Friday, February 21, 2014

Essential Oil Safety in Pregnancy

Pregnancy is a time of great anticipation and excitement as you prepare for the birth of your baby. It can be a time of joy as you watch your belly grow an feel your baby move inside you and begin the process of bonding.

Pregnancy can also be a time of discomfort and stress as you encounter new sensations, growing pains, and struggle to treat discomforts as you traditionally would. Often times, women encounter great frustration when they are discouraged from using medications or other remedies they're accustomed to because they are deemed unsafe in pregnancy.

Are Essential Oils Safe for Use in Pregnancy?

The short answer is yes, with caution. The important thing to remember is the purity and potency of your oils. Since there are no regulations on essential oil purity, any brand can advertise they are 100% Pure with no repercussions. Choose a brand of oils that has multiple third party testing done on every batch of oils to guarantee they are free of synthetic compounds, fillers or other impurities. 

Many essential oil products caution pregnant women against their use or encourage them to dilute and seek advice from a healthcare provider before use. This often is because many essential oils products on the market today are not pure, contain fillers or have been chemically derived and contain traces of toxins unsafe for expectant mothers. The following recommendations are only for therapeutic grade essential oils. Be sure to use reputable oils and seek out advice from a trained aromatherapist or from reputable sources.

Oils to Avoid or Use with Caution in Pregnancy

Essential oils are very potent and can be very effective in producing desired and sometimes undesired responses in our bodies. Oils that cause detoxification or labor symptoms should be used with caution or avoided during pregnancy; however, some that should be avoided during pregnancy can be used during labor. This oil dilution chart from the book "Modern Essentials" is an excellent reference and indicates which oils should be diluted, used with caution and/or avoided during pregnancy [ii].

Stephanie Fritz LM, CPM explains in her book Essential Oils for Pregnancy, Birth and Babies
"Even with all the confusion surrounding the use of essential oils in pregnancy I stand by my experience. I also stand behind the particular brand I use. I use all doTERRA essential oils during pregnancy both internally and topically. I don't know of any adverse reaction to these oils during pregnancy, but I can only say this about doTERRA, not any other brand. That said, I have not been given stweardship over your body and your baby. Only you have this right, so if you feel there are certain oils that are not for your greatest and highest good, then by all means follow that intuition" [i].
Oils to use with caution include:
  • Clary Sage
  • Clove
  • Cypress
  • Fennel
  • Myrrh
  • Marjoram
  • Oregano
  • Peppermint
  • Vetiver
  • Clear Skin Topical Blend
  • DigestZen Blend
  • Immortelle Blend
  • On Guard Blend
  • PastTense Blend
  • Slim and Sassy Blend
  • ClaryCalm Blend
  • Zendocrine Blend
Oils to avoid include:
  • Basil
  • Birch
  • Cassia
  • Cinnamon
  • Rosemary
  • Wintergreen [ii]
Click to read more about Essential Oils for Common Pregnancy Ailments

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Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug administration.These statements are for educational purposes only and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. As a Birth Doula, I do not prescribe, treat or diagnose and offer this as information for individuals to research and discuss with their healthcare providers.

[i] Fritz, Stephanie (2012) Essential Oils for Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond. Sierra Vista, Arizona: Gently Born Publications.

[ii] Aroma Tools (2012) Modern Essentials *4th Edition* a Contemporary Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils. Aroma Tools.


Anonymous said...

Can you use the slim and sassy ifnir pregnant???

Missy Rose said...

It is not recommended.

Betty said...

Hello, I'm having trouble finding information about doTERRA Protective blend during the first trimester of pregnancy. Do you have information on this that would help.Thanks

Jessica White said...

Why is digestzen listed with caution?


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