Pregnancy is one of the biggest miracles and blessings. It is the start of a new life and a new chapter in a couple’s lives. It is here where a women turns into a mother and where a man turns into a father. Being parents come with great responsibility, but most of all, it comes with unexplainable joy and excitement. For a brief understanding on pregnancy, let us have a deeper look into life and where it starts.
When an ovum (female egg) meets a sperm (male seed) in the Fallopian tube, fertilisation occurs. In itself, this is an amazing phenomenon. After sexual intercourse, an estimate of between 15 million and 400 million sperm are released into the vagina (female reproductive organ) by the penis (male reproductive organ). The sperm has one goal at hand; to fertilise an ovum and only one out of the many millions will succeed.
Once an oocyte is fertilised, it forms a cell, called a zygote (a single cell). Over the next 5 days, the zygote will divide and subdivide until a blastocyst is formed. The blastocyst will then plant into the endometrium (uterus wall) and will act as the anchor for placental and foetal development.By definition, a single cell is the most simple form of life and is explained as the building blocks of life. From this, we can conclude that life starts at the moment of fertilisation.
The beautiful journey of pregnancy starts here. Life is a gift from the Father’s Hand. YHVH/God is the designer, the giver and the taker of life. “יהוה (YHVH/God) puts to death and makes alive, He brings down to She’ol and raises up.” – 1 Samuel 2:6.
He gave us the Breath of Life, His Spirit (Ruach HaKodesh). “And יהוה (YHVH/God) Elohim formed the man out of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils breath of lives. And the man became a living being.” – Genesis 2:7.
When we confess that Yah’shua/Jesus is the Son of YHVH/God, we will have everlasting life, because He is Life. ““For Elohim so loved the world that He gave His only brought-forth Son, so that everyone who believes in Him should not perish but possess everlasting life.” – John 3:16. John 14:6 says, “יהושע (Yah’shua/Jesus) said to him, “I am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”
Do you understand that the Almighty Creator of heaven and earth knows you, formed you and chose you to be His before your conception? You are created with, and for a purpose.
Let us have a look at the stages of pregnancy and how oils work in these different stages. Not all oils are safe to use during pregnancy, but this does not mean that all oils are hazardous and that they should be avoided altogether. In reality, they are extremely beneficial for foetal development throughout the stages of pregnancy. Oil safety and use during the different stages of pregnancy will be discussed in detail.
During the first trimester of pregnancy, the embryo starts to develop rapidly. It is the most vital part of the pregnancy because the most critical development takes place here. After a successful first trimester, the chance of miscarriage is lowered significantly. From barely visible to the naked eye, the foetus grows until it reaches the size of a peach at the end of the first trimester.
The amniotic bag that acts as a buffer for the embryo, develops, as well as the placenta. The face of the embryo will start taking form, along with the development of the mouth, lower jaw and throat. The eyes will also start developing. By the end of the first month of pregnancy, the baby will have a heart beat that is responsible for circulating the now formed blood cells through the rice grain sized baby body.
The mother will not experience major differences in her body yet. She might have tender or swollen breasts.
More facial features will start to develop in the second month of pregnancy. Little folds of skin develop where ears will later form, as well as buds that will later develop into arms and legs. By this time, the central nervous system is efficiently developed. This includes the brain, spinal cord and neural tissue. Bone develops where cartilage once was and the embryo starts to move. The baby is no longer an embryo, but a foetus weighing approximately 9.5g.
By the second month of pregnancy, morning sickness starts. The mother will also feel bloated, need to urinate more often and will have tender breasts.
After the third month of pregnancy, the baby is fully formed and weighs about 28g. The foetus has arms, hands, fingers and fingernails. It has legs, feet, toes and toenails. The foetus can open and close its fists and its mouth. The ears are fully formed and the circulatory and urinary systems are fully functioning. The liver is able to produce bile. Teeth start to form in the dentition and the reproductive organs develop.
Mom will start to see changes in her weight and appetite. She might have heart burn and may be more emotional, as her hormones start to change rapidly.
