Is Aromatherapy Safe During Pregnancy?
Aromatherapy during pregnancy can be an excellent way to relax and take a little “me time”. According to The National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy, there are no recorded cases of aromatherapy causing birth defects or pregnancy complications. But, because the essential oils used in aromatherapy are very potent, there is a possibility of them crossing the placenta to your baby. So, there are some precautions you should take if you’re going to try the therapy. Read on for advice on aromatherapy for pregnancy: safety considerations, the best essential oils for pregnancy symptoms, and the essential oils you should avoid during pregnancy.
Aromatherapy and Pregnancy Safety
- Most aromatherapy practitioners recommend avoiding aromatherapy altogether in the first trimester – the most critical stage of fetal development. Holistic practitioners promote its healing and relaxation properties in the second and third trimesters.
- There are lots of home aromatherapy techniques, including topical application and vaporizing. The best way to learn how to use them safely is from the experts. Book at least one session clinical aromatherapy for pregnancy and childbirth. Here you’ll learn which oils are safe, which will target your specific symptoms, how much to use, and how to use them.
- Discuss your intentions with your midwife of obstetrician before trying aromatherapy during pregnancy.
- Avoid any internal therapies or applying undiluted essential oils directly to your skin.
Which Aromatherapy Oils are Safe in Pregnancy?
The National Assotiaton for Holistic Aromatherapy confirms that the following essential oils are safe for use after the first trimester of pregnancy:
- Ylang ylang
- Tea Tree
Benefits of Aromatherapy During Pregnancy
- Reducing Anxiety: Stress, worry, and mood swings are all common side effects of pregnancy and the calming properties of essential oils like chamomile and lavender can help to soothe and calm you.
- Lowering Blood Pressure: Elevated blood pressure can put you at risk during pregnancy and essential oils like citrus and neroli can help keep blood pressure low.
- Alleviating Insomnia: Calming essential oils such as ylang-ylang, chamomile, cardamom, and lavender may help you to shake off the dreaded pregnancy insomnia and have a more peaceful and comfortable night’s sleep.
- Relieving Nasal Symptoms: Nasal congestion is fairly common in pregnancy and oils like eucalyptus and tea tree can help you breathe easier.
Aromatherapy Oils to Avoid During Pregnancy
The National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy recommends you avoid using the following essential oils during any trimester of pregnancy:
- Oak Moss
More Pregnancy Therapies and Practices:
Is yoga during pregnancy safe? What are the benefits of yoga and meditation during pregnancy? What precautions should you take? Find out more here.
Acupuncture During Pregnancy:
Another complementary therapy for pregnancy that we often get asked about is acupuncture. Is this ancient Chinese medicine safe during pregnancy? What are the possible benefits? What precautions should you take? Read more here.