One of the best things to do when preparing for labor, as far as using essential oils, is to find some oils which you enjoy and calms you. What works for some may not be the best for you, so take the time before your due date to smell some different oils or blends to find out which will be the most effective in calming you.
You may find that some of the oils from our Using Essential Oils for Anxiety and Depression page may be good options, but please do cross reference them to be certain your choices are pregnancy safe. Be certain that you talk over the option of using any essential oils with your OB or midwife before using it so you can be sure it is used in the safest possible way.
Once you have decided the best options, to prepare your essential oils you can add a few drops on a cotton ball and keep it in a small plastic bag or small container, or make some personal aromatherapy inhalers. You can then pack them in your hospital bag so they will be ready to go and then when the time comes, you can sniff them as needed. A few different ones may be a good idea as sometimes preferences may change during labor.
Is it Safe to Use Essential Oils Topically or Diffuse Essential Oils During Labor?
It's really best not to diffuse or use topically during labor because we do not recommend using any oils around newborns due to their underdeveloped immune systems. Potent essential oils can put too much stress on their immune and respiratory systems which you certainly don't want to do to a newborn. Remember, if you can smell it on yourself or in the room, the baby is being exposed to it as well, which is why it is best to use the suggestions above such as the cotton ball or a personal aromatherapy inhaler. More info in our Using Oils Safely around Babies & Children page. It is also important that when your baby arrives that they can smell mama (and not essential oils), in order to start the bonding process
Can I Use Clary Sage Essential Oil to Help Encourage Labor?
We get a lot of questions about using Clary Sage during labor. Clary sage is not going to start your labor, but it can help strengthen contractions once your body is ready.
- Lea’s live chat in our facbeook group about Clary Sage and labor as well as Fennel & milk production (you will need to be a member of our Facebook group to view the content)
Also of Interest…
- Using Essential Oils Safely During Pregnancy & Breastfeeding
- Morning Sickness Help
- Increasing Milk Supply without Essential Oils