Birthing Inspiration from April the Giraffe

Birthing Inspiration from April the Giraffe

This weekend I had so many people come up to me while I've been traveling in California with my family while my little baby was being carried on my chest in a sling to talk. First they would comment on what a sweet attentive baby he is. Then they would tell me excitedly how they watched April the Giraffe give birth live on the internet on Saturday morning! 

I was amazed how many people of all ages told me they saw April give birth, and how they'd been checking in to the live cam for weeks. I felt this openness of wonder toward my baby and desire to connect from these strangers, especially because they were recently awed by the wonder of natural unassisted birth. 

I just love that April the Giraffe gave birth to her baby on April 15th - because that's also the day that I first gave birth, to my eldest son Ari, who just turned 17 years old!!! I can't believe that I have a 17 year old son, a 5 year old, and a 4 month old! My boys all inspire and motivate me so much to work to make the world safer and healthier for families and children.

When Ari was born at home in Seattle, WA in 2000, it deeply committed me to the importance of supporting mothers, babies and families to have empowered gentle births. He was born at home with two midwives and a doula present. It was an amazing powerful experience that opened me to the incredible reserves of power and potential that we hold as women bringing life forth. 

I was already experienced as a birth and postpartum doula, and pre and perinatal massage therapist, which gave me the confidence at age 21 to choose a home birth with midwives, and after Ari's birth I continued to pursue deeper studies and experience in the midwifery and birthing arts, as well as holistic birth and women's health education and advocacy.

My 4 month old Jasper was born unassisted at home this winter in our cottage in the midst of a gentle snow.

My husband Jahsah played the didgeridoo (the long Australian wind instrument) during almost every contraction I had for the last 4 hours of my labor - which was the most amazingly effective natural pain relief to my great joy and surprise! He could see how significantly it would ease my pain, as soon as he started playing I would take a deep breath and shift from uncontrollable moaning to a calm centered space, and so he played the didgeridoo over and over again from midnight to near 4 am in the morning when he caught our baby as I pushed him out on my knees halfway between the kitchen and the front door.

It was absolutely amazing and I'm still soaking in the power of that experience. 

My 5 year old son Jeva (who prefers to be called Guy), was my first unassisted birth, in a warm tub of water with beautiful music playing who awakened me to embrace my sovereign power as a mother. You can read more about my birth experiences with Guy and Ari in my book "How to Have an Awesome Birth", which is a 300+ page bonus with the Awesome Birth Teacher Training.

Birth is a huge part of my life. I've been supporting moms, dads, babies and families for almost 20 years.

I believe every mother should feel safe in birth, and has the right to choose where and with whom she births.

I believe that all mothers should have access to affordable, mother and baby friendly healthcare in pregnancy, birth and postpartum, whether that's with compassionate obstetricians, midwives or family. 

Primal Birth Wisdom for Natural Mamas

I hope that April the Giraffe who's birth was witnessed by millions live on the internet, has opened people to remember that we are all mammals, and mammals birth best when they feel safe and undisturbed. Read this story on my blog about how elephants birth best with other female elephants present.

Mamas and babies are designed for birth, and when given the space, time and patience, instinctively know what to do. 

Did you see April the Giraffe give birth? What was most impactful for you about this experience?

Many blessings and gratitude, 

Kara

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Mercury Retrograde: Why It's Positively Awesome

Mercury Retrograde is Awesome

It's Mercury Retrograde!

What feelings does that bring up in you when someone says that?

Do you groan and think, "Oh no! That's why everything is so crazy." 

Why do we do this?

So that then we can blame life's mundane regular challenges on planetary forces beyond our control?

Then do you get worried about all the activities you've been planning and looking forward to over the next 3 weeks?

I want to share with you why Mercury Retrograde is an awesome time.

It feels to me that many astrology buffs play to the fear-factor element of the cosmic dance. Perhaps it's based upon honoring the remnants of our ancestral memories, when people feared the unknown forces of nature. 

