Pregnancy Safe Ingredients
Most of the products we put on our skin are absorbed into our bloodstream and so many expectant mamas find organic and natural skincare products a safer option. Of course, using organic skincare helps to avoid concerns you may have, but you also need to take care when using natural essential oils - particularly during the first trimester. In some cases, if you have suffered health complications during or before pregnancy (such as heart problems, epilepsy, miscarriage or bleeding during pregancy), your midwife or doctor may advise you to avoid essential oils altogether.
You can find below, a list of essential oils which are considered safe and which to avoid and you should always check with your doctor if you are still unsure.
Essential oils considered safe (from second trimester)
- Citrus oils
- German camomile
- Ylang ylang
- Tea tree oil (but do not use while you are in labour)
Essential oils not safe to use during pregnancy
- Rosemary - believed to increase blood pressure, may cause contractions.
- Jasmine and clary sage, laurel, angelica, thyme, cumin, aniseed, citronella and cinnamon leaf — may stimulate contractions.
- Juniper berry - concerns it can harm kidneys.
- Sage - concern this can cause bleeding in your uterus.
- Basil - fears this can cause abnormal cell development.