Aromatherapy during pregnancy and labor

Aromatherapy cannot remove the day-to-day problems that life throws at us, but someone who is relaxed can deal with them all the better. We still have jobs and our family’s to juggle, but when we feel better and cope well, we can begin to look forward to childbirth.

Women can be in control of their pain and emotions using the time-tested healing powers of aromatics. They also now have a choice about how they give birth; even for those in favor of modern methods of pain relief, aromatherapy and massage can still play an important part in their labor, as backup to conventional treatment.

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Pure essential oils are a powerful aid during pregnancy, especially since side effects from medication can be so detrimental. Essential oils support the general health of mom and baby, and go beyond to address other common discomforts.

Natural antiseptics

Essential oils are natural antiseptics. They can kill airborne viruses, bacteria, and fungi. They can neutralize the germs that cause body odor. Essential oils can assist with some of the uncomfortable changes that take place in a woman’s body during pregnancy, labor, and postpartum periods as well as during breastfeeding. The oils may be applied to help treat breast soreness, constipation, depression, fatigue, high blood pressure, nausea/vomiting, sleep, stretch marks, swelling, and more.


Throughout all stages of a woman’s reproductive years of trying to conceive, pregnancy, labor, and postpartum, essential oils balances, relaxes, and soothes her. Aromatherapy means “treatment using scent.” Treatments including essential oils vary from massage oils, creams, lotions, compresses, gels, sprays, diffusers, and vaporizers.

Different ways to benefit from essential oils


Massages with the use of essential oils relieves stress and tension, aids in relaxation, eases aching muscles and general pain relief. Improves skin and general well-being. Partners can make themselves useful during labor by knowing beforehand how the mother likes to be massaged. Giving and receiving massages between partners is an excellent way to emotionally and physically connect during this transition period going into parenting. It’s a lovely way to express love and appreciation for each other and to remind each other that you’re in this together. Partners feel a special pre-birth bond with the baby by gently massaging the mother’s abdomen as they feel the baby move under their hands. Plus, when the mother uses essential oils during pregnancy, she’s most likely going to respond better to them when she uses them during labor and postpartum. Mothers in labor will know what to expect from the oils and will be calmed by its presence.

Aromatic baths


Aromatic baths are amazing. Begin your morning with a detoxifying, refreshing, and reviving bath. Then, recover from the day with a sedating, calming, and soothing evening bath. Aromatic baths help promote a restful night’s sleep if taken right before bed and help reduce aches and pains. Just don’t give birth in a bath with oils as it’ll burn the baby’s eyes.


Compresses are great for treating common pains experienced during pregnancy and labor. For acute inflammation (headaches, swellings, sprains, wounds, etc.) use COLD compress. Chronic pain (backache, muscular, labor, earache, etc.) use a WARM compress.

To perfume rooms and purify the air

Oils can add a relaxing aroma to a room and dispel bacteria and unwanted smells. Use a device specifically for essential oils such as a diffuser or simply drop a couple drops of the oil on a cotton ball. This is a safe method of use during pregnancy. Boost mood and energy while creating an uplifting environment. Reduce stress and tension while promoting a good night’s sleep.

Safety guidelines to use when selecting oils to use during pregnancy

Using essential oils that are laden with impurities poses a legitimate threat to the developing fetus. Use only pure, unadulterated oils with a therapeutic grade to prevent impurities from harming your essential oils usage. 

During the first three months, the fetus develops at a rapid pace. Be more cautious during the first trimester. Be aware when using oils of what they might do before using them. Research the contraindications before using. Consider diluting the oils, versus using them neat. The bottoms of feet are an excellent conservative application location.

 Pay attention to how the body responds to dosages. As your body weight changes, you may need to increase dosage accordingly. Or use less if you’re becoming sensitive to the smell.

Did you use essential oils during your pregnancy? If so, I would love to hear your experiences. Which is your go-to? Do you think it has an effect on you?

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