Aromatherapy oils interfering with anti-coagulants?

I'm currently 30 weeks pregnant and will be induced at 38 weeks. During my first pregnancy, the midwife used aromatherapy oils that a) relaxed me and b) provided some pain relief. I was hoping to use aromatherapy oils in this pregnancy too, in the lead up and during labour, however I've been told to be careful as some oils can interfere with anti-coagulants.

I did a quick search on google and the information seems contradictory and flakey. Does anyone know anything about this?

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  • My reply is a bit vague to be honest, and not related to pregnancy. I react badly to lavender, whether it affects my inr, I cannot say... However, I was told many years ago by a professional that certain oils can have an effect. Not much help to you I know sorry! Sarahx

  • there is also an oil that cannot be used during pregnancy, I,m sorry, I cannot remember which one, you should talk to a qualified aromatherapist.

  • There are a lot of essential oils that shouldn't be used during pregnancy lavender and clary sage are just a couple. They can interfere with medication but if your midwife is a qualified aromatherapist she should know this. As a reflexologist I wouldn't treat anyone with pre-existing medical conditions i.e. Hughes without medical consent

    Good luck with the pregnancy

  • Many thanks for your responses. I think I'll probably play safe and leave the aromatherapy oils :)

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