The best oils for pregnancy
posted 2015 Jan by Sally Robinson
The best oils for pregnancy
Anything that makes us feel good during pregnancy has got to be worth a try - especially if you're in the third trimester and struggling to haul your ever-increasing bump around! Pregnancy puts a lot of stresses and strains on the body but fortunately there are lots of different oils to help ease aching backs/shoulders and encourage a sense of relaxation throughout the last few months. In addition to buying and mixing your own oils, you can also look at pre-blended oils that contain certain oils suitable for pregnancy that take away the time required to blend and prepare by hand.
Here are some favourites:
Bergamot: this light, refreshing citrusy oil can help relieve pain, lift spirits and aid both antenatal/postnatal depression and sadness. It's also an effective indigestion reliever - another common pregnancy complaint.
Lavender: A great multi-purpose oil that relieves pain, relaxes the body, relaxes the mind, helps to install a sense of calm/tranquility, eases headaches and muscle pain. Women have also used lavender as an effective solution to stretch marks - worth bearing in mind if you're left with more than you bargained for after the birth of your baby!
Lemon: Useful as an inhalant for morning sickness and in massage for varicose veins.
Neroli: A beautiful oil that can relieve all manner of aches, pains and niggles during pregnancy including digestive problems, anxiety for the birth/parenthood, depression, fluctuating emotions and sleep difficulties (particularly in the last trimester). It also helps to promote healthy skin cell regeneration and keep pregnant skin glowing.
Rosewood: A deliciously scented oil that has a mild sedative effect to aid sleep-deprived mums to be.
Sandalwood: Anti-depressant and helpful for cystitis during pregnancy.
Tangerine: A great treatment for stretchmarks and aiding sleep.
Geranium: A balancing, uplifting pain relieving oil that can help ease lots of pregnancy problems such as swollen/painful breasts, swollen legs and ankles, backache and general discomfort. Note: It is widely recommended that if you use it at all, you only use very dilute geranium oil in pregnancy and some practitioners go on to recommend only in the third trimester and never during a high risk pregnancy.
Chamomile: Soothes muscle pain, headaches and indigestion, with a calming effect on the mind and body.
Eucalyptus: Antiviral oil that can help ease coughs and colds during pregnancy.
Frankincense: Great for use during labour, this oil helps to relieve pain, encourage steady controlled breathing and help women to stay focused. It also has comforting properties which can be reassuring for women in labour.
Grapefruit: Aids digestion and helps ease water retention.
Ylang Ylang: Calms, brightens and helps to restore focus in stressful situations.
And those to avoid
There are specific concoctions that should be entirely avoided during pregnancy because they contain oils unsuitable for pregnancy or their concentration levels are too high. Using oils irresponsibly and without caution can be dangerous for pregnant women as they can cause the blood to thin and even bring on early contractions. The following oils should be avoided:-
Cypress (you can use this after 5 months of pregnancy)
Jasmine (not one for pregnancy but great for use during labour)