By Jessica Cobb, Certified Aromatherapist
Though pregnancy is a magic time of wonder and excitement, it also comes with its own set of aches, pains, and anxiety. Today, modern women and mothers-to-be are more educated about their medical options and many new moms are looking for more natural alternatives to support bodily health as the baby grows. That obviously includes CBD! But can you safely use CBD during pregnancy?
Using CBD During Pregnancy
CBD has been making headlines since the December 20, 2018 Farm Bill made it legal to purchase federally. There’s so much buzz about the potential benefits of using CBD to support overall health, from easing physical discomfort to potentially helping with mental health, both of which are incredibly common for pregnant women. It’s no wonder that modern moms are wondering about how, and if, you can use CBD while pregnant. Especially since CBD is attractive as a more natural option than prescription medication.
Here’s the short answer, because we want to get right to it: There is just not enough scientific evidence to yet determine an answer. And since Plant Therapy takes our children’s health and safety very seriously, at this time we do not recommend using CBD while pregnant.
Developing Endocannabinoid Systems
Babies do also have an endocannabinoid system, even as a fetus, so it might be tempting to just assume CBD would be ok. But we also know that everything a pregnant woman takes in has the potential to affect a developing baby. This means that if you consume CBD, it could potentially have an impact on your baby and your baby’s endocannabinoid system. And at this time, we just don’t know what that impact might be.
Most research done on cannabinoids focuses on THC and the effects and impact it could have on a developing baby. Early results suggest that it may be possible for THC to affect birth weight or embryo growth, neither of which are good things for your baby. While our broad-spectrum CBD does not contain THC, and we know that CBD and THC have very different effects on adult bodies, there are just no clear answers yet as to if CBD is safe for developing babies and pregnant women.
But What About Breastfeeding?
The same is true of breastfeeding! We know that what a breastfeeding mother consumes can be transferred to the baby via breastmilk. And as with pregnancy, there just isn’t enough evidence to say how ingesting CBD will impact a baby’s own developing endocannabinoid system.
So it goes without saying that if you’re thinking about taking CBD while pregnant, be sure to talk to your doctor first.
But even if you decide CBD is not for you, there are other natural ways to support your health during this amazing time.
Natural Pregnancy Support
By Tyler Hagan, Certified Aromatherapist
As we’ve established already, pregnancy is a magical time that comes with lots of new excitement. In addition to that excitement comes a new adventure with many different obstacles to overcome. Naturally, you are probably be looking for safe, effective ways to deal with it all. Unfortunately, as of right now we recommend marking CBD off the list. But never fear, Plant Therapy still had you covered! Instead of CBD, let’s take a look at other products Plant Therapy has to offer you during this exciting time of life.
Calming the Child
Our Calming the Child blend is the perfect blend to help you combat some of the worry, doubt, and anxiety that comes with new life adventures like pregnancy. Calming the Child contains 100% pure, undiluted essential oils of Mandarin, Tangerine, Lavender and Chamomile Roman. Because these turbulent feelings can strike at any time, we’d recommend using this blend in a personal inhaler that you can take with you and use whenever you need.
Our Self Esteem blend, which is a blend of 100% pure, undiluted essential oils of Black Spruce, Frankincense Carteri, Ho Wood, and Blue Tansy, is the perfect blend at helping to boost your self-esteem when paired with other practices like meditation. For a calming, self-esteem boosting meditation practice, we recommend diffusing Self Esteem in 30 seconds on, 60 seconds off increments.
I recommend picking a personal mantra to pair with your meditation as well. Personal mantras can help clear the noise and add more focus to your meditation. For this particular issue, I have had great luck using the mantra, “Aham Prema” (Aah-ham pree-mah) which translates to “I am divine love”. Use it as a reminder to accept, admire, appreciate, and love yourself and those around you. As always, you can choose the personal mantra that works best for you. Just repeat it throughout the duration of your meditation practice.
Lastly, our Tension Tamer blend will take care of the rest of the aches and pains that come with pregnancy. It’s a blend of 100% pure, undiluted essential oils of Lavender, Palmarosa, Geranium Bourbon, Lemon, and Chamomile Roman. Diluted at 1%, Tension Tamer can help relieve some occasional head and neck tension. My personal recommendation is to dilute it in an unscented lotion that you can apply to any area of concern as needed. For any other aches or pains, I’d recommend swapping Tension Tamer out for our lovely Sore No More blend. Just be sure to keep the same 1% dilution.
For more information on using essential oils safely during pregnancy, please check out our other blog post here. We also have a Facebook group for all your essential oil-related questions, Safe Essential Oil Recipes.
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