Yet truly Mercury retrograde is just a matter of perception. For the planet Mercury is always moving forward in the sky. It just seems from our Earthly point of view to be going in reverse for a period of three weeks a few times each year. 

Retrograde isn't about Mercury actually going backwards, but about how we see Mercury. 

Thus, Mercury Retrograde is an opportunity to shift our point of view and change the way we perceive this whole situation and the happenstances of our lives. 

Mercury Retrograde Change of Perception

I have found that Mercury Retrograde is an awesome time for many things. Being a Gemini, Mercury is the planetary ruler of my Sun sign, so I always felt like Mercury Retrograde was a holiday that I got to be a part of, when Mercury was being talked about, and everyone was paying attention to what he was up to. 

Mercury is a very important Roman God, known as the son of Maia and Jupiter. He is the patron of finances, communication, luck, divination, poetry, travel, boundaries, and abundance.

As his mother Maia is the Goddess of midwifery, guiding souls through the journey to birth, he guides souls to the underworld. Mercury also carries the dreams of Morpheus to sleeping humans. 

Mercury is similar to the Greek God Hermes, the god of magic and messages.

He's also the archetype that the modern superhero The Flash is based upon (which is one of my favorite TV shows of all time - the recent Supergirl/Flash musical crossover episode was amazing).

The elemental energy of Mercury is about trusting in the flow of prosperity, words, opportunity, and higher spiritual forces at work. Mercury is a guide, he assists souls in their journey. 

Many people find plans go awry during Mercury Retrograde, as well as blame a myriad of random unfortunate events on this planetary perception.

I propose that one may need to loosen one's personal plans during Mercury Retrograde to have faith in the divine journey. 

This is an ideal time to align deeper with our soul mission and dedication to service for others. 

I love Mercury Retrograde! I get a LOT done during this time by harnessing the energy of this period. However, it's not always how I plan it.

A big part of maximizing Mercury retrograde is loosening your ideas of what you think is going to happen and trusting in the higher purpose of what is actually happening. 

Though you could speed through work and activities, this is a good time to slow down and go with the flow.

Why Mercury Retrograde is Awesome 

Mercury Retrograde: Why Retro is Awesome

Retro is Hot

I've been rekindling my love of retro style recently. The above photo is my 3 month old and I at the Ashland Hills Hotel in Oregon, which is recently remodeled and designed honoring the style of the original hotel built in 1978 (the year I was born!). 

Retro is all about reviving and imitating fashions of the recent past. 

During Mercury Retrograde, it's a great time to remember what you were excited about when you were younger. Maybe there is something that really inspired you that would be beneficial to bring back into your life in a new way, and could help you to appreciate how far you've come along your journey already. 

Through the path of life, it's good to reflect upon your progress, and take the time to remember what has been that's supported you to get to where you are. 

How can you reconnect with a part of your history at this time? 

Self-Reflection

Mercury retrograde is a great time to do some internal reflection: to process, learn from, and integrate the experiences of one's past.

It's a great time to go through old photos and writing, revisit your previous goals and see what you've accomplished, what you've been putting off, and what needs to be re-prioritized in your life.

It's also a perfect time for self-care and rest. 

Introspection provides the opportunity to reassess the direction we're heading in and make adjustments if needed, as well as prepare for what's ahead. 

Synchronicity

Mercury is a guide who is connected with magic and luck.

Mercury retrograde is a time when things may not happen as you expect, but can bring deep insights and prosperous blessings, if you are open to the possibilities. 

Be open to alternative doors opening in your life that are creating the connections for your soul mission and true path in life. 

Maximize the potential for synchronicity by being flexible with timelines, and allowing things taking their own time of completion. 

Keep a look out for signs of magic in the world around you of which direction to take.

Decluttering

I love getting rid of old stuff that no longer serves my highest joy and good during Mercury Retrograde.

It's a fabulous time for decluttering, organizing paperwork and files, cleaning out closets, and taking old items to the thrift store or consignment shop to find new lives. 

Taking the time to declutter and organize periodically helps create the space in our physical environment and our thoughts to focus more clearly on what we really want in our lives. 

