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 pores; therefore can absorb the oil within just 30 seconds.
Anxiety and insomnia – Lavender is a common essential oil with many benefits. It is one of the most effective oils to ease anxiety, help you sleep and promote relaxation. You can utilise the benefits of lavender essential oil through putting it on your pillow, massaging into the bottom of your feet or rubbing it into your hands and inhaling the scent.
The nose is linked to the part of the brain that stores memories and emotions. Inhaling lavender essential oils can promote relaxation almost immediately.
Aches and pains – Frankincense is an effective pain relief. If you are experiencing back pain or inflammation, drop two to three drops of the oil under your tongue.
It is important to talk to your GP before using essential oils or any other alternative medicine.