The second trimester is the middle phase of pregnancy. During this phase, baby starts growing even faster than before. If the parents wish to know the gender of their baby, it can be determined with an ultrasound in the second trimester.
During the fourth month, the foetus becomes more mobile and interactive. The ankles, wrists and backbone is able to flex and the unborn baby can respond to outside stimuli. The neck becomes longer, the chin becomes more prominent, the bones harden and hair starts growing on the head and eyebrows. The organs are fully developed and will continue growing until birth. Detail like fingerprints start to form on the hands of the foetus and the eyes are in position. The foetus will swallow amniotic fluid and excrete it as urine and the spleen is responsible for generating red blood cells. A heartbeat can be heard by an ultrasound.
The mother may notice less morning sickness and she may start feeling her 17.8cm baby move (fluttering).
The foetus is now the size of a papaya and about 25.4cm in length. The foetus is able to yawn, make facial expressions swallow, get hiccups and stretch. The lungs exhale amniotic fluid as the main airways (bronchioles) develop. Fat starts forming to aid in foetal heat production and metabolism. A transparent skin develops, along with the creamy white protective layer on the skin, called the vernix. Sensitivity increases as the retinas of the eyes are sensitive to light and the ears to sound.
There is a possibility that the mother will experience constipation, heartburn, backache and swelling in the feet and ankles. By this time, nausea and vomiting is noticeably less. She may start feeling kicks and her bump may start showing.
Growth rate is slightly decreased in the sixth month, but the foetus becomes stronger. Eyelids and eyebrows are fully developed and white blood cells are produced to fight disease and infection. The foetus is responsive to sound, and touch and the skin is no longer transparent. If the baby is a boy, his testes will start developing in his abdomen. If the baby is a girl, her ovaries have already formed during month 3. The foetus will be approximately 33cm in the sixth month of pregnancy.
The mother’s bump will definitely start showing. Swelling of the feet and ankles are less, but the possibility of heartburn, back pain and hip pain is increased. Because of enlarged breasts and abdomen, she may notice some stretch marks. An increase in blood flow, may lead to the possibility of constipation, haemorrhoids and indigestion.
The third trimester is the last phase of pregnancy. For some women, it may be the most challenging part of whole pregnancy. During the third trimester of pregnancy, the baby grows to full size and prepares itself for birth. Having and holding your baby, increasingly becomes a reality during this trimester.
The 40.6cm long foetus gains weight and has toned muscles in the seventh month of pregnancy. Because of reduced womb space, the foetus’ movement is significantly decreased. The lungs have not reached maturity yet. The lungs and lung branches are still growing and developing. The foetus can cry, control its own temperature and suck its thumb to strengthen the cheek and jaw muscles. The bone marrow now produces red blood cells.
Indigestion, constipation, heartburn and swelling continues to cause discomfort in the seventh month of pregnancy. The mother may notice shortness of breath, difficulty in sleeping and increased urination as the bladder is under increasingly more pressure. Leg cramps are possible and reduced blood flow may cause itchy legs and calves. TAKE NOTE of premature labour signs like pink or brown discharge or amniotic fluid, as well as menstrual-like cramps and lower back pain.
The foetus will practise breathing, as well as opening and closing its eyes. The brain controls its body temperature and settles in the foetal position (chin on the chest and knees bent with arms and legs crossed). The foetus will weigh approximately 2.1kg at this developmental age.
Backache is very common in mothers that are 8 months pregnant. It may be a result of her expanded pelvis. Her uterus will harden and contract to prepare for labour. She may notice a yellowish fluid leaking from her breasts, called colostrum, which is released before milk production.
In the ninth month of pregnancy, the foetus develops to the size of a watermelon and will approximately weigh 3.3kg. During this month, the lungs develop to full maturity. The vernix will start disappearing and dissolving. The foetus will drop into the mother’s lower abdomen with its head down to prepare for birth. The foetus is ready to eat, breathe, kick and cry and has developed sleeping patterns. If the baby is a boy, his testes will descend into the scrotum at the fortieth week of pregnancy.