Letting go of the old and bringing order to our past, clears the way for  the best of the future to have a place to enter in your life. 

Completion

Are there unfinished projects in your work, home, and life that need completion?

Take advantage of Mercury Retrograde by going back and focusing upon what you've already started. 

My dear friend Annie Botticelli is an internationally renowned astrologer whom I took a class on Mercury Retrograde with in Sedona 7 years ago. She recommended that Mercury Retrograde is a great time to continue what you've already put into motion and commit to goals you've already set. 

What have you been working on that needs attention? 

Mercury Retrograde is the best time to complete old projects. 

Mercury Retrograde

Maximizing the Magic of Mercury

I hope this inspires you to use the awareness of this astrological passage for optimizing what works best during Mercury Retrograde. 

There is no need to worry about what could go wrong when there's so much potential for self-growth, goal completion and clearing during this time. 

Feeling frustrated about the retrograde anyway?

It's okay! Life has challenges, that's a part of our human experience.

When upset or stressed out, I always recommend increasing self care, connecting with nature, journaling, and cleansing showers or baths, as well as the healing power of naps. 

Then take a look around and see: what small action step can you take towards your goals?

Keep moving forward, one step at a time.

It may seem that you are not going anywhere or moving backwards, but remember that's just a matter of perception.

Progress is not always linear, it's more like a spiral, like the cosmic dance of planets spiraling around the Sun. 

What do you do to get the most from a Mercury Retrograde cycle?

I'd love to hear from you in the comments below. 

Many blessings,

Kara

The 7 Sacred Feminine Leadership Archetypes of the Seven Sisters

The 7 Sacred Feminine Leadership Archetypes of the Seven Sisters by Kara Maria Ananda

I've been fascinated with the constellation of the Pleiades for over 20 years. Before I knew the name of the stars, it was the small bright cluster that I would always search out with my eyes at night.

Later I discovered they were the Pleiades, and was compelled to research their mythology, stories, and meaning. Through learning about the mystery of the Seven Sisters, I have put together some amazing information about these stars known as midwives, goddesses, and priestesses in different cultures, and how these seven sisters correspond to the seven chakras and are encoded with wisdom for modern women today.

The Seven Sisters are 7 Ancient Archetypes for Women's Leadership that are embedded within our global stories, the patterns of nature, and our own women's bodies.

These 7 archetypes reveal a full spectrum of models of feminine leadership that have been encoded with the mythology of cultures all over the world, as well as within astronomy, astrology, biology, and numerology. 

As women are reclaiming our true feminine power and stepping into roles of healing, teaching, speaking, writing, and being change-makers in the world, it is essential to understand that there are many ways that we can embody our true feminine power and be leaders today.

The Alpha male leadership role that our modern culture sees as the typical model of leadership is not a pattern of balanced leadership for the new emerging conscious culture. New feminine leaders need positive archetypes for us to learn and be inspired from that resonate with our hearts and souls. 

This is why it is so healing and transformative to learn about the 7 Ancient Archetypes for Women Leaders Today - to know that we can be conscious creators of this global transformation in many different ways, and that our roles as women leaders will actually change as we embody different stages of our lives.

These 7 archetypes are fluid and move in a spiral or circle, thus you may resonate with different archetypes depending upon what project you are working on, or the time of your life that you are in. You will see how gentleness, creativity, and receptivity are also characteristics of leaders today, and that we all have a place in the feminine spectrum of leadership. 

The 7 Sacred Feminine Leadership Archetypes of the Seven Sisters by Kara Maria Ananda

The Seven Sisters

The Seven Sisters are the seven stars of the Pleiades and they correspond with the seven chakras. The Pleiades are recognized in every culture around the world, and central to the secret knowledge of ancient civilizations. 

The Pleiades is the brightest cluster of stars in the sky, and these stars have been noted in cultures as diverse as the Egyptian, Greek, Hopi, Mayan, Lakota, Japanese, Maori and Australian Aborigine, since the beginning of human history. Ancient cultures around the planet have long marked the cycles of ages through sacred calendars, pyramids, and astronomy, and every culture has marked the passage and appearance of the Pleiades in the sky through these ways. 

