Many pregnant women experience constipation, hemorrhoids, edema, low amniotic fluid levels, headaches, high blood pressure, gestational diabetes, nausea, and sleepless nights, and most of these things can be eased with epsom salt baths and essential oils.
Chemicals in our food, water, the environment and products in our home bombard our bodies and sabotage our health. Baths during pregnancy are intended for drawing toxins out of the body so mommy and baby can be their healthiest and feel their best.
Personally, I am not a bath person. I’m a jump in/out of the shower as quickly as possibly. Slowing down to bath just is not in any part of my life. But pregnancy is different. Our bodies are going through such a massive change that specific baths can really help support our bodies during pregnancy.
Some of the benefits of trimester specific baths can help ease stretched skin and ligaments, reduce edema, calm anxiety, improve quality sleep, balance hormones, increase circulation, and reduce nausea to mention a few benefits.
Every bath during pregnancy should contain Epsom salt. Epsom salts are magnesium, which many people are deficient in. Low levels of magnesium can result in malnutrition, sleep challenges, and anxiety. Magnesium regulates over 300 enzymes in the body and plays an important role in eliminating harmful toxins, bodily functions, energy, healthy heart functions, blood pressure, and digestive disorders.
Baths during pregnancy assists the body in flushing out toxins from the body’s cells, and pulls excess salts out of the body (reducing edema). Epsom salts have numerous benefits and are most commonly know to reduce inflammation, relieve constipation, soothe soft tissue aches, and support immune health.
Take this time to connect to your baby, your desired birth. Create a beautiful space that you can enjoy this precious time, with candles, music, crystals, photos, affirmations, whatever you like. Much like planning a wedding, plan your birth, envision what you would like to experience. Consider hiring a doula, and take HypnoBirthing or Bradley Method classes to support you in achieving your desired outcome.
Benefits of Epsom Salt Baths:
Boots magnesium levels
Reduces pain and inflammation
Improves blood sugar levels
Best essential oils for baths during pregnancy:
Every person is unique and different, the best way to determine what oils your body needs is simply smelling them. Listen to your gut, what do you like? That’s what your body needs. The oils listed below are the most common, and popular oils. I share what they are used for, and how I enjoyed them so you can make decisions for what may be best for you.
Lemon: increases the function of the lymphatic system, reduces edema, naturally cleanses the body and promotes a positive mood. This oil is great when you feel swelling in your feet, ankles, or extremities. If you are experiencing swelling or edema in your feet, ankles or extremities use 10-20 drops in your bath. When you exit the bath place a drop on the lymphatic points throughout your body, or the bottom of your feet. This is a stimulating oil, so it is recommended to use throughout the day, and not before bed.
Lavender: the most popular oil pregnant, or not. Commonly used for calming and relaxing qualities, soothes skin irritations, and muscle tension. This is possibly the BEST oil to use during pregnancy!! It works great for stretching skin, for the expanding muscles and tissues in the abdomen that become sore, and helps relax and soothe a busy and anxious mind. You can use this oil through the day, in your baths, and diffusing in your bedroom as you sleep.
*Serenity: a blend that promotes calming, relaxation and restful sleep. This blend has similar results as lavender, and includes lavender. Personally I loved the smell and used both Lavender and Serenity in my baths, with around 15 drops each throughout the entire pregnancy.
Helichrysum: Best known for it abilities of decreasing inflammation, treating wounds, soothing and healing skin. This oil is great to support skin health, it is commonly used in perineum ointments and decreasing bleeding. I started using this oil during my third trimester when my skin was being stressed the most, and approaching delivery day, prepping my skin to be as healthy and flexible as possible.
Geranium: offers many benefits for soothing skin, and calming nerves. While I enjoyed this oil in my baths several times, I mostly enjoyed this oil in combination with lavender to diffuse at night while we slept.
Clary Sage: (only to be used after 37 weeks): known for it’s uplifting mood stimulant, soothe monthly discomfort associated with menstrual cycles, promote contractions during pregnancy. This has been one of my favorite oils for the 7 years and I had to stop using it for the majority of the pregnancy as it’s known to stimulate contractions. I love it for it’s clearing and cleansing qualities. I typically diffuse it while I work to create a clear and positive energy space. You may start using this oil at 37 weeks in baths, a drop on the soles of your feet (after the bath), or a few drops on your belly.
*Zendocrine: multi oil blend that is known for its abilities to support organ cleansing, healthy tissue function, hormone and emotional balance. I really, really love this oil, it supports our body in removing toxins and impurities from our system!! Apply this topically (1-2 drops) over your liver for best results. To be used throughout entire pregnancy, but especially if mom is experiencing nausea.
*OnGuard: a proprietary essential oil blend, provides a natural and effective alternative for immune support, protects against environmental and seasonal threats with essential oils known for their positive effects on the immune system. This oil is great throughout pregnancy, but especially when you may be exposed to germs. You can add several drops to your bath, diffuse it as you sleep, or place a drop on the soles of your feet.
*Unique blends created exclusively for DoTERRA.
Essential Oils should be treated as any medicinal support, used in moderation, and only when necessary. Oils are incredibly potent and when applied directly to the skin only 1-2 drops are necessary. It is possible to overdose if used excessively.
Dry brush for 5-15 minutes to stimulate lymphatic circulation, increase blood flow and remove dead skin cells before your bath. Brush from your feet up towards your heart in small circular motions, avoid your belly while pregnant, and your face as the skin is too delicate.
Add 1-2 cups of baking soda into the bath to help support skin health, neutralize acidity, soothe irritated/itchy skin and soften dry stressed skin.
Keep the temperature of the bath warm, not hot, hot baths are not recommend during pregnancy. Plan on spending at least an hour in the bath to get maximum benefits. You can take a bath everyday if desired, or less, but the more you bathe, the more benefits you’ll expereince.
The last 3 weeks of my pregnancy, when my skin was excessively stretched I started adding a shake of Primally Pure’s Flower Bath and loved it.