Welcome to the Pregnancy edition of Homeopathy & Health Newsletter!
Did you know that Homeopathy can safely and gently relieve most pregnancy related symptoms and discomforts? Homeopathy is a gentle yet effective system of medicine which uses remedies that are highly diluted and are not chemical drugs, making them safe for both babies and mothers.
Labour and Delivery
It’s the thing you’ve been gearing up to this whole time. Kinda a big deal, right? It’s going to happen whichever way you look at it, so we may as well explore some ways to help you manage it.
Getting ready for labour and delivery is an important part of the process. We are all familiar with the part that involves getting the nursery set up, washing and folding all those adorable little onesies, stocking up on diapers, and arranging care for older siblings and pets once the day arrives.
But our bodies need to be ready too. Homeopathy can be used to get our bodies ready to go into labour, on time and effectively. There remains a controversial connection between Pitocin, a hormone given to women to initiate overdue labour or speed up delayed labour, and the condition of Autism in children. Going into labour naturally is the safest option.
Optimal Fetal Positioning
Pulsatilla and Kali Carbonicum are the two best known remedies for encouraging babies to move into optimal positioning for birth. They are known to be able to flip a breach baby into a head down position or turn a posterior baby (or sunny side up) into the right position. Using these remedies remind baby that there is an easier way to be born and can help prevent painful back labour and/or a cesarean section.
Four Conditions of Labour & Delivery
There are many conditions of labour and delivery: overdue labour, false labour, premature labour, irregular labour, weak or non-progressive labour, difficult labour and so on. Here are four common conditions and some remedies we can think of for each. Please remember, this is not an exhaustive list; if you’d like more support or don’t see listed here what you need, contact your homeopath.
1. False Labour
This is labour that has actually started but is not progressing. Contractions may become intense but the cervix does not open and the baby cannot come down. In this case, we think of Caulophyllum for false labour pains with a bearing down sensation and Cimicifuga for pains that fly from one side of the belly to the other.
2. During Labour
In Mohawk tradition, contractions represent the disconnection between the mother and the child. Labour is the time when the child must leave the safe and secure world inside the mother. There are many remedies for labour, Aconite for fear and anxiety after waters break, Gelsemium for trembling legs and chattering teeth during labour, Kali Carbonicum for severe back pain, Cimicifuga for intense pain that causes you to double over. The list is long, too long for this newsletter! Talk to your midwife or homeopath for more info.
3. During Birth
We can treat both mother and baby homeopathically. Arnica is a wonderful remedy for the mother for fatigue during the last stages of labour and for the prevention of bruising during birth. Aconite can be helpful for the newborn who seems distressed, perturbed, and responds with agitated crying to suctioning or other procedures.
4. Cesarean Birth
Not every birth may go smoothly. Arnica, Staphysagria, and Calendula should be part of your birth kit in the event of a cesarean section. They will help with shock, trauma, pain, bruising, infection, and hemorrhage.
TIP: Did you know you can make your own Homeopathic Childbirth Kit tailored specifically to you? Thinking about using homeopathy to support you in pregnancy, labour & delivery? Email me at email@example.com to book a complimentary call to learn about how I can help.
Homeopathy is a very individualized form of medicine, so if you feel like you don’t align with one of these remedies, there is another one out there that can help you. This remedy information is provided for educational purposes only and should not be used as a means to treat and/or diagnose any condition or ailment. Speak to your midwife, obstetrician, or registered homeopath for more information.