Essential Oils to Avoid During Pregnancy

You just found out you’re expecting and you’re over the moon excited. Congratulations mama! Maybe you’re overwhelmed with content right now and you’re over consuming everything baby related. No fear mama, I’m going to help you ease some of your wandering mind. 


If you’re anything like me – You love essential oils! But did you know that there are some smells in general that you should avoid during pregnancy? In fact, there are different oils that you should avoid in each trimester, and THEN there are oils you should avoid with a newborn around, as well as a toddler. Overwhelming, right!?


It doesn’t have to be though. Not only am I going to break down what oils to avoid in each stage of your journey. . . and why, I’m going to give you this handy dandy FREE download to keep as well. This will be super useful when you are at the store getting a blended oil and just cant remember if it’s okay or not. Just download this guide to your phone and always have it with you for reference. 

Not only that – I’m going to include a page of some amazing pregnancy blends for you to relax and meditate to. Or you know, dance around the house like a mad woman! Whichever you prefer.


1st Trimester – Honestly, it’s probably best to avoid all essential oils during your 1st trimester. Sorry, mama.
The reason you want to avoid them so early on is that certain oils could cause uterine contractions which could lead to miscarriage. Just do your research and be aware.


2nd & 3rd Trimester – Now that baby is more developed, a few oils are now okay to use, but still plenty to avoid. Here are the ones to steer clear from:
  • Arnica (homeopathic is fine) 
  • Basil 
  • Birch (sweet) 
  • Bitter almond 
  • Boldo leaf 
  • Broom
  • Buchu 
  • Calamus 
  • Camphor (brown or yellow)
  • Cassia 
  • Cedarwood/thuja 
  • Chervil 
  • Cinnamon 
  • Clary sage 
  • Clove (bud, leaf or stem) 
  • Coriander 
  • Costus 
  • Deertongue 
  • Elecampane 
  • Fennel 
  • Horseradish 
  • Hyssop 
  • Jaborandi leaf 
  • Juniper berry 
  • Melilotus 
  • Mugwort 
  • Mustard 
  • Nutmeg 
  • Origanum 
  • Parsley (large doses)
  • Pennyroyal 
  • Pine (dwarf) 
  • Rosemary 
  • Rue 
  • Sassafras 
  • Savin 
  • Savory (summer) 
  • Tansy 
  • Thyme red (large doses) 
  • Tonka 
  • Wintergreen 
  • Wormwood
Once you get to your 3rd trimester, you’re probably going to wonder what oils will start to induce labor. It’s good to be aware of those, and in certain situations, it can be helpful. So, let’s talk about some of those, shall we?


Clary sage has natural components that will stimulate menstruation. So when you’re 9 months pregnant, this will start to induce labor naturally. Be aware of how you use this and always consult your midwife or OB before use.
Lavender promotes relaxation, so this would be a great oil to use to stay calm and grounded during your 3rd trimester and even into your labor.
Frankincense has the ability to naturally reduce pain associated with labor. Toss that one in your bag, or tell your doula, because I think we all could use a good natural pain reliever during childbirth.
Where these oils are great for labor and end of pregnancy, they are good to be aware of because you wouldn’t want to be inducing labor early on in your 3rd trimester. Again, just do your research and be educated so you can make an educated choice for yourself.


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