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    I'm going to post this in a couple places, sorry if you see a repeat!

    So, my neck and shoulders have been a MESS for a while now- our bed is TOO HARD and it's killing me. So, today, I bought some Tiger Balm Neck and Shoulder Balm. I had DH rub my shoulders with it, and WHILE he was doing it, I read the back, and OF COURSE it says for pregnant and nursing women to consult a physician. The thought never crossed my mind... what could be harmful in this?

    There are three ingredients- d-Camphor, Menthol and Mint oil.

    Do you think this is a standard warning, or is one of these ingredients dangerous to pregnancy or nursing when used topically?

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    Since it's being used topically it should be safe to use while pregnant & nursing. Menthol has been known to reduce milk supply but this is mostly with things like certain cold medicines. Using TB should be fine. The warning is going to be there b/c chances are it's not FDA approved
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    I would say that is probably a standard warning. If it were me, I would continue using it

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    I find that most anything (even Tylenol) says to ask a physician if you're pregnant. You should be just fine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chimmy View Post
    Since it's being used topically it should be safe to use while pregnant & nursing.
    Not to counter your comment.. but topically doesn't mean your body doesn't absorb it.

    I've read that your skin can absorb caffeine more effectively than your stomach in terms of it being used to wake you up. Now I know this doesn't necessarily go for EVERYTHING... but it *might* be transferable into breast milk and in a more concentrated form than if you ingest it.

    But I am in no way, shape or form a medical expert and I DO believe they put that warning on EVERYTHING just to cover their butts.

    You should be fine.
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    I did find info that said that mint oil is used to bring on menstruation...so shouldn't be used when pregnant. I'm bumming, because the stuff was good, and felt awesome going on the one time I used it- but now I'm scared to use it because of that.
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    Unless you're very newly pregnant or at an increased risk of miscarriage, you should be fine with that. My midwife recommended Tiger Balm for muscle aches. I'd say give yours a call & see what she thinks about it for you personally.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nell4Him View Post
    Not to counter your comment.. but topically doesn't mean your body doesn't absorb it.

    I've read that your skin can absorb caffeine more effectively than your stomach in terms of it being used to wake you up. Now I know this doesn't necessarily go for EVERYTHING... but it *might* be transferable into breast milk and in a more concentrated form than if you ingest it.
    Oh for sure, I should of been more clear. My response was in relation to the ingredients in the tiger balm, not as a general rule/belief that if it's applied topically that it'll be okay Most of the information I came across (in books I have & online) said that tiger balm isn't contraindicated during pregnancy & breastfeeding.

    Quote Originally Posted by Marite13 View Post
    I did find info that said that mint oil is used to bring on menstruation...so shouldn't be used when pregnant. I'm bumming, because the stuff was good, and felt awesome going on the one time I used it- but now I'm scared to use it because of that.

    This is just a guess as I've not looked up how it's used to bring on mensuration, but the way in which you would use the mint oil, the duration & how much you would use to bring on mensturation as compared to using it as part of an ingredient in tiger balm is probably quite different. As an example I use peppermint oil to help with headaches both when pregnant & not but it can also be used to bring on mensturation (as well as help with cramps) if you drink the tea several times a day, however I've never had a problem using the oil when pregnant. I've not come across anything that contraindicates TB during pregnancy, but agree with spacers - put a call into your provider & see what they say and if you don't feel comfortable using it there are other things like lavender oil (I use apricot oil as a base oil, grapeseed oil is good too but really stains) that can help with sore muscles.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chimmy View Post
    Oh for sure, I should of been more clear. My response was in relation to the ingredients in the tiger balm, not as a general rule/belief that if it's applied topically that it'll be okay
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