Recovering from Childbirth with Natural Medicine


Childbirth is such a wonderful time with much joy and excitement. It can also be an emotional rollercoaster with a difficult recovery depending on how your birth goes and how your little one is doing.


For some women everything goes more or less as planned with a natural vaginal delivery and a healthy baby at the end of it. Nonetheless it can be a shock to the system particularly if it’s your first and afterwards, gentle physical recovery and emotional adjustment are required.


For many women there is a point where labour is not progressing and a caesarian section follows. For some of those there is pure relief afterwards to finally have a healthy baby. For others there is a feeling of failure, grief, anger or disappointment that things worked out that way. For many childbirth is an emotional cocktail with a mix of all the above. 

For some women there are high levels of distress and trauma recovering from emergency surgery, ill effects of drugs or struggling to support babies who do not thrive or need an intervention of one type or another.


It is a different journey for every woman and no matter how things go, there is a physical recovery to be made, some level of pain and discomfort until the body heals and makes a complete recovery. Then, there is the up and down emotional journey, sometimes ecstatic, sometimes exhausted - made more challenging by sleepless nights.

Homeopathy and other natural medicines can be a huge support for any and all stages of this journey whether on a physical, mental or emotional level. Homeopathic remedies are safe, non-toxic, can be taken alongside conventional medicine and can be taken during childbirth, while breastfeeding and given to tiny babies. Read on to see the top remedies for physical, emotional and mental recovery.

 

Top remedies for physical recovery:

A good physical recovery will greatly support your mental and emotional recovery, there’s nothing worse than being in great discomfort over a prolonged time.

Arnica – Top remedy for physical recovery after birth whether vaginal or by Caesarian Section. Promotes healing of soft tissues. Reduces bruising, swelling, risk of infection, helps prevent post partum hemorrhage and helps the uterus contract. Calms the nervous system and aids emotional recovery immediately after birth. Also, good for baby with bruising or swelling after forceps or vacuum delivery.

Calendula- Can be taken after Arnica for physical healing especially where there have been perineal tears, episiotomy, stitches and/or surgery to heal the tissues and prevent infection. You can apply calendula ointment topically and wash with Calendula tincture diluted with water. Extensive tearing or episiotomy wounds benefit greatly when Calendula tincture is added to sitz bath water. Also take homeopathic Calendula internally (it can be alternated with Staphysagria or Bellis Per).

Hypericum – Known as the homeopathic morphine, recommended for injuries in areas rich in sentient nerves or to the coccyx or spinal cord. This can be taken after childbirth to promote healing and reduce pain in all cases and especially where there have been tears, stitches, forceps delivery or surgery. Hypericum can also help with bad effects of epidurals. Hypericum can help women who have had pain in the coccyx or spine since childbirth.

Bellis-Perennis – A deeper acting Arnica, for bruising and recovery in more internal organs - for example if there has been surgery or Arnica does not bring relief. Wonderful remedy for tears in the perineum or periurethral area after birth, helps control the bleeding as well. Also useful for bruised, sore pelvic or abdominal tissues following vaginal birth or Caesarean section.

Staphisagria - Great remedy for recovery after surgery and bad tears or episiotomy particularly where there are sharp pains like a knife and the woman feels she has been invaded and violated by the surgery or the birth process (in how it was handled). See below for more on emotions.

Kali Carb - Useful for treating haemorroids after childbirth (There are a number of remedies good for this – consult a homeopath if the problem persists).

Calc-Carb A useful remedy for helping with breast milk flow and regulation, can help if flow is not getting established, great to take around that day where the ‘milk comes in’ to balance milk and emotions.

Urtica Urens (made from stinging nettles) is another suberb remedy to help balance the milk supply (either too much or too little).  Most breastfeeding women can benefit from drinking nettle tea, or you could try it in homeopathic potency.

Lac Defloratum – a remedy that can be used if the milk supply remains low, particularly if you are chilly and exhausted from loss of sleep and / or diabetes.

Belladonna – Great for mastitis – particularly right sided where the breast is red, inflamed and sore with headache and all over mastitis sensations.

Phytolacca – Another remedy for mastitis, cracked nipples and other common breast complaints – may be worth consulting a homeopath to differentiate between remedies (as there are several - these are just the most common) if this is a problem as it is commonly resolved without antibiotics.

 

Top remedies for emotional/mental recovery:

Aconite – Where there is shock/fight/fear of death during or after childbirth, calms the nerves, reduces fear. I heard one midwife describe its effects as a ‘natural valium’.

Ignatia –A super remedy for helping resolve and release grief and disappointment after childbirth where things did not go as planned. The woman may be sad and tearful or highly strung and having emotional outbursts. Ignatia relaxes the nervous system, helps sleep and brings peace.

Natrum Muriaticum – Another remedy for grief; where it is going on longer and becoming deep seated or where the new grief has triggered old grief and the person is feeling isolated and withdrawing.

Kali Phos – For pure exhaustion, physical, mental and emotional during or after childbirth, where this is the primary symptom.

Staphisagria For helping resolve feelings of anger, violation and invasion that were present during the labour and remain. Where a woman feels things were taken out of her control and her privacy and boundaries were violated and abused.

CoffeaFor sleeplessness and nervous excitement after childbirth, overwhelmed with feelings of joy and excitement preventing sleep and relaxation.

