I have had a few people ask me if I would share what all I used during pregnancy, labor & postpartum and there is a lot to talk about so I figured I would do another blog post all about it 😊
If you know me then you know I have been trying to transition to healthier options of caring for myself and my family for a couple years now. We love Young Living and all of the oils & products they offer because they are so amazing for our bodies!
I will go through and break down what I used for each stage of growing and getting sweet Hazel into the world.
***back story for those who don’t know. I experienced a miscarriage in May of 2017 which was so incredibly hard and my heart goes out to any of you reading this who have had to walk that road.
In May of 2017 I started using a product called Progessence Plus to help my body get back on track after having walked through a miscarriage and I found out I was pregnant again in July, only 2 months later! Pro+ basically gets your body and hormones all functioning how they are meant to by using a form of natural progesterone found in wild yams mixed with essential oils. You also need a healthy level of progesterone to maintain a pregnancy so it is just awesome for women’s bodies, pregnant or not, you should be using this product to keep you balanced.
I started taking prenatal vitamins before I got pregnant and of course continued to take them my entire pregnancy. I had read about folic acid vs folate and I decided I wanted to find a vitamin with folate instead of folic acid. I won’t go into lots of detail on the difference, you should go google it for yourself. I ended up taking SmartyPants Prenatal gummies, I love them!
None of us get enough greens in our diet so I take Young Living’s Multigreen capsules to make sure I get enough greens in my body.
NingXia Red. This stuff is seriously amazing. It is the highest antioxidant drink on the market, it is made from Wolfberries and also includes plum, aronia, cherry, blueberry and pomegranate juices and extracts. In addition to these antioxidant ingredients, NingXia Red includes pure vanilla extract, Lemon, Orange, Yuzu, and Tangerine essential oils. I took this most days (if I remembered – pregnancy brain). You can get them in 2oz packets which is my favorite, I keep some in my purse & diaper bag so I always have some on me.
This may be TMI but here we go. In the 3rd trimester I used a Young Living product called Claraderm. So Claraderm is known to help prep things “down there” for birth if you catch my drift #teamnotear. I sprayed it on my perineum every day and I can proudly say that I had less than a 1st degree tear. With Hudson, my first born, I had a 3rd degree tear and I can tell you right now that recovery this time has been SO much better. Hazel was even a bigger baby and she came super fast so I give lots of credit to Claraderm for that!
The last week of my pregnancy I started taking evening primrose oil capsules. Not sure if they did much but again, my delivery was so quick and relatively easy (see that story here) that I am giving lots of credit to all of the products I used.
Red raspberry leaf tea. I drank this all of the 3rd trimester. I am a tea person so I really enjoyed drinking tea already, I would have 2-3 cups a day towards the end.
Labor & Delivery
I brought my diffuser and a couple of oils with me to the hospital, Frankincense & StressAway. Once we were admitted I got my hubby to get the diffuser set up and started diffusing Frankincense while I labored in the tub.
In my mind I was planning to rub some StressAway on my chest once I got out of the tub but things progressed so quickly I didn’t think about it. Hind sight I should have grabbed that instead of asking for an epidural but oh well!
I brought NingXia Red & NingXia Zyng, Young Living’s carbonated drink, to the hospital as well. Dan and I enjoyed those once we were settled into our room on the mom & baby floor.
I brought Young Living’s baby shampoo (the hospital will use Johnson & Johnson and I say heck no to that junk!) We ended up opting out of a bath at the hospital all together but for her first bath at home that is what I used, it is the best! Everyone comments on how amazing Hazel’s skin is for a newborn and I have to give credit to the baby wash. No harsh chemicals have been used on my girl and that makes me a happy mama.
I also brought a pack of the Seedlings baby wipes, for me & for Hazel. They are great for washing your face & as makeup remover wipes.
Other items I had in my bag:
+Bralette & robe
+Swaddle & bows
+Sweatpants, nursing tank, hoodie
+Flip-flops & socks
+Hair goes & bobby pins
+Thieves Hand Purifier
+Lavender lip balm
+Thieves toothpaste (actually I had the whole Young Living travel kit!)
+Savvy Minerals Makeup
Young Living released a whole line of toxin free makeup a year ago and it is the best makeup I have ever used, hands down. I also love that when I snuggle my babies I am not exposing them to any harsh chemicals. I can smooch them all day long with no worries.
I think that about does it. I’m sure there are a few things I forgot…I am running on little sleep these days after all.
I hope you found this helpful! ❤