The Mayans, Cherokee, and Hopi believe that their ancestors come from the Pleiades. The ancient Mayans and Egyptians built pyramids aligned with the stars of the Pleiades. They are known in Egypt as the Seven Midwives.  In China and Greece they are known as the Seven Sisters. In Greek Mythology, they are recognized as priestesses, mothers, lovers, and midwives, and many ancient Greek temples were dedicated to the Pleiades. Humans around the world have honored, celebrated, and marked the passage of the Pleiades for many thousands of years.

The Seven Stars of the Pleiades constellation are known today by their names from Greek Mythology as the Seven Sisters: Maia, Alcyone, Electra, Celaeno, Taygeta, Asterope, and Merope. There are two other main stars in the constellation, the father of the sisters Atlas, and their mother Pleione, a goddess of the ocean. 

Beyond the sight of the human eye, there are actually over 300 stars in the cluster of the Pleiades. This constellation resonates with the human chakra system, as we have 7 main chakras in our body, an Earth Chakra below our feet, the Soul Star chakra above our head, and over 300 minor chakras throughout our body. 

The Seven Sisters hold the keys to 7 archetypes for women’s leadership.  Connecting with them consciously will support you to step into conscious feminine leadership to co-create peace, harmony, and healing for the Earth and Humanity now. 

Now is the time when the Sacred Feminine Energy that the Pleiades embody has come back into alignment with the Earth for the future cosmic evolution of humanity. This is a potent and powerful time for aligning with the wisdom and teachings of the Seven Sisters. 

This is the beginning of an era of great transformation, in which the Sacred Feminine returns and comes into balance with the Sacred Masculine. This is the birthing time of a universal consciousness born from the hieros gamos, the sacred marriage of the divine feminine and divine masculine. Through the union and balance of the Universal polarity we can find peace within harmonic consciousness, creativity, and vitality. 

Ancient cultures around the planet have long marked the cycles of ages through sacred calendars, pyramids, and astronomy, and every culture has marked the passage and appearance of the Pleiades in the sky through these ways. 

The 7 Sacred Feminine Leadership Archetypes of the Seven Sisters by Kara Maria Ananda

Which of the Seven Sisters do you embody? 

  1. Maia the Midwife - Root Chakra 
  2. Alcyone the Queen - Belly Chakra 
  3. Electra the Activator - Solar Plexus Chakra
  4. Celaeno the Oracle - Heart Chakra
  5. Taygeta the Storyteller - Throat Chakra
  6. Asterope the Visionary - Third Eye Chakra
  7. Merope the Priestess - Crown Chakra

Discover which of these ancient archetypes that you resonate with and step into your feminine power, strength and wisdom.

Now is the time for you to be a voice and leader for change, healing and balance in the world and you can do that in the feminine way that feels good for you. 

There is much deeper we can go into discovering the stories of each of these seven sisters and the meaning the archetypes hold, as well as the global mythology and stories about the Pleiades from around the world. 

But for now...

Tune into the energy, names, and associated chakras of each of the Seven Sisters and feel which intuitively you are guided to connect with. Consciously meditating and calling upon this Starry Goddess will support you in the work you are doing to embody and ground in this energy in your life. 

Take the Seven Sisters Quiz:


Learn more about the Seven Sisters in the Maia Mystery School:

The Maia Mystery School

Learn more about the 7 Archetypes of the Divine Feminine through the mystic stories, practices and wisdom of the Seven Sisters PLUS much more! 

Now is the time for you to shine your light, experience a conscious rebirth, and become a co-creator of peace, healing and transformation in the world!

Be the Hero of Your Own Life

You have within you abundant potential. 

The one you are waiting for to stand up and make a difference in the world is you. 

As you discover your passion, and follow that journey through to manifest your vision, you become a conscious creator both fulfilling your dreams and bringing inspiration and transformation to the world. 

