Each person and their pregnancy is different, so this can only ever be a guideline. If you have a problematic pregnancy or a history of miscarriage or difficulties you would be best to avoid essential oils in massage oils and bath oils.
For those with a normal pregnancy, please remember that a lot of the safety research is done on essential oils at high concentrations. Essential oils used to fragrance face creams and cosmetics are used in tiny amounts and are very unlikely to cause any problems.
An interesting clinical trial reports that taking probiotics while you are pregnant and breastfeeding can reduce the chance of eczema in your child by around 40%, especially if there is no previous family history of it.
Herbs have a long tradition of use both throughout pregnancy and for childhood ailments.
Much of our present day knowledge comes from a tradition of herbal midwifery and many health-care professionals actively encourage the use of natural products. These guidelines are designed to give you a framework for using natural products during your pregnancy and with your child. They are not intended to form a sole reference for those seeking to enjoy holistic pregnancy and birth: rather they form the basis for discussion between parents, midwife and Medical Herbalist. Do remember that each person, each child and each pregnancy are different. We strongly recommend that you seek professional advice for any ailment and also before using over the counter remedies to treat yourself when pregnant.