Aromatherapy is a natural, healing modality employing essential oils extracted from aromatic plant sources to treat and balance the body, mind, and spirit. During pregnancy, there are many instances when aromatherapy can be an extremely beneficial and helpful option, while also being very easy to employ.
If you’re feeling less glow and more pain and stress these days, you’re probably seeking a safe form of relief. And if you’re a natural-minded mama-to-be, you may be considering aromatherapy — a technique featuring essential oils extracted from plants to boost your health and overall well-being. Aromatherapy has been used for thousands of years by ancient Egyptians, Greeks, Chinese, Indians, and Romans to alleviate aches and ailments and inspire relaxation. Scented oils are typically diluted with a carrier oil for massage, dropped sparingly into a warm bath, or put into a vaporizer so the aroma can be diffused and inhaled. The effects of aromatherapy can be wide-ranging.
The muscles are growing and stretching too, and if the expectant mother is on her feet too much, the weight of the baby will cause her balance to shift and the back muscles will try to compensate. They may tire easily, and cramps and aching muscles will result.
Every pregnant woman at one time during her pregnancy will have a backache. The ever-expanding abdomen creates a lot of stress not only on the front but also the back.
Regular massage also helps reduce tension and anxiety, helps relieve insomnia and headaches, fluid retention, and prevents stretch marks.
Aromatherapy oils are a natural way to help alleviate common pregnancy symptoms and used responsibly, can help you to enjoy a calm, relaxed, and positive pregnancy.
Essential oils are strong and are extremely concentrated. They need to be diluted before use (it's important to only use one or two drops at a time if using on your own). You should avoid oils during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, but in the second and third trimester, there are many oils that are safe to use on the body and on a pillow or blanket for inhalation.
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Shania Abdelrahman, LMT