While essential oils can promote healing and ease anxiety, you’re right to approach ‘em with hesitation during pregnancy. "Avoid oils that say 'moving oil' on the label," says Kecia Gaither, M.D., vice chairman and director of maternal fetal medicine at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center. These oils promote circulation—great for most women—but during pregnancy, they can also lead to preterm contractions and preterm labor.
That doesn’t mean you need to avoid all essential oils. When in doubt, stick to these OB-GYN-approved oils that also relieve common symptoms associated with pregnancy and birth.