Pregnancy is a time of great joy and can also be a challenging time for many women as the body undergoes huge physical change, hormonal fluctuations and emotional ups and downs. Any treatments given during these months must be gentle and supportive without side effects and it is here that natural therapies can be used with great success.
For general maintenance of bone/teeth/muscles/iron levels the biochemical tissue salts (found in many health food stores) can be used during pregnancy to support tissue change and replace lost minerals, replenishing the mother’s resources while the baby is growing.
The main Tissue salts recommended during pregnancy are:
Calc Fluor and Silica to support bones, teeth and connective tissue
Ferrum Phos to aid blood oxygenation, promoting iron stores and protecting against infection
Mag Phos to help with nerve and muscle development, morning sickness and leg cramps
Nat-Mur to help balance fluid levels and regulate blood pressure
Where morning sickness becomes extreme or continues past the first 3-4 months homeopathic remedies may also be helpful to bring some balance to the whole system and relieve the symptoms.
Where women experience back pain or sciatica there are a number of gentle physical therapies that may help including Cranial Sacral Therapy and Amatsu.
Pregnancy massage, reflexology and reiki can also be very helpful for muscle relaxation and releasing any stress or tension in the body.
Once a woman becomes pregnant a journey begins with this new baby and it can be a time of emotional upheaval and uncertainty for many women as old issues and patterns come to the fore. Sometimes old memories from their childhood may return, sometimes there can be anxieties and fears. This can be a great opportunity for self-nurturing and finding natural ways to resolve these issues in preparation for the new baby. Homeopathic remedies are safe to take during pregnancy and have no side effects. They can be very helpful where emotional or physical issues arise during pregnancy and the mother is interested in using natural remedies to relieve the problem.
Pulsatilla is one example of a commonly used remedy for emotional and hormonal change. It can be used to balance mind and body during pregnancy. The child in the womb is connecting with the mothers’ feelings and state of mind. Where a grief or trauma occurs during pregnancy this can affect both mother and child. Some helpful homeopathic remedies in this situation could be: Aconite or Gelsemium, (for shocks/bad news) Ignatia, (for grief or shock) or Arnica, for any physical injuries or bruising.
During childbirth there are many remedies that can be employed to help keep things flowing, reduce anxiety and make pain more manageable. Homeopathic childbirth kits can be purchased for use during labour and after birth. If you have a relationship with a homeopath they will be able to meet with you and your birth partner to recommend remedies for use during labour.
Homeopathy is invaluable during the post partum period. There are many remedies for recovery after labour that can be taken internally including Arnica, Hypericum, Calendula all of which help with healing of wounds and assisting the uterus in recovery. I have found Homeopathic remedies helpful in many areas including supporting breast health and milk flow during feeding, treating mastitis and other common problems as well as supporting overall physical recovery and energy levels after child birth.
As a safe and natural medicine it may also be used to treat issues arising in new born children including colic, skin problems, digestive and feeding problems. A few useful remedies in the store cupboard can save many an ear pain from developing into an infection or turn a sleepless night into a peaceful night for all concerned. Having a relationship with a homeopathic practitioner can help support family health through pregnancy, childbirth and on into childhood bringing relief and support in a natural way.
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Disclaimer: This information is intended as educational information only and is not to be taken as medical advice. It is your responsibility to seek medical help and diagnosis where appropriate. Health care professionals should always be consulted for any health problem or medical concern.