My first pregnancy was very difficult; I was throwing up for the first 3 months non-stop. My contractions stopped completely all of a sudden and my water broke the day before my due date. We rushed to the hospital and the doctor said I need epidural and pitocin to induce the delivery. Because the baby’s heart rate had dropped, I ended up with an emergency c-section. My recovery was awful, I was very weak and sore all over, and wasn’t able to take care of my baby for a couple months. This time I want to give a natural birth to my second child without drugs and surgery but I feel nervous. My best friend got great emotional and physical support with homeopathy, so she advised me to call you. Please help me.
Pregnancy is a wonderful, life-enriching experience; many women develop a beautiful glow as new life grows inside of them. However, this joyous occasion may be complicated by some difficulties like morning sickness, heartburn, constipation, or other problems. There are not too many safe treatments at this important time. Homeopathic medicine is the best choice for expectant moms to maintain physical and emotional health.
Here are the most common questions and situations I've been dealing with in my everyday practice:
Is it safe to use Homeopathy during the pregnancy and while nursing?
Yes, Homeopathy is the safest medicine to use during pregnancy and birth, after delivery, and while breastfeeding. By gentle stimulation of your vitality, homeopathy at the same time automatically will benefit the baby. Containing only a minute amount of the natural ingredients form mineral, plant or animal sources, homeopathic remedies cannot cause any side effects. The safety is one of the biggest reasons why Homeopathy has become so popular. More and more couples are now looking for homeopathic care instead of using over- the - counter which can cause serious adverse reactions in both expectant mom and unborn baby.
Will homeopathic remedies interfere with prescription medications?
No, homeopathic medicines will not interfere with the use of prescription drugs and if necessary, they may be used simultaneously. In fact, many midwifes have been successfully treating patients using homeopathic remedies, by themselves or with the help of a homeopathic doctor.
When is the best time to start homeopathic care?
Even though it's never too late to start, I strongly recommend to begin the homeopathic treatment long before you become pregnant. There is no better gift for a newborn than mom and dad receiving individual homeopathic care before conception. Different diseases and predispositions to them, might be inherent. For example, if one of the parents has suffered from severe eczema since early childhood, most likely a newborn baby may develop eczema, and in the worst case - asthma. If these imbalances are addressed prior to conception, there is a much greater possibility that the baby will be healthier in all aspects.
What kind of complaints can be addressed during pregnancy?
Homeopathy helps with many minor health problems, such as morning sickness, bladder problems, diarrhea or constipation, hemorrhoids, heartburn, anemia, varicose veins, backache, cramps, thrush or emotional distress. Even more complicated symptoms such as elevated blood pressure or edema can be helped by professional homeopathic treatment.
Morning sickness : In case of constant deathly nausea with empty belching and retching, without relieve, vomiting and tiredness - Ipeca will help. If a patient is very irritable, wants to vomit, but is not able to do it: Colubrina will relieve the condition. Pulsatilla – if nausea worse after eating and drinking, better in fresh air. Sepia- intermittent nausea, which is worse in the morning and worse for smelling or even thought of food.
My suggestions also are: avoid rich, fatty foods and try eating little and often if your nausea is worse when you are hungry.
Constipation is common in pregnancy as the hormones preparing the pelvis muscles for labor can slow the digestive process down. I usually recommend adjusting the diet and include more fruits and vegetables as well as avoid wheat (as gluten can have a clogging effect).
Bryonia is for large hard dry stool, which is difficult to expel, with headache, which is worse for slightest movement and irritability . Colubrina is for frequent urging to pass a stool, but cannot in spite of straining, or passes only small amounts each time, feels as if some is left behind, with piles that itch and bleed
Homeopathic care during the birth and pain relieve
Homeopathy is a great option for pain management in labour. There are many remedies that can effectively help deal with possible problems during childbirth such as, cervix which is slow to dilate, pain, excessive bleeding, or retained placenta. For example, Caulophyllum can be used to synchronize the action of the uterine muscles in all of the sudden ceasing contractions. Kali Carbonicum helps for the “back labour” with excessive low back pain.
One of the most important "tools" for coping with labour pain is the empowerment brought by the understanding that childbirth is a healthy process. Passed from parents and grandparents for generations, mom's attitudes and beliefs about birth and pain will strongly influence how she experiences the sensations of labour.
Healing after the birth
After the birth homeopathic remedies speed healing for yourself and your baby - this will help make the experience more enjoyable for both of you.
Arnica - one of the famous homeopathic remedy for bruising and injury of the soft tissues of the mother and a baby. Another homeopathic remedy Bellis Perennis might be very useful for the injury of the deep tissues and a sore feeling in the pelvic region.
Can Homeopathy help with postpartum depression ?
Yes, individually chosen homeopathic remedies can effectively work for prevention and treatment of postpartum depression. This requires taking a comprehensive homeopathic history, as different mothers have different reasons for being depressed.
Can Homeopathic medicine help for slow milk supply and other breast problems while nursing?
Breast-feeding is doing a wonder for babies physical and emotional health, bonding the baby with a mom. Yes, Homeopathy has great capacity to help nursing moms with breast engorgement, cracked sore nipples, and insufficient milk flow.
Homeopathy is useful for couples with fertility problems. Of course, medical investigations are essential, but in many cases all these tests are normal. Homeopathic treatment of both partners can maximize their health and solve the problem.
Safety Tips for Expectant Moms
- Avoid foods containing phenylalanine and aspartame, as these can be dangerous for you and unborn baby.
- Increase your intake of iron-rich foods to keep up with an increased demand.
- Avoid different medications like: acetaminophen , Maalox, Pepto-Bismol, Tums, Accutane, antihistamines, aspirin, cold and cough medicine, decongestants, estrogens.
- Avoid eating rare or undercooked meat, or poultry.
- Choose a well balanced diet consisting of a variety of fruits, vegetables, grains, protein, and healthy fats. Be sure to get plenty of rest and sleep!
- Exercise regularly! Yoga has been found to be particularly helpful during pregnancy and as preparation for birth.
Dear expectant moms, by being as healthy as possible during pregnancy you are giving your baby the ideal conditions in which to thrive!