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Homeopathy for Pregnancy’s Common Complaints

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Safe, gentle homeopathy has been the choice of pregnant women worldwide for more than 200 years. It is fantastically effective for keeping moms and babies healthy and for relieving or averting common problems before, during, and after childbirth. Homeopathic remedies are approved by the FDA and prepared in accordance with the Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the U.S. Available in health food stores, drugstores, and homeopathic pharmacies, these pleasant-tasting remedies are made from natural sources (e.g., plants, minerals) and are taken in extremely small doses. When used as directed, they are completely safe for everyone, including pregnant women, newborns, children, and adults. You need not worry about toxic side effects as you do with conventional medications. Homeopathic remedies work with your body’s own natural processes to heal you gently and naturally.

“What is so remarkable and different about homeopathic remedies is that there is no possibility of negative side effects. This makes it especially valuable for pregnant women, new moms, babies, and children of all ages. I have successfully used homeopathy for many years, and my daughter continues the tradition with my grandson. I rank homeopathics right alongside natural childbirth, breastfeeding, co-sleeping, and cranial sacral work.” Suzanne Arms, Author, Educator, and Director of Birthing the Future.

 

Pregnancy's Common Complaints

Morning Sickness:

We all know that eating dry crackers before getting out of bed can make the feeling subside. Avoid rich, high-fat foods. If nausea is worse when you are hungry, eat frequently but in small amounts. One of these homeopathic remedies may help: Pulsatilla, Ipecacuanha, Nux vomica, Sepia (see chart for details).

Heartburn:

Is one of the most common complaints of pregnant women, perhaps because hormonal changes relax the esophagus, allowing acid to back up. Try cutting out spicy and greasy foods, and sleep with your head and shoulders elevated. Ginger tea can be helpful if you drink it before or during a meal, rather than when you actually have heartburn. One of these homeopathic remedies may also bring relief: Pulsatilla, Carbo vegetalis (see chart for details).

Hemorrhoids and Constipation:

Hormonal changes that relax the muscles of your pelvis in preparation for labor can slow down digestion, while your growing uterus puts pressure on other organs and veins. This can make you prone to constipation and hemorrhoids. Along with drinking lots of water and eating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, one of the following remedies may help: Sepia, Lycopodium. Hamamelis (see chart for details).

Backache and Ligament Pain:

Mild lower backache results from gravity as the body changes. “Round ligament pain” is usually felt as a brief, sharp pain or a longer-lasting dull ache in the groin or lower abdomen, as your ligaments stretch and thicken to support the growing uterus. Make sure to sleep on a firm bed and wear comfortable, low-heeled shoes. Try one of the following remedies for additional relief: Kali carb, Belladonna, Sepia, Bellis perennis (see chart for details).

Insomnia:

During the early stages of pregnancy, changing hormone levels may contribute to insomnia. During the last trimester, discomfort from the growing baby, increased urination, and anticipation of the birth may keep you awake at night. One of these remedies may give relief: Coffea crudum, Aconite (see chart for details).

Labor:

Many women fear that labor will be painful, but we now know that fear can actually contribute to labor pain. So prepare for your baby’s birth with childbirth education to better understand the process and with relaxation training (e.g., selfhypnosis) to reduce fear and lessen or eliminate discomfort. If pain does become problematic during labor, homeopathy can work quickly and safely to relieve you. For example, if you experience extreme pain in the back during labor (“back labor”), certain homeopathic remedies (e.g.,Kali carbonicum) can be very effective. Homeopathy has a long history of helping the laboring woman in many other ways as well. For example, if exhaustion overwhelms you or if labor has stalled and is not progressing, a well-chosen homeopathic remedy can set you right and get your labor back on track. Of course, you will likely need an experienced homeopathic prescriber at your side during labor to help you select a remedy (some of the most frequently used remedies include Caulophyllum, Cimicifuga, Arnica, Bellis perennis, Belladonna, and Kali carbonicum).

Healing After the Birth:

Homeopathy works beautifully to speed healing and relieve pain. Some of the remedies include: Arnica, Staphysagrai, Bellis perennis, Calendula, Hypericum, Phytolacca (see chart for details)

 

Contributors:

Nancy Gahles DC CCH RSHom, has had a family practice for over 25 years in NYC and Belle Harbor NY, where she specializes in homeopathy and chiropractic. She operates Health and Harmony Wellness education, which offers consultations and symposia on complementary and alternative medicine. She serves as a CAM expert on hte panel of Mothering Magazine.

MJ Hanafin RN, CNM, DHOM, a nurse midwife for over 40 years, has delivered more than 7000 babies from Nepal to New Mexico. Past president of the Pacific Academy of Homeopathy and has taught at the Royal London Homeopathic Hospital.

*This information is intended for professional use only. The views and opinions expressed herein do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of TxOptions, Standard Homeopathic and Hyland’s. These statements are based upon traditional homeopathic practice. They have not been reviewed by the Food and Drug Administration.