down in if she is uncomfortable laying on her belly. Thank you very much for your feedback in advance.
Karen - I took the AromaTouch class last week also with a friend who is 3 weeks from her due date. Dr. Hill was very happy to see her there also!  What we did was make a little nest with a hole in the middle with blankets and she was able to lay face down. You can also use a couple of pillows and do the same thing. If you aren't comfortable with that, you can also use a body pillow and they can lie on their side, supporting the head also. Or, in a kind of modified face down where they are somewhat on their side with one leg bent and out to the side. The goal is for them to be comfortable so you might just want to experiment a bit. Another alternative is to have them sitting in a chair and leaning forward onto a table with lots of cushions. Have fun with it! Karen
Mardi - What about the Peppermint used at the end of the ATT?  Dr. Hill said that all of the oils were safe to use on mother's to be?  Just curious.
Pat – You only use a couple of drops, there really should be no problem.

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