The mother may experience pelvic discomfort and increased urination. Pressure of her nerves, may cause temporary numbness of the hands, fingers and toes. Her uterus reaches maximum size and her cervix starts to thin out. Spotting indicates labour.
Oils During Pregnancy
Out of all the ways oils can be used, diffusing and inhaling essential oils during pregnancy, is considered the safest way. Oil molecules are small enough to pass through small blood vessels in the nasal cavity and is able to cross the blood brain barrier when inhaled. This way, the oil molecules travel to the foetus by crossing the placenta.
Ingestion and topical application of pure essential oils should be avoided, especially during the first trimester. When ingestion and application of essential oils are deemed completely necessary, it is important to remember not to use oils in unhealthy and unnatural quantities and concentrations. When applying essential oils, it should be diluted with a carrier oil.
Dilute essential oils with a carrier oil to form a 5-10% dilution. (1 drop of essential oil per 10-20 drops of carrier oil.) Remember that there are few studies supporting the use of stronger concentrations during pregnancy. It doesn’t necessarily mean that stronger concentrations are unsafe.
It is important to address some facts regarding the safe use of oils during pregnancy. It is widely believed that oils should be avoided altogether during pregnancy, however, this is not completely true. The simple reason for this assumption, is the lack of studies that support the use thereof during pregnancy. The lack in supportive studies, do not mean that the use of oils are harmful to the foetus.
Some oils should be avoided during the first trimester of pregnancy, but is safe for use in the second and third trimesters. This is because the first trimester is a crucial developmental stage in the life of the foetus, and the stability of the mother’s hormones (oestrogen and progesterone) are critical to support the foetus and to prevent a miscarriage. Oils have an effect on hormone levels and may or may not influence the stability of the mother’s hormones. It is safer to avoid the use thereof.
The use of essential oils during pregnancy continues to be a controversial point of discussion. The oils mentioned below is a standard list of oils to use and oils to avoid when pregnant. Keep in mind that there are not enough studies that support or reject the use of oils during pregnancy and that this list may differ from one person to another. Note the change in the list after the first trimester.
The first trimester of pregnancy is a crucial developmental time for the unborn baby, therefore essential oils should be used with the utmost caution during this time. It is advised to refrain from ingesting and applying oils topically. Diffusing certain oils from the start, is highly beneficial toward foetal development, especially brain development.
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Avoid (Application and Ingestion)
Second and Third Trimester
Now that the critical developmental and growth phase of the foetus had past and the mother’s hormones have stabilised, more oils become safe to use, because the life of the foetus is less endangered. Diffusing of essential oils is still advised above ingestion and application in the second and third trimester, but after the first trimester, ingestion and application holds less risks.
Only the additional oils are listed below.
Avoid (Application and Ingestion)
Only the additional oils are listed below.
As a pregnant woman’s body changes to facilitate foetal growth and to prepare for child birth, she is bound to experience some inconvenient health problems. Once again, this may differ from one person to another. The problems mentioned, is a standard list of common ailments that pregnant women may experience and ways to treat it.
Additional protocols are mentioned that are not necessarily linked to an ailment.
Cardamom, Ginger and Lemon oil aid in relieving morning sickness and nausea when used in a diffuser and applied to the temples after diluting it with a carrier oil. The Morning Sickness Roll-on is a blend compiled by Hadassah Healing Oils to specifically relieve morning sickness. It can be inhaled by using the cupping method and applied to the temples and neck.
Apply the Stretch Mark Blend twice a day, over the entire belly and abdomen throughout the pregnancy and afterwards. This will improve the elasticity of the skin, treat and prevent stretch marks.
Staying hydrated is extremely important for skin elasticity. Drinking a fair amount of water every day, is crucial.
Bloating & Heartburn
Mandarin, Peppermint and Orange oil help ease heartburn and an upset digestive tract. These oils can be diffused (3 drops of each) or inhaled using the cupping method (1 drop of each). When diluted with a carrier oil, it can also be applied to the chest, stomach and abdomen to help relax the digestive system.
he Acid Reflux Roll-On is effective when applied over the lower part of the sternum and inhale using the cupping method. DO NOT use during the first trimester of pregnancy.
