2 Simple Self Care Tips for Moms-to-Be and New Moms
1. Experiment with essential oils as a self care tool
Essential oils are powerful. They have the ability to be used medicinally in more ways than we can imagine. I use essential oils everyday for different things from uplifting my mood to healing sunburns quickly.
However, the most value I've found from essential oil is in the self care aspect. There's something so grounding about diffusing a cedarwood, Douglas fir, and vetiver blend after a long day of work. The smells actually change my mood and support my well being, more than I would have ever been able to suspect before experiencing it.
That's why I believe essential oils can be so incredibly helpful for moms-to-be and new moms. The process of being pregnant, birthing a baby, and raising a new child can be a beautiful time of overflowing love and joy, but it can also be a time of great upheaval. Simple things like diffusing an oil that grounds you can be the difference between an awful day and awful moment.
There are safety concerns around using essential oils during pregnancy so I generally recommend women who are pregnant refrain from ingesting oils at any time and stick to these 10, which are completely safe for pregnant and nursing moms.
- Ylang ylang
- Black pepper
- German chamomile
- Wild Orange
2. Experiment with Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)
EFT is a simple, yet powerful tool that I use in my practice all the time. It's a blend between acupressure, cognitive behavioral therapy, and exposure therapy.
It can be used to overcome the normal concerns, fears, or insecurities that may arise during pregnancy and during child birth. By creating changes in thoughts and beliefs women can change their experience. The normal shift of hormones during pregnancy often brings a great fluctuation of emotions, and often issues that have been unresolved may come to the surface. this is true in both pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum period.
EFT is well recognized for its ability to facilitate the release of negative emotions. Many of the physical symptoms associated with pregnancy can also be mitigated or relieved. And once there is greater comfort and east EFT can be utilized to strengthen your positive thoughts and visualizations of idea birth allowing you to move forward with greater confidence.
EFT utilizes the same system – the meridian system – that acupuncturists use during their therapeutic sessions. Rather than stimulating these points with needles, EFT creates the stimulations through a gentle tapping or ones own fingers while repeating short statements about a particular memory, belief, experience or physical symptom. Past experiences, even past trauma can be cleared away with this method. As the energy meridian system is activated through the tapping, the body memory associated with the incident or belief is transformed.
I’ve found that EFT is most useful in times of great emotional turmoil which are bound to come up during pregnancy during the birth process, and the postpartum period. It’s a wonderful tool to have in your toolbox for all phases of life and motherhood.
If you’re interested in learning more about essentials oils pertaining to pregnancy and children, and how to practice EFT, come to my workshop. The importance of Self Care Before and After Pregnancy at the mama ‘hood on October 21st from 1-2pm. Register by calling the mama ‘hood at (303) 643-5662.
To schedule a complimentary private 20 minute session email me at Ciara@clarawisner.com or follow this link.
Ciara Wisner is a Certified Nutrition Therapy Practitioner and Lifestyle Coach of rEvolutionary Lifestyle. She attended the Nutritional Therapy Institute in Denver, CO from 2012-2015. Ciara Wisner is also a Certified Primal Expert, an Emotional Freedom Technique practitioner, and a Level 1 Voice Dialogue Vacillator.
Ciara specializes in helping women ditch toxic habits and release the self-sabotaging beliefs that keep them from creating the health and happiness they desire with her unique coaching approach that addresses mental, physical, spiritual, and emotional health.
Having a highly critical education in nutrition, Ciara blends this scientific knowledge of biology and physiology, with her deep and personal understanding of the emotional components of dietary and lifestyle change. By blending the clinical with the energetic, Ciara creates customized nutrition and lifestyle programs tat facilitate true mind-body transformation for her clients.
To learn more visit to her website at www.ciarawisner.com.