Research shows that massage during pregnancy can:
- aid sleep and relaxation
- boost immunity
- calm and soothe
- energise and revitalise
- stimulate removal of ‘toxins’ from the body
- improve skin tone, texture and elasticity
- improve circulation
- reduce stress and anxiety
- reduce tension and fatigue
- reduce muscular discomfort
How can using oils help me in my pregnancy?
Are oils safe to use during pregnancy?
The oils we use are carefully selected and blended to be safe to use during pregnancy. Essential oils need to be carefully used during pregnancy and are include at safe percentages. Please inform your Midwife or Doctor when you are using complementary therapies.
How do I prevent stretch marks?
To reduce the risk of stretch marks regularly massage your tum, boobs and thighs with a natural, omega rich oil that is absorbed into your skin and does not leave an oily residue on your skin. Avoid mineral oils that tend to sit on the surface of your skin. If the oil is not absorbed it cannot help the cells in the skin to stretch as your tummy grows.
Motherlylove have selected carrier oils that are very similar to your skins own sebum(oil) and are therefore readily absorbed into the skin.
How can oils help my unborn baby?
Clinical trials have shown how babies can benefit in their growth and development, when the mother is more relaxed and less anxious.
In many parts of the world, pregnant and postnatal women are massaged regularly to promote a feeling of well being. Massage is a drug free, non-invasive, therapy that can be used throughout pregnancy, labour and the postnatal period.
Can I blend my own?
We do not advise that you blend your own. Many oils appear the same as the oils we use in Motherlylove blends, but have different Latin names. You must take caution as to which oils you choose. We have chosen these combinations as we know the chemistry and the proportions of these powerful elements that are safe to use.
Can I use blends off the high street?
Aromatherapy oils from specialist shops may smell lovely but cannot offer the same assurance of safety and purity during pregnancy. For an effective, soothing treatment, you should use an oil designed for purpose by a qualified Aromatherapist/midwife. All the Motherlylove oils are designed to be safe for use before, during and after childbirth.
Can I take the oils to the hospital with me?
Yes, please inform the midwife when you arrive at the hospital that you intend to use oils. The bottles Motherlylove use are not too big, plus the bottles have an easy flip top to use and the right size to hold in one hand for massage. The 14 & 34 Week & Beyond Packs are in a handy reusable clear zip bag that can easily be put into your case for traveling or taking to the labour ward.
Yes, please inform the midwife when you arriveat the hospital that you intend to use oils. The bottles Motherlylove use are not too big, plus the bottles have an easy flip top to use and the right size to hold in one hand for massage. The 14 & 34 Week & Beyond Packs are in a handy reusable clear zip bag that can easily be put into your case for traveling or taking to the labour ward.
Can I use oils during contractions?
An aromatherapy massage can help you and your partner to relax during labour. This can help you physically in aspects such as your breathing, which can extend to other welfare during the birthing process. If you are relaxed, you will be much more in control of your baby’s birth.
Can using the oils reduce the need for pain relief?
Couples who use aromatherapy oils during labour often see less need for outside pain relief. Research shows massage in labour reduces pain, shortens labour and helps you feel relaxed and cared for. Massage of pressure points can reduce the need for pain relief and increase the bonding of the couple during labour.
Why can’t I just use olive oil?
The vegetable oils you have in the cupboard have been treated with high temperatures, which gives them a long shelf life, but it kills off the vitamins which occurred naturally in them. Using industrial oils means you get none of the anti-oxidant properties, nor will these oils benefit the skin in the same way that natural vegetable (carrier) oils would.
Why use Motherlylove Massage Oils?
Each and every oil we make is carefully developed with you and your baby’s well-being in mind. All our oil are chosen for their nearest to nature quality and have ‘No Nasties’. They are made in the UK. We belong to the Aromatherapy Trade Council. All products are registered with the EU Cosmetics Directory.
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I am delighted to share my expertise as a midwife, clinician and aromatherapist, as I have created this range of luxurious Motherlylove products to use at this exciting time of your life. For forty years and on two continents, I’ve helped thousands of mums and their partners have a positive birthing experience both in hospital and at home.
I always knew that doctors would accept the practice more happily, however, if the science behind it were available, and so I have spent much of my career promoting the benefits of natural birth and massage aromatherapy. This pursuit led me to earn a degree at Greenwich University, where I obtained a BSc (Hons), Complementary Therapy (Aromatherapy), on top of my extensive nursing, midwifery, and anaesthetic qualifications.
We’re happy to answer your questions: if you can’t find the information you need about our products on the website www.motherlylove.co.uk, feel free to get in touch, firstname.lastname@example.org
By Jan Bastard BSc. (Hons) complementary therapy/aromatherapy, RN, RM, Anaesthetic Diploma, IAIM.