Many women deal with aches and pains during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. Is it safe to use topical pain relief creams? Here are some important guidelines:

  1. Ingredients to Avoid
    Certain ingredients commonly found in pain relief creams should be avoided as they can cross the placental barrier or get excreted in breast milk, posing risks for the baby. Ingredients like menthol, camphor, turpentine oil and methyl salicylate should be avoided.
  2. Opt for Natural Creams

Natural ingredient creams with herbs, botanical extracts and essential oils like lavender, chamomile and rosemary are gentle and safe options. They provide relief from muscle soreness and joint pains without being absorbed systemically into the bloodstream.

  1. Consult Your Doctor
    Always check with your obstetrician/gynecologist first before using any new medication, drugs or creams while expecting or nursing. They can analyze associated risks and recommend products deemed safe for each trimester or the postpartum period.
  1. Use Minimally
    When cleared to use, opt for pain relief creams only when really needed. Apply just enough quantity to provide temporary soothing relief without needing reapplication too frequently. This minimizes overall absorption.

While many topical pain medications may be contraindicated, certain natural ingredient creams can be used safely with your doctor’s approval. Strictly follow all usage guidelines for best outcomes.