Aromatherapy and Massage in Pregnancy

Community midwives

Aromatherapy can be used before, during and after the birth to help relieve everything from back and pelvis problems to stress and anxiety.

Sessions are held at James Cook and Hemlington Children’s Centre and an initial consultation is £25 including massage and oils to take home for bathing and massage.

Call aromatherapist midwife Anna Reeve on 01642 854881 to make an appointment.

What is aromatherapy?

Aromatherapy is the controlled use of essential oils obtained from plants and flowers. A truly holistic therapy it achieves balance of the human body mind and spirit. It uses essential oils to induce relaxation and raise energy levels during pregnancy, labour and after the birth.

Essential oils may relieve many of the uncomfortable minor ailments of pregnancy. They may also relieve stress and reduce the pain of labour.

Benefits of aromatherapy


Backache, symphysis and sciatic pain, headache, insomnia, tiredness, depression, sinusitis, constipation, heartburn, indigestion, haemorrhoids, varicose veins, swelling of hands and feet, skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and stretch marks.


  • Promotes the normal and natural process of labour
  • Women and their partners are able to use oils at home in early labour relieving the pain of labour
  • Can be used alongside other methods of pain relief
  • Encourages confidence and reduces anxiety


  • Promotes relaxation and bonding
  • Stimulates lactation
  • Provides analgesia for perineal pain, headaches and after pains
  • Encourages perineal healing and relieves swelling
  • Relieves constipation and painful haemorrhoids
  • Helps prevent “baby blues” and postnatal depression

Methods used

  • Massage
  • Warm or cold compress
  • Air freshener, diffusers and vaporisation
  • Inhalation
  • Bathing
  • Foot spa
  • Ointments and creams