The reasons for anxiety during pregnancy can be many and varied. Pregnancy can be overwhelming and may bring forth many new concerns for a woman. Simply being pregnant can be a cause of anxiety. Am I ok? Is the baby ok? Will I/we be able to cope with another baby? Symptons of anxiety may include fearfulness, insomnia, invasive thoughts, tearfulness, breathing difficulties and bouts of excessive perspiration. Aromatherapy can help you deal with any of these potential daily upsets.
Using oils in a body oil or a bath oil can be really beneficial and a favourite blend of mine is the following:
Use 50ml of your preferred carrier oil (e.g. sweet almond oil or grapeseed oil) and add the following essential oils:
Frankincense 4 drops
Lavender 5 drops
Rose 1 drop
Vetiver 1 drop
If you feel that you are prone to periods of anxiety in your pregnancy, it may be helpful to use this blend regularly, and not wait for an anxiety attack to happen.
In acute instances of anxiety however, it can be helpful to inhale two drops of essential oil directly from a tissue. You can keep breathing into the tissue for two to three minutes until the feelings begin to subside.
Here are my suggestions for use in these intense and often overwhelming occasions:
Lavender 1 drop
Neroli 1 drop
Frankincense 1 drop
Lavender 1 drop
Roman Chamomile 1 drop
Rose 1 drop
I hope you enjoy using these blends, and that they provide some relief from your pregnancy anxiety. If you have any feedback on how they might have helped you, I would love to hear about it.
In pregnancy, as baby develops and grows bigger, our poor hips can be subjected to so much pressure that it can cause major discomfort, tiredness and pain.
For a lot of women, hip pain becomes worse at night time and affects their ability to sleep. They keep changing sides trying to get comfortable, which in itself can be exhausting and obviously means that your sleep is broken and disrupted. Not much fun when you have to get up the next morning and try to function normally!
I find aromatherapy to be really wonderful in helping with this sort of pain. Using essential oils that are pain-relieving in a warm bath and/or massage can really help improve how your hips feel, and help you to sleep bettter too.
Suggested Aromatherapy Blend for
(This can be used in the bath, or as a massage oil)
50ml of grapeseed or sweet almond oil
(Use a dark coloured glass bottle, or a little ceramic bowl for blending)
Add the following essential oils:
4 drops Frankincense
4 drops Lavender
2 drops Roman Chamomile
1 drop Vetiver
1 drop Ylang Ylang
Use 10-15mls of your blend and add it to a warm, drawn bath. Disperse the oil through the water with your hand. Get in and relax for about 20 minutes. Be careful getting in and out of the bath tub as the oils will cause the surface to become slippery
Use a moderate amount of your blend and massage it well into your lower back, hips, buttocks and upper thighs. Be careful not to apply too much pressure to your sacrum area before full term pregnancy.
(Store the remainder of your blend in a dark coloured glass bottle or jar with a lid so you save it for next time.)
This blend smells gorgeous as well as having pain relieving and sleep inducing properties.
I hope you enjoy using it.
Lisa Heeney is a professional aromatherapist who specialises in pregnancy. She is the author of 'AromaBump - The Belly Bible for Aromatherapy in Pregnancy', and has developed a range of beautiful body products to support women throughout their pregnancies.