You are complete the way you are, ready to embark upon your destiny. 

You don't need approval or permission from anyone or any institution. No certificates, licenses or expensive fees to go for your goals. You're the one to make the choice to do it. 

"Follow your bliss." - Joseph Campbell

Be the Hero of Your Own Life & Follow Your Bliss

When you discover the path that brings your heart joy and lights up your soul, then you're on the Hero's Journey, you're following your bliss. 

As you trust that deep impulse within you, the essence of the hero's journey reveals itself in the state of flow, serenity and integration that occurs when doing what you are destined to be doing. 

Chase your dreams. Seek out what makes you feel one with the world. 

You are the expert of you, the only one who can make the decisions about what's best for your life path. Luckily, you have a compass with you to help guide you on your journey every step of the way. It's within your very core, it's your heart, and it will lead you to the best adventures.

Just tune in to your heart any time you wonder which way to turn, or what road to take, and notice how you FEEL when you consider each option. 

When you feel a warmth, a fire, a pull, a flutter, a vibrant hum, a quickening, a lightness or a softening within your heart - than that is the path for you - regardless of what anyone else says. 

The Hero's Journey is learning the language of the heart and letting it guide you on an adventure to discover what is it that you love to do. 

By finding your path of love and destiny, you inspire others to adventure forth and seek their own way to the fountains of the heart. 

On this journey, we learn to know the meanings of the many feelings we have in life, and to trust our primal heart wisdom.

The hero's heart is their compass. Trust in this incredible force is what keeps our aim upon our big vision, as we navigate our way through our lives, creating our own path about this Earth. 

Trust your heart and opportunities will open to you that you could never have imagined or expected yet are exactly what you most deeply desire and need. 

That is the magic of following your bliss. 

When we embark upon the hero's journey, we activate a deeper discovery of who we really are and what we are here to do. 

As we create a new path for ourselves, we reveal our gifts, find joy and challenge in pursuing our mission, and strengthen our confidence, trust and belief in our purpose and self. 

We also grow a greater connection to the world around us, and a deeper compassion for the universal human journey of dreams, obstacles, overcoming, persistence, love and life that we all experience. 

What is it that gets you excited? What is it that adds sparkles to your world? 

The universe always leaves clues, follow the breadcrumbs of synchronicity, the signs and messages within the world that will lead you to your destiny. 

You are the hero of your own life. 

Take hold of the pen, and write your own story. 

Go for your dreams! Whatever brings you joy, do that, and keep doing the next thing that lights you up until you find your way to that big something that you grab hold of and then see how far it can take you. 

Just don't give up, or chicken out, or postpone your grand life goals for next week, year or decade. Every morning wake up and decide to make THIS day and every day - an adventure. 

Believe in yourself, your heart, your limitless potential and boldly claim your bliss! 

Now is the time and the adventure of your lifetime awaits! Are you ready?

Many blessings, 
Kara

Superfood Brownie Bar Recipe (Raw, Gluten-Free)

Superfood Fudge Brownie Bars with dates, walnuts, cacao, seeds and coconut oil.

When I made these bars and gave some to my kids, they actually clapped their hands in appreciation while they were busy chewing.

Not kidding, my 5 year old and 16 year old both applauded the deliciousness of these concoctions. 

Have you noticed the ever-expanding bar section of grocery stores today? There are so many different varieties and flavors from paleo to raw. 

However, it's simple to make your own bars at home - with just the ingredients you love. Personally, I am a huge fan of all things chocolate.

I also love the all-natural nut and fruit bars from the store. I've found that I can easily make my own version at home. This way I can also upgrade the quality of the ingredients to organic, and add more nutrient-dense superfoods for extra nutritional boost. 

Dates are the sole sweetener in this recipe, so it's naturally sweet and sugar-free. Organic dates are delicious and provide fiber as well as iron, calcium, copper, magnesium, Vitamin B6, and more essential micro-nutrients and minerals. They support healthy digestion and elimination of the body, promoting colon health. 

