Pregnant woman lighting a scented candle image by cottonbro studio
Pregnancy is perhaps one of the most fascinating events in life a woman would encounter in her lifetime. While it embarks another milestone in a woman’s life, it is undeniably without a doubt that motherhood is one of the most stressful periods in a woman’s life – both physically and mentally.
Pregnant women tend to be sensitive to certain smells. As such, is it a best practice to avoid candles during pregnancy?
First, one of the most dangerous things in a candle that you must avoid during your pregnancy is paraffin wax. Ample evidence supports the dangers of paraffin wax candles for users – not just for a pregnant woman alone. This study suggests that some candles release organic compounds and particular matter into the air, which can enter the lungs.
Indeed, aromatherapy, or burning scented candles, is something that most of us enjoyed doing. Having said all this, if you are a pregnant woman who seems to love doing it so, we’ve got you all pretty much covered up. Burning candles while pregnant is perfectly fine so long as you’re burning the right kind of candles – paraffin and lead-free candles made with natural wax, cotton, or wood wicks are something that you should keep an eye on.
Here are some considerations you should take if you just can’t get enough scented candles during your pregnancy:
- First, ensure that it is natural
Scented candles are fine during pregnancy if it is made with natural waxes or wicks. Ensure that they are scented using only essential oils safe for pregnant women such as lemon, lavender, or orange. Looking for the best candle during your pregnancy may be time-consuming. But we’ve listed below the best combination of pregnant-safe essential oil combination that you may want to consider.
- Use your candles in a well-ventilated space
To reduce feelings of nausea and dizziness it is always to consider proper ventilation when lighting up your candles. In this case, you are minimizing the amount of particular matter and organic compounds that your lungs can absorb.
- Be mindful and look out for certain symptoms
If your pregnancy is quite sensitive, you may experience headaches, nausea, sneezing, and fatigue when exposed to a candle. As such, in the cases that you feel unwell, put out your candles immediately. These symptoms may subside the moment the candle is blown out, but still, we highly suggest that you step out for a bit to get a breath of fresh air.
- Stick to certain types of candles
As previously mentioned, during your pregnancy, paraffin is something that is not healthy for you. As such, we highly recommend that you stick with scented candles made from soy, beeswax, or vegetable wax are these are the ingredients that are likely not to be blended with paraffin.
- Know what ingredients to avoid
If you are pregnant, better be informed of the following ingredients that you have to get rid of.
Parsley seed or leaf
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