Essential Oils for Pregnancy, Birth & Babies by Stephanie FritzThis slim volume is a quick and easy read, and a wonderful resource for those who are newly acquainted with essential oils. It also covers most of the subjects (e.g., nutrition, labor, newborn care) likely to be of relevance to pregnant women and new moms, as well as their caregivers.
HOWEVER (and these are signficant caveats):
1) The author must have been paid by doTERRA to produce this book, because the brand name comes up at least once per chapter/section. This isnt to say that the information presented is any less accurate, but I have to seriously question the motive in Fritz telling her readers to use certain oils every single day of pregnancy.
2) Along the lines of the point above, I have to wonder whether it really is advisable to use such quantities of oils without dilution. Women are hearty, no doubt, but pregnancy can change our basic makeup and it would seem to me advisable to experiment first with dilute amounts of the oils. To say that an oil is perfectly safe is misleading and, if wrong, possibly dangerous.
3) The term Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade (TM) is a trademark of doTERRA. Dont be misled into believing that other brands of oils are not also pure or certified or of therapeutic grade.
4) The writing is terrible, and poorly edited to boot. Brace yourself for misspellings, sentence fragments, and generally weak sentence structure.
With those caveats in mind, readers may still find this book to be an excellent resource. But I find it sufficiently misleading that Im not inclined to recommend it, either to the general reader or to people I know. There must be better resources out there for information on essential oils during pregnancy and birth -- ones that are less biased toward a particular brand, and a little more even-handed in their recommendations on usage quantity.
What You Need to Know About Essential Oils for Pregnancy
Look Inside. Nov 20, ISBN This practical guide helps expecting mothers discover the health benefits of aromatherapy to improve the childbirth experience Many women experience anxiety and fear during childbirth. I enjoyed gaining many new insights and was impressed by the scientific references. Engaging and helpful at every turn!
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 breathed in. The effects of aromatherapy can be wide-ranging, from helping alleviate insomnia to easing nausea. These plant oils contain chemicals that can be absorbed by your body — which means they have the potential to cross the placenta and reach your growing baby. These essential oils are generally considered beneficial during pregnancy — but still make sure to check with your practitioner before using any:. The educational health content on What To Expect is reviewed by our team of experts to be up-to-date and in line with the latest evidence-based medical information and accepted health guidelines, including the medically reviewed What to Expect books by Heidi Murkoff.
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Essential Oils in Pregnancy & Birth
Then the thought starts to surface: Maybe this aromatherapy starter kit is something you really could use—after all, your pregnant self is feeling pretty exhausted and nauseated these days. But before you take out your credit card, do some research. While aromatherapy can, in some cases, be helpful, the science is mixed, the quality of products varies greatly and certain oils are potentially harmful for pregnant women. For the safest, most effective essential oil experience, read on. In this article: What are essential oils?