Eating dates in late pregnancy, has been linked to favorable labor outcomes. Thus I created this recipe during my recent pregnancy to make a great way to eat dates, while also balancing the sweetness with the sustaining energy of the nuts and seeds.

Walnuts provide protein as well as omega 3 essential fatty acids, iron, magnesium, folate, Vitamin E, antioxidants, and much more. Walnuts are excellent for supporting the health of the brain and heart, and they may promote prostate and breast health as well. 

Raw cacao is an excellent source of antioxidants, as well as magnesium and iron. It also contains anandamide, the bliss molecule, which improves mood. High quality cacao is a superfood, and may even boost your brain power and enhance memory

Chocolate is conventionally made with cacao, sugar, and milk, but the nutritional benefits of cacao are diminished by processing, dairy, and refined sugar. Raw cacao has all the best benefits of eating chocolate, and exceptional taste. 

Hemp seeds are a highly digestible source of plant based protein. The non-psychoactive seeds of organic hemp are a nutrient-dense superfood.

Hemp seeds are rich in Omega 3's and gamma linolenic acid (GLA) which have been shown to support hormonal balance and help PMS and menopause.

They are also a great source of fiber, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, manganese, potassium, Vitamin A, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, and Vitamin B6.

Chia seeds are also a great plant protein source, along with fiber, Omega 3's, antioxidants, and a variety of minerals and vitamins.  

Black sesame seeds are highly valued in Traditional Chinese Medicine to promote beauty, longevity, and youth. Postpartum women are encouraged to eat them to replenish their energy, health, and spirit.

Sesame seeds are packed with protein, calcium, phosphorus, iron and magnesium, and the black variety are specially prized for anti-aging. 

I love adding nutritious organic seeds to my bars for extra energy and nutrient diversity. However, if you don't have them, they are optional. 

These bars are delicious. I make double batches because they go quickly. 

Raw Chocolate Brownie Bars with dates, nuts and seeds.

Superfood Brownie Bar Recipe

Ingredients:

1.5 c. organic pitted dates, medjool or deglet

1.5 c. organic walnuts

1/2 c. organic raw cacao powder

1 T. hemp seeds

1 T. chia seeds

1 T. black sesame seeds

1/4 tsp. sea salt

1 T. raw organic coconut oil

 

How to Make:

Add all the ingredients to a food processor, and run until everything is mixed thoroughly and has created a consistent dough that sticks together. 

Spread the dough out into a pan and smooth flat and even. I used a silicone mat on a cookie sheet to spread the dough onto. You could also form into balls.

Chill in the fridge until firm, 1 hour or more, and cut into bars or squares to serve. 

These brownie bars store for weeks in the fridge in a glass-lock container (if they last that long!). 

Enjoy! 

Superfood Brownie Bars Recipe - healthy, fast and delicious.

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The Gifts of Simplification & Self-Care

I am so excited to welcome in this new year ahead!

2016 was transformational and challenging.

I was pushed in my personal and professional life to let go of so much, including travel schedules, speaking engagements, and just about anything involving a plan.

I did not expect that my pregnancy would lead me to be nauseous and vomiting from late March through early December of this year. I was throwing up persistently through most of this entire year, for almost 9 months straight, including up 'til past 42 weeks pregnant and in labor. 

So, you can feel then, how grateful I am to have my baby in my arms and to feel GOOD again! 

Yet, 2016 brought unexpected gifts through the near constant queasiness (besides the sweetest little baby boy).  

The most valuable transformation of this year was SIMPLIFICATION.

Being no longer able to do everything all the time, I had to minimize, streamline, and organize my life and work in a more optimal way. Truly I've wanted to do this to a greater degree for a long time, but I recognize now that I have had a hard time saying no to invitations, opportunities and projects.

This year the Universe gave me an opportunity to really get to it and focus on what was most important. In order to say yes to self-care, I had to rearrange my life.

It's amazing, now that I have embraced a streamlined creative flow, I have time to breathe and enjoy my new baby, and still grow my business, serve clients around the world, and nurture my whole family.