When the baby is growing rapidly, it is normal that the pregnant mother will experience itching of the skin on the belly.
Combine 1 cup of shea butter with ½ cup of coconut oil and ½ cup of sweet almond oil. Add 4 drops of Frankincense, 4 drops of Rose Geranium, 6 drops of Helichrysum and 6 drops of Lavender. Apply regularly to help the skin adapt.
The Frankincense & Myrrh Body Butter can be applied topically to the irritated skin. The concentration of Myrrh in the product is not high enough to induce an abortion.
Black Pepper, Cardamom, Cypress, Geranium, Helichrysum, Lemongrass, Peppermint and Rosemary can be applied to the skin after diluting with a carrier oil.
Apply Varicose Veins Blend topically over the varicose veins. DO NOT use during the first trimester of pregnancy.
Topically apply 5 drops of the Haemorrhoid Blend anally, up to 3 times a day. DO NOT use during the first trimester of pregnancy.
Topically apply 5 drops of the Frankincense & Myrrh Blend anally, up to 3 times a day. DO NOT use during the first trimester of pregnancy.
Combine 8 drops of Cypress, 2 drops of Lavender and 2 drops of Frankincense with a tablespoon of carrier oil, like fractionated coconut oil. Place 10-12 cotton rounds in a jar and pour the mixture over it. Use 1 round every time you use the restroom. Remember to keep the lid on the jar at all times.
Copaiba, Ginger, Mandarin, Fennel, Marjoram, Lemon and Peppermint oil work well in relieving constipation. Dilute with a carrier oil and apply to the abdomen.
Topically apply the Constipation Roller over the stomach and lower back as needed. DO NOT use during the first trimester of pregnancy.
Dilute Lemon, Juniper Berry and Lavender with a carrier oil to form a 5-10% concentration and massage it into the legs, ankles and feet. These oils supports healthy kidney function and helps the body to remove toxins effectively.
Dilute 3 drops of Ginger, 2 drops of Cypress and 2 drops Lavender with 2 teaspoons carrier oil and massage it into the legs, ankles and feet.
Apply the Water Retention Blend over the kidneys and under the feet. DO NOT use during the first trimester of pregnancy.
Enough exercise plays an important part in reducing swelling, as it promotes and stimulates lymphatic drainage.
Frankincense, Roman Chamomile, Lavender, Neroli, Petitgrain and Rose oil can be diffused to ease distorted sleeping patterns. Remember that no more that 12 drops of essential oil should be added to a diffuser and stick to small amounts while pregnant.
Diffuse Sleep Blend and Cedarwood at night to improve sleep.
Dilute Peppermint, Black Pepper and Rosemary with a carrier oil and apply to the back.
Apply Pain Blend over the spine. DO NOT use during the first trimester of pregnancy.
Add 2-3 drops of Lemon to a glass of bottle of water and drink as usual.
Add Sandalwood (1 drop), Rose Geranium (2 drops), Lavender (2 drops) and ½ cup of Epsom Salt to your bath.
High Blood Pressure Support Blend can be applied over the heart (3-5 drops) and inhaled using the cupping method. DO NOT use during the first trimester of pregnancy.
Cold & Flu
Urinary Tract Infection
Dilute Juniper Berry, Rosemary, Lemongrass Cypress in a carrier oil and apply over the kidneys and bladder.
Apply Kidney & Bladder Blend over the kidneys and bladder. DO NOT use during the first trimester of pregnancy.
To improve foetal brain development, the following can be considered:
Diffuse 1 drop of each, Cedarwood, Frankincense, Patchouli, Sandalwood and Vetiver when sleeping.
Studies have shown that taking Frankincense internally, also improves foetal brain development. You can drink 1 capsule Frankincense Blend daily or add 2 drops of Frankincense essential oil to an empty capsule and fill it up with a carrier oil. Dring with a full glass of water.
In the blog about Trauma, we have discussed how trauma is genetically inherited. We have learned that trauma bonds and epigenetic markers can be removed from human DNA by using essential oils, because they penetrate deeply into the body cells.
