I’ve finally reached the third trimester of pregnancy and the end is in sight. It’s so hard to believe that we’re so close to meeting this little girl, and 30 weeks of pregnancy are already behind me. Truthfully, I don’t usually have too hard of a time with pregnancy. I’ve been incredibly fortunate to not get really sick, and my weight gain and blood pressure have been right on target. I have friends that are sick their entire pregnancies, and hearing that makes me so thankful for the relatively easy time I’ve had.
Even though it’s been fairly uneventful, this pregnancy has had it’s fair share of discomfort. Last time I just dealt with everything as best I could, but this time, I’ve been using essential oils to help keep me as healthy and comfortable as possible, and I’ve been so thankful to have them. So what oils am I using this pregnancy?
Peppermint is my most-used oil on a regular basis, even when I’m not pregnant. I love it for digestive support, I love the smell, and I love that it supports my nervous system too. It literally does not leave my purse and I would be incredibly lost without it. In fact, I think I have about 4 bottles on hand right now because I stockpile it in so many places!
My DIY Face Serum and Lavender-Oatmeal Bar Soap
You know how they say that girls steal your beauty? Well, for this little girl, that’s definitely been true – especially in the third trimester. I vary the combination of oils in my DIY Face Serum depending on what I need, but I’m convinced using this daily has kept my face as healthy as possible throughout this pregnancy.
The Bar soap isn’t technically an oil by itself, but it does contain Lavender Oil, so we’ll go with it. My nose gets fairly sensitive during pregnancy, and my skin gets dry – especially my feet, elbows, and knees. This bar soap is a new addition to Young Living’s products, but I grabbed it as soon as I saw it and I’ve been using it since. It’s incredibly moisturizing and lasts forever, and I know I’ll be using it long after this little one arrives.
Lemongrass and Cypress
I combined these two into a roll on with some fractionated coconut oil, and it’s been really helping the circulation in my feet and ankles. We all know the swelling that can accompany the end of pregnancy, and keeping the bloodflow going helps so much (along with putting my feel up every chance I get).
Tranquil Roll-On, Peace & Calming II, and Cedarwood
You know how sometimes you just can’t get comfortable to sleep during pregnancy? Well, these three are like magic for me. There have been nights that I can’t seem to turn my brain off, and these are my go-tos. I put two drops of Peace & Calming II (which I actually prefer to the original) and two drops of Cedarwood in my diffuser, roll-on the tranquil on my wrists – and sweet dreams. I seriously don’t want to think what I’d do without them because I sleep so well with them… despite the many bathroom breaks.
NingXia Red and Life 5 Probiotic
Two more non-oil products I couldn’t be without. I’m convinced that drinking two ounces of NingXia Red every day is the reason my blood pressure and blood sugar have remained steady and well within range. On the days I forget to take it, I definitely feel the difference. NingXia Red is full of antioxidants, oils, and wolfberry puree, and I know it’s the reason my energy levels have stayed high this pregnancy.
As for the Life 5 – well, let’s just say that my digestive system needs a little extra help when I’m pregnant. I don’t typically get nauseous, but I get other digestive issues. Without Life 5, I’d be way more uncomfortable than I have been – it’s really been a lifesaver for me during my pregnancy. It’s a staple in my daily routine and I typically take it daily when I’m not pregnant as well.
Lavender and Tea Tree
I couldn’t leave these two off the list. While I have tons of stretch marks already from my pregnancy with Abbie (I always knew I’d get them because my mom has them), these are my go-to for any sort of skin support I need. My stomach has itched much more this time than with Abbie, so a bit of lavender and some coconut oil calms that. I’ve used tea tree on everything from my face to my feet, and it’s one I always come back to.
There are a lot of other products I use on a regular basis, but those have been my favorites this pregnancy. Any you would add to my list?
**I am not a doctor and am not giving medical advice, just sharing what has worked for me. Always consult with a doctor on your own care, especially while pregnant!**