Being able to stay relaxed during pregnancy, as well as when getting ready to give birth, is very important. A pregnant mother’s mental state is not only critical for her health, but it is also critical for her baby.
Because of the hormonal instability caused by pregnancy, mothers can easily get anxious and frustrated. And severe stress can cause many problems. Pregnant mothers can even have a miscarriage if they experience too much stress. At the very least, pregnant mothers should be able to get relaxed for having easy delivery.
Fortunately, there are ways to keep your stress under control and relax during your pregnancy so you can lower the chances of difficulties during the delivery. Aromatherapy is one of the most popular relaxation methods for easy delivery. So, let’s have a look at this method together and learn about how you can use it for your benefit.
Relieve stress with Aromatherapy
Aromatherapy is profoundly recommended for keeping stress under control during pregnancy. If you want to stay relaxed for your baby and your upcoming delivery, this method is quite easy to incorporate into your life and see noticeable results.
You can start by putting a few drops of aroma oil into your bath water and slowly make it into an aroma bath. Spending some time in such a warm Aromatherapy bath frequently will smooth your nerves and help you stay relaxed. You can also get yourself some small aroma pots and place them in the room you spend most of your time in.
Alternatively, you can use some aroma oil on your skin. This allows the sudden smell differences when you move around your house, and it can provide you with a more continuous aromatherapy experience compared to aroma baths or aroma pots. Just be sure that you read the instruction on your aroma oil bottle if you will apply it to your skin as some aroma oils can irritate your skin, or worse affect your metabolism in a way you wouldn’t want to experience, especially while you are pregnant.
Similarly, you need to be careful while shopping for aroma oil when you are pregnant. Because there are some aroma oils that pregnant women shouldn’t be supposed to use.
Aroma oils to be careful about
While pregnancy aromatherapy offers many benefits, if you do it without proper care, you may risk your baby’s health. Cinnamon, sage, oregano, geranium, rosemary, rose, chamomile, cedarwood, thyme, peppermint, jasmine, basil, cypress, spearmint, and yarrow are among the most known aroma oils that you should not use for pregnancy aromatherapy. To be safe, you should avoid these aroma oils. For other types of aroma oil, you can check the internet before using it to see if it is safe.
That being said, experts say that even if you use oils you should avoid, aromas would not have drastic effects on your baby. Still, technically there are aroma oils that may trigger a miscarriage due to the small stimulus to the hormonal balance. So, we recommend being as safe as possible.
However, don’t let reading these make you too worried about doing pregnancy aromatherapy. As long as you know the aroma oils that you should avoid, and you check the aroma oils you buy before using them, read written in the instruction manual on aroma oils, there should not be a problem.
Recommended aroma oils for easy delivery
Since we mentioned some aroma oils you shouldn’t use while pregnant, we may as well recommend some aromas that are good for pregnancy aromatherapy as well.
Aroma oils such as orange, neroli, and grapefruit can safely make you feel very relaxed during pregnancy. As a fresh scent aroma, Bergamot is also popular for pregnancy aromatherapy. If you mix bergamot with sweet orange, the mixture gives you a very nice, relaxing aroma that can be used against anxiety.
Many women experience swelling on their feet during pregnancy. If you feel the same problem, there are some aroma oils for this too. Prepare yourself a warm foot bath and add some chamomile aroma to it. Resting for about half an hour, with your feet in this foot bath, should ease your feet’ swelling problem. Grapefruit can give you similar results too.
Herbal teas offer similar benefits to aroma oils. Similarly, some herbal teas should be avoided if you are pregnant. But some can help you relax during your pregnancy ad have an easy delivery. So, let’s have a look at some of the most recommended herbal teas that are highly effective during pregnancy.
Dandelion coffee (or Dandelion root tea) can help you with swelling complaints. It also helps you after childbirth by increasing milk production. Chamomile tea has a similar effect on leg swelling problems during pregnancy. And it helps you to get relax.
Red raspberry leaf is another herb that is known to be very helpful during pregnancy. Red raspberry leaf tea relaxes the muscles of the uterus. It doesn’t only offer easy delivery but eases menstrual cramps when you are not pregnant as well.
For some additional supplements, you can consider Nettle tea and Rosehip tea. Nettle tea is rich in iron, calcium, and essential minerals that you need when you are pregnant. And Rosehip tea is good for vitamin C intake, which is very important for pregnant mothers.
Besides the high nutrient values and benefits for pregnancy, these herbal teas also have very soothing scents that you can actually use for kind of aromatherapy and relaxation. Not to mention that these teas suit very well to drink in the scent of the aroma oils we mentioned above.