Denise Tiran's book Clinical Aromatherapy in Pregnancy and Childbirth written for midwives is good value on this. Childbirth is very differant to pregnancy. (Sorry girls I cant believe I just wrote that). But you know what I mean. There are restricted uses for the oils in pregnancy but at childbirth and afterwards their properties really come into their own. Many peoples first experience of essential oils is on labour wards, either oils the midwife is cleared to use or the oils people bring in themselves. You dont have to apply the oil to your partner. For example a dab of diluted sandalwood on your wrist will be just as enjoyable for you as for them.
Medical advice is to
limit medication of any kind in pregnancy to avoid damage to the child.
the same thinking must apply to eos in any quantity beyond modest
inhalation or a stretchmark oil until you get to childbirth except in
exceptional circumstances (when you usually reach for the EOs anyway).
Others have a lot more experience in this that I but that must make
It is important
to keep essential oils well away from a baby's nose. While baby massage
with a vegetable oil like jojoba may be relaxing and good for the
baby's skin it is very inadvisable to add essential oils. There is
never any need to do this as the jojoba is excellent for dispelling any
nappy rash and pain.