A significant synchronicity that supported this year's minimization was the guidance by a mentor to read the book "Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less" - just at the same time as the first waves of morning sickness started hitting. I highly recommend it if you want to take back your time, focus on your goals, and learn how to politely avoid giving your energy away. 

The Gifts of Simplicity & Self-Care

I've also deepened my practice of the art of SELF-CARE.  

Rest, nourishment, and essential oils have all been huge supports for me this year. Through diligence and care, I kept my mind, body and emotions strong, resilient, and thriving, despite near daily nausea. I was able to manage my pregnant wellbeing through daily routines to support my energy, digestion, and spirits. 

I am so grateful for all the natural health support that I have at my fingertips, to be able to meet the always changing needs of myself and my family. 

I've been called to teach more about self care and thus created the new course this year, The Pleasure of Pampering: Sacred Sensual Self-Care for Women, sharing the powerful health promoting benefits of feminine self-care. 

As we go into 2017, I will bring with me the gifts of simplicity and self-care which I gained this year.

I am so happy to be grateful and inspired heading into 2017, and with all this new energy you can bet that I have much to share! 

I'm also incredibly grateful to all my clients and community who have graciously been patient and understanding with me this year as I was unexpectedly hit with ongoing nausea for months. Your ongoing support and caring has been incredible and appreciated!!!!

What lessons did you learn this year that you will remember in the years to come? 

I am wishing you a thriving, vibrant, creative and active new year! 

Many Blessings, 
Kara

My Top 10 Essential Oils for Pregnancy

Essential Oils for Pregnancy, Birth and Baby

Mama's Essentials

I am so grateful to have an abundance of the highest quality essential oils at my fingertips to support my current journey through pregnancy, birth and beyond. 

I've long valued the benefits of essential oils for mamas and babies, using aromatherapy massage oils with my pregnant clients and blending beautiful labor oils and mists to bring along in my birth bag as a doula. 

The experience of growing and birthing a baby is an extraordinary one, in which a mother experiences changes physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. 

It's also a sensitive developmental period, in which women are very aware that chemicals, pharmaceuticals, pollutants, and environmental influences can effect our baby's health significantly. 

Thus, natural and pure essential oils from plants are a nurturing and gentle addition to a women's self-care tool kit during pregnancy, birth and beyond. 

In early pregnancy, my most used oils were for digestive support, emotional support and skin care. I also used other specific oils for immune and respiratory support as individual issues came up over the months. 

Here are my top essential oil recommendations for pregnancy & birth: 

doTERRA Essential Oils for Prenatal and Postpartum Wellness

Essential Oils for Pregnancy

Ginger

This spicy earthy root creates a beautiful energizing essential oil produced from fresh ginger in Madagascar. Ginger became a strong ally to me during this year, as I experienced pregnancy-induced nausea and vomiting throughout the entire length of my pregnancy. Thus, ginger has been on hand - by my bed, in my bathroom, by my desk and in my purse. I have not been without ginger oil for months and months and it's been greatly valued and appreciated to calm my digestion and queasiness while also promoting courage and confidence. 

Lemon

This essential citrus oil is bright and refreshing and is a great combination with ginger to smell or diffuse. I loved diffusing ginger and lemon essential oils together in the morning first thing, to help me start off the day with greater ease. The combo is like ginger lemonade, so good! Lemon is also naturally cleansing, so a great oil to freshen the air with. 

Bergamot

Bergamot is another beautiful citrus oil which is very beneficial for boosting mood and emotions. Pregnancy can bring lots of emotions along the journey, and bergamot is one of my favorites to reach for to smell or to mix in blends for massage or diffusing to brighten my spirits. 

Peppermint

Peppermint is one of many pregnant women's favorite oils for digestive support and calming the tummy. Avoid peppermint during breastfeeding, as it could reduce milk supply. 

