It never occurred to me that it wouldn't be safe, but I could see questioning it. I used it for sciatica in my 2nd tri with DS, and he's fine, if that means anything. But I know now over use of sports rubs can be problematic, so I'd research it before using it during this pregnancy.
I used it on my back once while pregnant and ended up having a bad allergic reaction that I thought was PUPPS. I have used it all my life without reaction until that one time while I was pregnant, apparently it was the methyl salicylate (that is derivative of aspirin, which is not recommended during pregnancy)? I would maybe try Tiger Balm instead?
Crap, I hope so. I've used it during this pregnancy, for some awful shoulder/ upper back pain. It didn't even occur to me that it might not be... it seems so benign. Hoping some more knowledgable mamas chime in here!
My OB in my first pregnancy recommended Icy Hot for me when I was having a weird burning sensation on the top of my stomach...felt like I had a sun burn (the Icy hot was recommended to "shock" the nerves back to normal...worked really well too..). So I am assuming it was safe since she wouldn't recommend something that wasn't. As with anything, I would use it in moderation.
Thanks ladies! I knew you'd all have an opinion! I am going to try some tonight b/c I'm still killing myself to get the house clean before my MIL arrives tomorrow - on top of that, tomorrow is garbage day : - wishing wishing wishing that DH didn't have to travel so much, but at least as of tomorrow evening I'll MIL to help !