Diffuse Trauma Blend to deactivate miswritten cellular information and to rewrite cellular information of the mother and the foetus, back into its original blueprint.
When pregnant, the female body produces high levels of progesterone to keep the endometrium in tact. Progesterone also helps the uterus to grow and keeps it from contracting, which could lead to miscarriage.
Although prevention of a miscarriage is not guaranteed, the following oils will aid in keeping progesterone levels high:
Diffuse 1 drop of each Thyme, Frankincense, Ginger, Lavender and Marjoram at night while sleeping.
Miscarriage leaves a women’s body injured and confused. It is normal for her hormones levels to be unstable, because of physical and emotional trauma.
To help the body heal from within, apply the Reproductive System Cleanser internally (vaginally) for 1 week after the miscarriage. Drink 1 capsule Hormone Balance Blend daily and apply 5 drops over the stomach and lower back to help stabilise the unbalanced hormone levels.
Diffuse Trauma Blend at night while sleeping.
A woman is created to be a gateway. The womb is designed to receive and to give. The 9 month journey of pregnancy is a time of development for the baby, as well as a time of preparation for the mother and father. As the parents are emotionally preparing to raise and look after another human being, the mother’s body is physically preparing to birth and to nurse the baby.
The anticipation of meeting your baby only grows greater as the end of the pregnancy is drawing near. For some women, this is a time they fear greatly. Giving birth is known to be a painful process. We read about it in Scripture as well. “To the woman He said, ‘I greatly increase your sorrow and your conception – bring forth children in pain. And your desire is for your husband, and he does rule over you.'” – Genesis 3:16.
However, it should not be feared. It is a totally normal process and a woman’s body is designed with the ability to give birth.
Oils During Birth
Essential oils effectively assist in all aspects of labour and delivery.
When your water breaks, drink 1 capsule with 2 drops Myrrh, 2 drops Clary Sage, 2 drops Rosemary and fill with a carrier oil. Frankincense & Myrrh Blend is a good oil to use as a carrier.
Hourly apply Frankincense & Myrrh Blend over the spine, pelvis and belly. Add 2 drops of each Myrrh and Clary Sage to jump start contractions.
Hourly apply Birth Support Roll-On over the spine, navel and pelvis when birth pains start.
Dilute Black Pepper, Clary Sage, Rose Geranium, Jasmine, Cypress, Frankincense, Lavender and Rose essential oils in Sweet Almond or Jojoba as the carrier. Apply over the uterus and the lower back to help with pain management.
Inhale essential oils (2-3 drops at a time) using the cupping method.
Add Clary Sage, Rose Geranium, Lavender, Jasmine, Rose and ½ cup of Epsom Salt to a warm bath. The warm water will help muscles and thus ease the pain of contractions.
Dilute Fennel, Clary sage and Rose Geranium with a carrier oil and apply over the breast, excluding the nipple area, between feedings to increase lactation.
Topically apply Milk Mamma over milk ducts and underarm lymph. Use between feeds
An episiotomy is a surgical incision (between the vagina and the anus) made before delivery to enlarge the vaginal opening.
Topically apply the Wounds and Scrapes Blend over the wound.
Add 4 drops of each, Frankincense, Myrrh, Lavender and Tea Tree to 1 cup of Epsom Salt. Add everything to your warm bath (at least 15-20 minutes).
Post Partum Depression
Stimulate Immune Response
Apply 1 drop of pure Myrrh oil to the navel of the baby.
The navel is the point from which the baby received all of its nutrition and nutrients for 9 months. It is the main connection point of the entire body. When Myrrh is applied to the navel of the baby, an immune response is stimulated. For the lack of a better word, it can be resembled to a “vaccine”.
Myrrh symbolises the blood of Yah’shua/Jesus that washes us clean from sin and curses. Myrrh has the ability to cleanse our body cells and it codes immunity against multiple ailments, on the DNA.
Myrrh says, “Victory has been claimed over this illness.”
Yah’shua/Jesus says, “My blood paid for the sins of man.”