Are you wondering if scented candles are safe to use when you’re pregnant?
Let me start off by stating that any unnecessary exposure to any chemical has the potential to be harmful. Given the nature of a scented candle, the kind of unnecessary exposure I’m talking about would be eating the wax or licking it like an ice cream, which I’m strongly advising against!
Taking care of your body while you’re pregnant is the most important thing. Eat well, drink lots of water, gentle exercise and relax! Lots of women like to chill out in the evening with a scented candle to help them relax, but if your worried about what the scented candle is doing to your body and baby then it will probably have the opposite effect.
Here are some Dont’s
- Stay away from paraffin wax candles because of the toxins and soot particles they emit into the air. Paraffin is an oil by-product and has to be bleached before it is then made into wax. Not good to be burning in your home!
- Some scents produces carcinogens when burnt. Look for a scent that has a safe certification. IRFA or essential oils are good indicators. You can also check out the MSDS sheets for more information on the product.
- Some candles use lead in the wicks and as it burns down it releases some of this lead into the air.
- If you buy cheap candles, they are probably not going to be very beneficial to your health.
- Some essential oils are not suitable for pregnant women, but only in their concentrated form. In candles they are fine.
As new research is carried out and information is made available to the public, peoples standards change. Some people may think there is no harm in burning a scented candle for a few hours a night, a few times a week. And that’s fine! We have been fine with it for years, why change now? It all boils down to “do what your comfortable with”.
But for those that are conscious about indoor pollution… breath…there are alternatives.
Here are some DO’s
- Soy wax is a much better alternative to paraffin but make sure they don’t contain GMO’s or pesticides. These will be released into your air when burnt. Soy is also sustainable so better for the environment too.
- Bees wax is also good and it actually cleans the air of negative ions.
- Electric tart warmers use bulbs to heat a ceramic dish that melts the wax, meaning no open flames, lower temperatures and only the scent is released into the air, not the wax.
- Lead free wicks, as mentioned above. In case you weren’t aware, heavy metals like lead, mercury and aluminium are not good for the body, anyone’s body, pregnant or not! Avoid these.
So do some reading, make up your own mind and go with what makes you feel better. Because what makes you feel better will make your baby feel better. If you’re not sure, then just avoid all things that you are unsure about and take away those anxious thoughts.