(KUTV) You've likely heard about essential oils and all of their wonderful benefits. But are they for everybody? Specifically, are they good for pregnant mothers? Nurse Dani with Intermountain Moms says essential oils can help with some pregnancy symptoms. For example, they help with things like nausea, anxiety, and fear. However, it's important to know how and when to use them.
"Some people use peppermint oil during labor because we know it has a calming effect on our bodies," says Nurse Dani. "But something important to know about that is it can actually decrease milk supply."
Dr. David Hill founded doTerra, and he believes essential oils are for everybody but agrees that they need to be used appropriately. He encourages everyone, including pregnant mothers, to do their research before simply "jumping in."
"Many of the essential oils have multiple benefits and we really encourage people to find their own value associated with that," says Dr. Hill.
Nurse Dani reminds expecting mothers that essential oils should be used as complementary therapy, not in place of traditional medical treatment. She uses a condition found in pregnancy called cholestasis. It's a condition that makes the mother's skin itch really badly. In this situation it's essential to talk to your doctor. You don't want to treat just a symptom when something more serious could be taking place below the surface.
"If someone just decided to use an essential oil on their skin because it was itching and they didn't get treated for that, then the outcome could be as grave as stillbirth," explains Nurse Dani.
Another thing to take into consideration when it comes to essential oils is their potency. Just like over the counter and prescription medications, essential oils affect our bodies. This is why it's extremely important to learn how to use them correctly.
"A good thing to remember about essential oils is that they're so potent, especially in this natural form and very effective in that way, so it actually doesn't take very much at all," notes Dr. Hill.
Lastly, one of the most important things to remember if you decide to use essential oils during pregnancy is do not keep it a secret. Let your doctor know what you're taking so he or she can give you and your child the best treatment possible.