Cardamom

Cardamom creates a spicy sweet aroma that is very effective at suppressing queasiness, and thus another great supportive oil for the digestion. Cardamom also blends well with ginger to smell or diffuse, with a scent evoking chai. 

Lavender

Lavender is the most popular essential oil used in the world for good reason. It supports calm, relaxed feelings as well as having benefits for the skin and body. Lavender is a wonderful oil to have in your essential oil toolkit for a multitude of purposes, but especially for reducing stress and enhancing restfulness in pregnancy. 

Ylang Ylang

Ylang ylang is a beautiful floral essential oil that is calming and uplifting. It's a favorite oil to blend with bergamot, lavender and other relaxing oils for an emotionally balancing aromatherapy experience. One of my favorite uses for ylang ylang in pregnancy with with lavender and geranium in a warm foot bath with epsom salts and baking soda - this is a great way to ground and release stress at the end of a day, as well as to ease tired pregnant feet. 

Melissa

Melissa is the essential oil of the lemon balm herb, and thus has a lemony sweet and green scent. Melissa is a precious oil that is very gentle, yet highly effective at calming the nervous system as well as supporting the body's immune system. 

Geranium

Geranium is a sensual floral essential oil that is balancing for the skin, supportive of the immune system, and has calming and grounding effects on the mood. 

Immortelle

Immortelle is an amazing doTERRA blend of essential oils, including frankincense, Hawaiian sandalwood, myrrh, and rose, which is wonderful to massage on the growing pregnancy belly to support skin appearance and tone. 

Essential oils for pregnancy

Quality Matters

It's especially important during pregnancy to use the highest quality of essential oils available.

I use doTERRA Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade oils, because they are comprehensively tested in their labs and by third-party independent labs to ensure they are of optimal purity and potency, and free of pesticides, heavy metals, toxins, synthetic chemicals, GMO's and molds.

Find out more about how to get pure essential oils here at 25% off, plus join my essential living community to help you to naturally thrive in wellness. 

Contact me with any questions! 

Many blessings, 

Kara

P.S. Thanks to Shades of Stone for the beautiful and elegant onyx essential oil holders in my photos! I love having my favorite pregnancy and birth oils ready in such a gorgeous display. 


These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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Peanut Butter, Chocolate Chip, Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Recipe (Gluten Free!)

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You know when you want something sweet and comforting, but what you really need is good protein and lasting energy in a snack?

How about when you want cookies but you can't decide between oatmeal raisin, chocolate chip or peanut butter? This is the cookie to solve these conundrums! 

Plus these are gluten-free, dairy-free and refined sugar free. They are full of what you want and without what you don't. 

I came up with this healthy everything energy cookie recipe to satisfy my late pregnancy cravings, with ALL the flavors, and packed with organic protein, but without any wheat flour, dairy or refined sugar. 

It's so good, and simple to make. These make a great mid-afternoon snack, and also would be perfect breakfast cookie enjoyed with a morning coffee. 

Use organic ingredients and pastured eggs for best results, nutrition and flavor! 

Peanut Butter, Chocolate Chip, Oatmeal Raisin Energy Cookies

Peanut Butter, Chocolate Chip, Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Gluten Free, Dairy Free, & Refined Sugar Free

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 c. coconut oil (melted)
  • 1/4 c. honey
  • 1 T. maple syrup
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 c. peanut butter (or your favorite nut butter)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 c. oats (I used gluten-free oats)
  • 1 T. coconut flour
  • 1/2 c. almond flour
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 2/3 c. raisins
  • 2/3 c. dark chocolate chips

Prepare: 

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. 

Mix together the coconut oil, honey, maple syrup, vanilla, peanut butter and eggs in a medium sized bowl. 

In another bowl, mix together the oats, coconut flour, almond flour, cinnamon and sea salt. 

Then add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture. Stir together.

Add raisins and chocolate chips and mix gently until incorporated. 

Place spoonfuls of dough on a cookie sheet 2 inches apart and bake for 10 minutes or until lightly browned. 

Let cool and enjoy! 

Someone is eating up all of Mama's Mountain Energy Cookies!