Labor, Birthing and Homeopathy
Read about Pregnancy Remedies
There are many highly effective
homeopathic remedies to help deal with
possible problems during childbirth, such as a cervix which is slow to dilate,
pain, excessive bleeding, retained placenta, other difficulties.
can advise you and your partner on the use of remedies prior to labor. Be
sure to bring your acute remedy kit and
dosing supplies to the birthing center and these specific remedies below
with you, as well as clear written dosing instructions for your midwife
and/or partner to follow.
The following remedies are often required, both
during and after labor, so be sure to review this list and have as many of these
on hand for delivery in a 200C potency for water
the labor is too fast (any stage), the pains are very strong (even unbearable)
and you have a feeling of panic
this remedy is often indicated for relief of soreness that comes from
physical exertion and muscle strain. It is also useful for soreness after
labor and delivery, and for hemorrhoids that follow childbirth. An indispensable remedy that can be given from time to time during labor to
help the muscles function properly, to relieve the over-exertion of labor and
reduce the bruised feeling after delivery.
Bellis perennis for bruised,
sore pelvic or abdominal tissues following birth or Caesarean section.
Bellis often follows well after Arnica, or when Arnica fails to relieve the
discomfort or pain.
This remedy can help to strengthen a woman who tends toward easy tiredness,
poor digestion, cold hands and feet, and poor absorption of nutrients. Some
women who need this remedy find only junk food appealing during pregnancy,
or have cravings for smoked and salty food. A history of easy tooth decay
and aching bones and joints can also suggest a need for this remedy. Often irritable because of
tiredness, and may long for travel or a change of circumstances.
Caulophyllum: This remedy may be helpful to
women with weak muscle tone in the uterus. A history of irregular periods,
slow and difficult labor with previous deliveries, or weakness of the cervix
may bring this remedy to mind. The woman may feel erratic pains like
sticking needles, or episodes of contracting pain. She typically feels
nervous, shaky, and trembling (sometimes irritable, as well). for a difficult labor where the cervix is slow to dilate and the pains are
strong but ineffective. You feel cold and trembly.
This remedy can be helpful to a woman who feels weak and faint during
pregnancy, with poor circulation, a general feeling of coldness, and a
craving for fresh or moving air. She may also have frequent digestive upsets
with burning pain and a tendency to belch. A woman who is deeply tired from
overwork, many pregnancies close together, or a previous illness may regain
Cimicifuga (also called
Actaea racemosa): This remedy can be helpful to
women who are nervous and talkative, with a tendency to feel fearful and
gloomy during pregnancy. They may become over agitated and fear a miscarriage
sometimes having pains that feel like labor pains too early, or pains that
shoot from hip to hip and down the thighs.
- The pains are unbearable, even
early in the labor. Extremely irritable or angry. No matter what is offered
or done, it is not right. Hands and feet cold.
A woman who has a sturdy build, but looks very pale and weary flushing red
from any exertion or emotion may respond to this remedy. This
is often helpful in correcting anemic tendencies.
This remedy can be helpful for nervous, sensitive women who often feel weak
or tired, with easy flushing of the face and a tendency toward anemia. A
woman who needs this remedy often has a slender build and may develop
frequent neck and shoulder stiffness.
Weakness and exhaustion difficult to support
weight. Muscles tremble with the effort of movement. Contractions weaken and
- Hypericum perforatum
Shooting nerve pains following
perineal damage or caesarian section.
Irregular contractions. Pain of
contractions felt mainly in the back (such as with posterior postion
babies). Feels as if back may break, much better for firm pressure. Fearful
for simple exhaustion during labor, mental, emotional and physical.
Nux vomica: This remedy may be useful for
indigestion, heartburn, stomach pain, and constipation during pregnancy. A
woman needs this remedy usually is impatient, irritable, and chilly.
This remedy is often helpful at times of strong hormonal changes,
especially to women who are moody and emotional, and want a lot of affection
and attention. They often crave desserts or butter and may overeat, which
can lead to indigestion and nausea, or excessive weight-gain. Pregnant women
who need this remedy feel uncomfortable in hot weather and in stuffy rooms,
improving from gentle exercise in open air. When contractions are irregular and weak, the cervix is slow to dilate and you
feel miserable, clingy and tearful. You may talk about wanting to give up and go
Not likely to be needed but an important remedy if a post-partum
infection in the uterus develops following childbirth. Rapidly resolves
sepsis. May be used for its protective effect against infection of mother or
baby if the membranes have been ruptured for a long time before the onset of
labour, especially if a temperature develops.
for women who are tired, dragged out, and
irritable during pregnancy and feeling overburdened by demands of family
members, or with little enthusiasm for the pregnancy. Poor circulation, nausea, constipation, a tendency toward accidental
urine loss, and a feeling of sagging or weakness in the pelvic floor. Better
with an energy-boost from exercise.
Staphysagria useful following incision,
penetration, or stretching of muscle fibres, as happens with a Caesarean
sections or dilatation and curettage (d&c). It encourages the
quick healing of incisional or lacerated wounds. Relieves the feelings of
anger, resentment, disappointment, and emotional upset that may follow a
After Your Birth
After the birth, you can use homeopathic remedies
to speed up healing for yourself and your baby - this will help you to enjoy the
whole experience more:
for shock following the fear of the intensity of birth, in yourself, your
partner or your baby.
to relieve soreness, bruising and after-pains. Also helpful for babies who
are bruised (from a long labor or a forceps delivery).
Bellis perennis: If
you are still sore after three days to help with bruising to deep muscle
for mental exhaustion after delivery, with headache, tiredness but too
excited to sleep, especially in the first day or two after the birth
post-natal blues, especially when the milk comes in. You feel
utterly miserable and burst into tears at the slightest thing but you feel much
better for being comforted