Perfume and Pregnancy: Starting Fragrance-Free
Pregnancy has given you a natural glow. Now it’s time to find a scent that will reflect the beautiful, pregnant YOU! Though it’s safe to use perfume during pregnancy, you may be more sensitive to perfumes and find that some scents make you nauseated, light-headed, agitated, or more prone to headaches. To prevent as many unnecessary symptoms as possible, try to keep a fragrance-free environment until you discover some scents that will help you feel good.
Double the Pleasure
Fragrant body spray and lotion are becoming very popular during pregnancy because they are lighter and contain less alcohol than perfume. Some scents can even help fight nausea like peppermint, ginger, and cardamom. Many pregnant women have found that citrus scents help alleviate nausea and are not over-powering, but rather leave a refreshed, rejuvenated, and calm feeling.
Citrus scents such as sweet orange, neroli and mandarin are especially popular among pregnant women. Other softer scents you may want to sample are lavender, rose and chamomile. Look for massage lotions in these scents and you’ll be doing yourself a double favor.
Essential oils are different than body sprays and lotions. An essential oil is a concentrated, aromatic liquid excreted from plants. Some essential oils are not recommended during pregnancy and can be toxic when used on the skin. You should discuss the use of essential oils during pregnancy with your health care provider and aromatherapist.
Let the Sniffing Begin
Start thinking about how you want to feel during this new season of life…tranquil, calm, sexy, confident, whimsical, free…. Scents often bring us back to certain places and times and reflect an aspect of who we are.
Compiled using information from the following source: National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy, http://www.naha.org/