However, more pregnant women are turning to remedies such as essential oils to ease common aches and pains, get more sleep and ease anxiety, say experts.
A US survey found that over 35 per cent of mothers-to-be were turning to complementary and alternative medicine.
The following essential oils are commonly used to help manage pregnancy-related symptoms and complaints.
Morning sickness – Ginger and cardamom essential oils work to block the nausea receptors in the brain. Ginger, cardamom and peppermint can also help ease gas, bloating and heartburn.
Cold and flu – Drinking a cup of warm water with added lemon essential oil can help raise the pH levels in the body. Rising pH levels help the body fight off infection and flu. Lemon is also effective in detoxifying the liver.
If you are concerned about drinking essential oils, you can massage the oil into the soles of your feet. The bottoms of our feet have the largest...