Essential Oils During Labor1:25 AM
Welcome to Part 2 of my essential oils for Pregnancy, Labor, and Postpartum. If you're pregnant, be sure to check out part 1, Essential Oils during Pregnancy.
If you're pregnant, congrats!!!! I'm sure you're excited and ready for your baby to arrive. Perhaps you're even a little nervous--especially if this is your first delivery. I know I was. My third and most recent labor was my first oily one...and it was my best labor so far. Since essential oils helped me so much during pregnancy, I was definitely ready to give them a try during labor....so I did loads of reading and research and prepared. I packed several oils and made my husband a cheat sheet so he could run the diffuser and give me oils during labor.
Everyone is different and I'm not a doctor. When in doubt, please consult your obstetrician. I just wanted to share what worked for me. I highly recommend the book "Gentle Babies" by Debra Raybern. I used it all throughout pregnancy, labor, and life with small kids. I would consider it a must.
It was a normal Saturday and I was 39 weeks pregnant. I had gone a week late with my first two pregnancies and assumed this would be the same. We decided to go to the zoo. I was pushing the stroller up the hills for a "workout." I noticed a few contractions but nothing major. They continued to slowly form a pattern on the way home. Once home, I put clary sage on the insides of my ankles. Clary sage encourages contractions--which is why it isn't recommended to use until the end of pregnancy.
I drank a protein shake (pure protein complete) and took a double dose of NingXia, which is a super antioxidant supplement that supports your whole body. I wanted to be sure my body was well nourished because you never know just how long labor will be. I also took a nitro. Nitro is an energizing supplement that doesn't leave you with a crash. I began buzzing around the house--cleaning, packing bags for the kids--just like I do anytime I take nitro. I continued applying clary sage every 30-60 minutes. I also applied Release & Surrender to encourage me to be a calm and relaxed since I had some fears after my last labor experience.
This labor was different. I had back labor. My tailbone had so much pressure. I applied panAway and Deep Relief over my tailbone and lower back and continued changing positions. I found leaning over on the counter and swaying with my feet far apart was the most comfortable. Once I thought it might be real labor, I got my hubby up from his nap. We got the kids ready and left--continually using my clary sage, release, & surrender. Without going into detail, we had to take our 2 older kids to the hospital because all our sitters fell through. Knowing I needed them on their best behavior, I rubbed them down with Peace & Calming. It's the best at keeping good attitudes... and we're off.
I drank another nitro. I may or may not have sneaked some stress away onto my hand and rubbed it onto my husbands back nonchalantly... maybe. Once we got checked in and set up into our room, I had my husband set up the diffuser with Peace & Calming and Valor. Those are two precious oils and I knew this occasion merited their use. Peace & Calming really helps me stay calm and relaxed while Valor gives me that courage and keeps me from getting nervous. All this time I'm continuing to use clary sage, release, & surrender.
All the nursing staff and doctors kept commenting about how wonderfully our room smelled and how it was so chill in there. I seriously felt so relaxed. My girls were behaving wonderfully. It was going great. I went to the restroom and sprayed Claraderm on my lady parts--it's part of a perineum prep that I had been doing in advance to help encourage healthy stretchy skin--unlike my previous births. As labor progressed, I added in Brain Power and sacred Frankincense to the rotation of oils I used every 30 minutes or so. Brain power was recommended by a friend to encourage mental clarity, focus, and being present. Plus it smells amazing. I chose to use Sacred frankincense as it's extremely grounding and seemed poetic at my son's birth.
Before I knew it, I felt the urge to push. I had my husband change the diffuser over to Present Time and valor. Present Time helps me to feel in the moment, grounded, present and releasing my past worries. Valor, as I mentioned above, keeps me from worry and gives me courage. I also rolled peppermint onto the back of my neck. Peppermint is so refreshing and invigorating. I needed a burst of energy for pushing.
You can read more detail in my oily birth story, but Harvey was sunny side up. That means he's face up instead of face down--which can be more difficult to push out and can cause more perineum tearing. He came out in 15 minutes and I barely tore. As soon as baby was out, I applied geranium and lavender on my abdomen.
My children were there the whole time--calm and well behaved. My husband later said he realized that the diffuser was there to keep him calm. Normally he would have been frantic having to wrangle the kids and me, try and take pictures, and just the importance of such an event. But he was relaxed the whole time. I was relaxed the entire time, wasn't nervous to push and the contractions were much more tolerable than my other labors. Our room was filled with chatting and laughter and football. It was wonderful.
You may be wondering about essential oils when you're having a c-section. You know what?! All the relaxing and emotion oils I mentioned can be diffused to keep you calm and relaxed. You can also apply release, surrender, sacred frankincense, valor, or Peace & Calming before they wheel you back!
So I know all of this information can be overwhelming. And if you aren't already using oils, it can seem even more daunting. But let me settle your fears. When you get your starter kit from me, you also gain a whole community of oily friends. We have a Facebook hangout group where we chat oils, recipes, uses, sales, and loads of other stuff. We offer free online classes and loads of materials to everyone in our group. It's a great place to ask questions. Plus, I'm personally here to help you along the way. That's the great thing about Young Living. You get 1 on 1 customer service. So if something comes up and you have a question, you can shoot me a personal message on Facebook or send me a text and I will happily help you out. I've met so many wonderful people and made some great friends all through this journey. I also gift reference materials to each person, so you 'll have some of your own resources to turn to. To find out how to get your very own kit--which includes several of the oils I mentioned above--check out the How to Get Started with Essential Oils tab.
I'm so excited for you and your oily pregnancy. I hope the birth of your little one is wonderful and amazing. For more information about Essential oils during Pregnancy, Essential oils Postpartum, and Essential Oils and Babies--keep an eye out on my blog. I'm excited to share this series with you from my experience with my little guy Harvey.
For those of you who like it more streamlined, here's the list of oils and products I mentioned above: