Essential Oils for Babies, Toddlers and Children

I love my essential oils, and use them on a daily basis for my own health, self care and skin regime.Since having my daughter, I’m even more committed to using essential oils for the health and wellbeing of our family.

I’ve previously written about essential oils in my Essential Oils 101 series.

See Part 1 for information regarding the benefits. See Part 2 for how to use essential oils .

The focus today’s article is how to incorporate essential oils into your life as mum.

 

Which oils are safe to use for babies, toddlers and children

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Part Three – My Birthing Guide

I wanted to share with you some of the highlights from the birth of my beautiful daughter, Piper. But more importantly,  I want to recommend some strategies, tips and tools that I found to be extremely helpful when preparing for child birth.

Part Three – My Birthing Guide

28f34c8950597aeeca12e4553a4b90ceHow to Bust Through Birthing Fear

The biggest key to a natural birth is to trust the wisdom of your body. Busting through fear was the biggest hurdle in my birthing preparation. I was really scared of all the things that could go “wrong”, but mostly of the pain.

Fear can elicit the stress response, and stress has been found to delay or even stop the birthing process. When a woman was giving birth in the wild, if a tiger was to appear in the distance, the stress response delays labour to enable the woman to move to a safe location. But when we are unnecessarily stressed during labour, a woman’s cervix can even reduce dilation! So by reducing fear, we can reduce the likelihood of eliciting the stress response. And here’s how:

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Part Two – My Pregnancy Guide

I wanted to share with you some of the highlights from the birth of my beautiful daughter, Piper (which you can read here if you missed it). But more importantly,  I want to recommend some strategies, tips and tools that I found to be extremely helpful when falling pregnant and preparing for childbirth.

Part Two – My Pregnancy Guide

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Congratulations!

There are many things to prepare for once you’ve found out you are pregnant.

Amongst all the shopping and deciding  on a name, there is a lot to organise and to do. My recommendation for the best thing that you can do for you and your baby is to educate yourself.

Best Documentaries

MicroBirth

This is a MUST-SEE. The cutting edge research into the microbiome, this documentary dives deep into the process of “inoculating” the baby through the birthing process. There was so much information in this documentary that I had not read anywhere else.

You can watch the full movie here using the free trial with FMTV. 

Or check out the trailer below:

 

movie-poster-3The Milky Way

This documentary provides so much information about the benefits of breastfeeding. Whilst it largely focusses on the US, there is still a lot of similarities in Australian culture. This documentary will empower you to pursue breastfeeding when the time comes and to question your beliefs about what is acceptable when it comes to breastfeeding in public or when returning to work.

Learn more about it here.

My Favourite Pregnancy and Birthing Books

I spent many nights before bed reading a pregnancy/birthing book of some kind. In total, I read about 9 different books! But below are a collection of my favourites.

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Part One – My Pre-Pregnancy Guide

I wanted to share with you some of the highlights from the birth of my beautiful daughter, Piper. But more importantly,  I want to recommend some strategies, tips and tools that I found to be extremely helpful for falling pregnant and when preparing for child birth.

Part One – My Pre-Pregnancy Guide

Monthly Cycles

In order to fall pregnant, you must learn about your monthly cycles.

debunking-ovulation-affiliate-bannerIf you aren’t sure exactly how your body works, you can’t go past Dr Nat Kringoudis and her amazing quest to educate women. You might think you know about the facts of life, but there is so much more detail that we aren’t taught in school, or in magazines, or by our own mums. The Debunking Ovulation e-course* is a reasonably priced, two-part course delivered online that will teach you how to understand your own body and its cycles. Find what I thought of the course here.

In addition, I highly recommend tracking your cycles using an app. I personally love Kindara, which is a free app allowing you to plot on a graph your temperatures and cervical fluid changes, making pinpointing ovulation really easy. Once you’ve collected a few months worth of data, you will start to be able to see the signs your body gives you in the lead up to ovulation.

For those of you who are interested in learning more about conditions that affect your cycles and fertility, such as PCOS, please see more information here.

Pre-Pregnancy Health

I want to encourage those wanting to fall pregnant not to rush the process. Pregnancy and birth are both very taxing on the body. If possible, you should look at detoxing and making some lifestyle changes before trying to conceive. You might consider spending 6 – 12 months on your health before trying to conceive. My best tips are below:

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My Birthing Story

I thought I might share with you some of the highlights from the birth of my beautiful daughter, Piper. It is such a significant part of every new parents life, so I really can’t go without sharing!

But more importantly, as I know I have audience members currently pregnant or trying to conceive, I want to recommend some strategies, tips and tools that I found to be extremely helpful for falling pregnant and preparing for child birth. I have divided these up into a three-part series.

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Piper’s Birth

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