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Essential Oils for Pregnancy

Pregnancy is one of the most crucial times in the life of a woman. You will be glad to know that essentials can be safe to use during your pregnancy. The right information is essential to the well-being of yourself and your baby. 

Reasons to use Essential Oils During Pregnancy

During pregnancy, your body goes through many changes, and you will experience some different symptoms. When used correctly, here is a list of things essential oils can help with:
  • Nausea
  • Easing Tense Muscles
  • Reduce Stress and Promote Relaxation
  • Fighting Off Colds
  • Decreasing Breakouts and Blemishes
  • Increasing Mood

Essential Oils that are Safe During Pregnancy

Here is a list of essential oils you can choose from that are safe during your pregnancy. Please consult your doctor if you are unsure about applying any of them.
  • Cypress
  • Ginger
  • Grapefruit
  • Lavender
  • Lemon
  • Mandarin
  • Tea Tree
  • Bergamot
  • Juniper
  • Sweet Orange
  • Sandalwood
  • Geranium
  • Eucalyptus
  • Marjoram Sweet
  • Ylang Ylang
  • Chamomile German
  • Chamomile Roman
  • Frankincense

Learn how to use Clary Sage for Labor here.

Essential Oils to Avoid during Pregnancy and while Breastfeeding:

  • Basil
  • Cinnamon
  • Clove
  • Cumin
  • Aniseed
  • Anise Star
  • Mugwort
  • Oregano
  • Fennel
  • Hyssop
  • Pennyroyal
  • Sweet Birch
  • Thyme
  • Tarragon
  • Wintergreen
  • Wormwood
  • Tansy
  • Sage
  • Parsley

See what oil every nursing mom should have here.

Help Resources

If pregnant and thinking about using essential oils during your pregnancy, then you need the most trusted information you can get. We have compiled some of the most trusted resources for you.

Stephanie McBride is a mother of three children and a passionate advocate for using essential oils in natural self-care and clinical practice, from conception onward. She has 25 years of academic studies, research, and fieldwork that span over several countries, cultures, and contexts.

She wrote two books: Essential Oils for Pregnancy and Essential Oils for Maternal Wellness.

Everything you need to know to start using essential oils during your pregnancy is in Essential Oils for Pregnancy. It is an easy-to-read guide!

Essential Oils for Maternal Wellness takes an even deeper dive into essential oils used during pregnancy. Readers will come away feeling more confident using and recommending oils during pregnancy, during each phase of labor, during postpartum, and in caring for infants and babies.


Check out Stephanie McBride's feature on Samantha Lee's podcast where she talks about her favorite oils that are safe to use in pregnancy and help your physical and mental health too. Listen to it here.

Talk to your Doctor

There are many benefits to using essential oils during your pregnancy, and generally, they are not dangerous. Your doctor has your medical history and will answer any questions you have for your personal health.

Final Thoughts

Every mother wants the absolute best life she can give to her baby, and that is why we want you to use essential oils during your pregnancy. It can be tough going through the pregnancy process, dealing with mental and physical stresses, and the stressful excitement of taking care of your newborn. We believe using natural remedies, such as essential oils, instead of over the counter/prescription drugs will help you more in the long run.