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AROMATHERAPY AND PREGNANCY
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Some fragrances and smells will make a pregnant woman ill on the spot. Intolerance to certain odors is one of the more inconvenient aspects of pregnancy, but is also thought of as the body's response to those things which could potentially cause harm to the developing fetus. The pregnant woman's aversion to it is a defense mechanism, or so some say. There is some debate in the medical community about the use of aromatherapy in pregnancy. While most are safe, if you're pregnant, see your health care provider before using any form of aromatherapy.





The Debate Rages on
The major reason behind such widely differing opinions is that there is a fear that there exists enough evidence to suggest that using oils during pregnancy may cause spontaneous abortions. In other words, the oils act as some sort of abortificacents, which also cause contractions of the uterus. It is also recommended that people consuming alcohol should stay away from these oils. However, there is no clear understanding whether the oils used in such cases were ingested internally (something not recommended) or not and so the debate about aromatherapy and pregnancy rages on, unresolved.

A safe and trusted method of implementing aromatherapy during pregnancy is to obtain in-person guidance from a qualified aromatherapy practitioner, as every woman may have different needs and the aromatherapy practitioner will be able to study individual cases and recommend blends and suitable dosages, for each case. There are a number of beneficial oils such as rose, jasmine and clary sage which can be used during actual delivery, in spite of the fact that there are contraindications during pregnancy.





Aromatherapy Relief in Pregnancy
There are a stupendous number of changes that occur to the body during pregnancy, from morning sickness to stretch marks and so much in between. As almost all medicines and traditional remedies are not allowed, natural methods can greatly help to ease the symptoms. For pregnant women it is recommended that they avoid herbs like bay leaves, clove, basil, clary sage, sage, marjoram, oregano, thyme and wintergreen.

Other recommended aromatherapy oils used during pregnancy are peppermint, spearmint, lemon, lavender, geranium and rosewood. For skin problems, one can use rose Otto, while for back rubs use Roman Chamomile. Lavender, 3 drops of Grapefruit, or 2 drops of orange will greatly ease fatigue. For swollen legs and feet, common during pregnancy, one can use 3 drops of lavender, 2 drops of cypress or 2 drops of Juniper.

Easing muscular cramps as well as other aches in the muscles can be achieved by using 3 drops of Lavender or 3 drops of Roman Chamomile. Aromatherapy in pregnancy is one way of alleviating many of the ailments prevalent in pregnant women, although it is always advisable to consult your physician before beginning any such regimen.

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