Afterbirth Pains Get Worse With Each Pregnancy
Author: Amanda P.
Skill: Massage Therapist
Word Count: 265
Questions Received: 1
Testimonial ID: 10443-OR
Scientific Studies: 4
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I had been able to use several essential oils instead of harsher options during my most recent pregnancy and birth, but the three that stand out to me the most are Clary Sage, PanAway, and Fennel.
I was able to use Clary Sage to help labor progress at 40 weeks 2 days by rubbing it on my belly and continuing to diffuse it during labor. I was also told several times that my afterbirth pains would be worse this time since it was my third pregnancy, and I couldn't use ibuprofen because it causes a severe rash on my hands. I didn't want to use it anyway.
So when the extremely painful afterbirth pains hit, I remembered that I had some PanAway which was supposed to be good for cramps and muscle spasms. I applied it to the area where I was feeling cramps and, lo and behold, experienced immediate relief from my pain. Not only did it relieve my cramps quicker, but it was also much more relieving than when I had just used the ibuprofen last time... and with no nasty side effects.
Also, my son did not nurse well at first, so I took Fennel essential oil to make sure my milk came in well and continued to use it if I had times that I thought my milk supply had been lowered.
I am so glad we have found a clean, non-side-effect-ridden way to support our health in so many areas. I never knew before joining this company that there were this many essential oils and that they had so many, many uses!
Additional keyword(s) assigned by the editor: labor, delivery, perineal, perineum, pregnancy, pregnant, childbirth, episiotomy, postpartum, prenatal, birth, birthing, effaced, cramping.
|Supporting Scientific Studies|
|1.||"The methods of aromatherapy were applied sitz bath or soap application using essential oils with Lavender, Myrrh, Neroli, Rose, Grapefruit, Mandarin, Orange, and Roman Chamomile.... [T]hese findings indicate that postpartum aromatherapy for perineal care could be effective in healing the perineum."||Link|
|2.||"Foeniculum vulgare Mill, commonly called fennel, has been used in traditional medicine for a wide range of ailments related to digestive, endocrine, reproductive, and respiratory systems. Additionally, it is also used as a galactagogue agent for lactating mothers.... Foeniculum vulgare has emerged as a good source of traditional medicine and it provides a noteworthy basis in pharmaceutical biology for the development/formulation of new drugs and future clinical uses."||Link|
|3.||"[T]he level and duration of menstrual pain and the amount of menstrual bleeding were significantly lower in the aromatherapy group than in the placebo group. These results suggest that aromatherapy is effective in alleviating menstrual pain, its duration, and excessive menstrual bleeding. Aromatherapy can be provided as a nonpharmacological pain relief measure and as a part of nursing care given to girls suffering of dysmenorrhea or excessive menstrual bleeding."||Link|
|4.||"Peppermint oil is harmless and acts locally to inhibit GI [gastrointestinal] smooth muscle contraction.... Peppermint oil solution administered intraluminally can be used as an antispasmodic agent with superior efficacy and fewer side effects than hyoscine-N-butylbromide...."||Link|
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