Sepia – Top hormonal remedy and most common remedy prescribed for post- natal depression. Balances hormones, balances the menstrual cycle, helps with feelings of overwhelm, anger and that all- over- the- place- ness of trying to juggle kids, house work, professional life, family etc.Most women could benefit from it at some stage. Very useful for women who have had a lot of babies or their babies very close in age.  Also, very good for balancing hormones after coming off birth control or taking HRT.

 

Most of these remedies are available in the Helios Childbirth Kit available at www.homeopathysuppliesireland.ie. They are also available from Down to Earth Homeopathic Pharmacy on Georges St. Dublin 2 or from a professional homeopath.

A 200 potency would be recommended during childbirth and during the recovery period immediately afterwards. Down the line lower potencies may be adequate.

For many physical complaints listed here it would be possible for you to take them based on a the guidelines of the Childbirth kit however, for emotional symptoms, unless they are very straightforward, I would recommend to see a professional homeopath as you will get the most accurate prescription.

 

Children are naturally very responsive to homeopathic remedies and there are many remedies that can help tiny babies overcome difficulties such as colic, failure to thrive (not putting on weight), difficult assimilation of food (breast or other milk not agreeing), allergies, sleeplessness, unexplained screaming and discomfort. Where they need surgery or interventions homeopathy can also be a support.

Taking a remedy:  Do not handle the remedy; just pop it under your tongue from the bottle. If there has been no improvement in symptoms after one or two doses, stop and change to the next best matching remedy. Once there is improvement re-dose only if symptoms return. In other words, don’t take the remedy if it’s not needed.

Homeopathic remedies also work very well alongside other natural therapies such as Cranial-Sacral work, Amatsu, Osteopathy, Reflexology and Reiki. In the case of emotional trauma, counseling and psychotherapy with a recommended therapist is also extremely beneficial and would very much compliment homeopathic treatment.

 

Give yourself the gift of natural healing - get your natural rhythm back.

Siobhan Daffy Classical Homeopath LBSH ISHom practices from Alethea healing centre in Parkwest Dublin 12 and from Glenasmole Dublin 24

www.naturalrhythms.ie                  www.facebook.com/naturalrhythms

Disclaimer - The information herein does not replace the need for medical advice where appropriate. The information about the use of homeopathy contained in this site is not meant to be a substitute for seeking the advice of a qualified homeopath. Always consult a certified classical homeopath before administering or taking homeopathic remedies. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recovering from Childbirth with Natural Medicine

 

Childbirth is such a wonderful time with much joy and excitement. It can also be an emotional rollercoaster with a difficult recovery depending on how your birth goes and how your little one is doing.

 

For some women everything goes more or less as planned with a natural vaginal delivery and a healthy baby at the end of it. Nonetheless it can be a shock to the system particularly if it’s your first and afterwards, gentle physical recovery and emotional adjustment are required.

 

For some people there is a point where labour is not progressing and a caesarian section follows. For some of those there is pure relief afterwards to finally have a healthy baby. For others there is a feeling of failure, grief, anger or disappointment that things worked out that way. For many childbirth is an emotional cocktail with a mix of all the above.

 

For some women there are high levels of distress and trauma recovering from emergency surgery, ill effects of drugs or struggling to support babies who do not thrive or need an intervention of one type or another.

 

It is a different journey for every woman and no matter how things go, there is a physical recovery to be made, some level of pain and discomfort until the body heals and makes a complete recovery. Then, there is the up and down emotional journey, sometimes ecstatic, sometimes exhausted - made more challenging by sleepless nights.

 

Homeopathy and other natural medicines can be a huge support for any and all stages of this journey whether on a physical, mental or emotional level. Homeopathic remedies are safe, non-toxic, can be taken alongside conventional medicine and can be taken during childbirth, while breastfeeding and given to tiny babies. Read on to see the top remedies for physical, emotional and mental recovery.

 

Top remedies for physical recovery:

 

A good physical recovery will greatly support your mental and emotional recovery, there’s nothing worse than being in great discomfort over a prolonged time.

 

Arnica – Top remedy for physical recovery after birth whether vaginal or by Caesarian Section. Promotes healing of soft tissues. Reduces bruising, swelling, risk of infection, helps prevent post partum hemorrhage and helps the uterus contract. Calms the nervous system and aids emotional recovery immediately after birth. Also, good for baby with bruising or swelling after forceps or vacuum delivery.

 

Calendula- Can be taken after Arnica for physical healing especially where there have been perineal tears, episiotomy, stitches and/or surgery to heal the tissues and prevent infection. You can apply calendula ointment topically and wash with Calendula tincture diluted with water. Extensive tearing or episiotomy wounds benefit greatly when Calendula tincture is added to sitz bath water. Also take homeopathic Calendula internally (it can be alternated with Staphysagria or Bellis Per).

 

Hypericum – Known as the homeopathic morphine, recommended for injuries in areas rich in sentient nerves or to the coccyx or spinal cord. This can be taken after childbirth to promote healing and reduce pain in all cases and especially where there have been tears, stitches, forceps delivery or surgery. Hypericum can also help with bad effects of epidurals. Hypericum can help women who have had pain in the coccyx or spine since childbirth.

 

Bellis-Perennis – A deeper acting Arnica, for bruising and recovery in more internal organs - for example if there has been surgery or Arnica does not bring relief. Wonderful remedy for tears in the perineum or periurethral area after birth, helps control the bleeding as well. Also useful for bruised, sore pelvic or abdominal tissues following vaginal birth or Caesarean section.

Staphisagria - Great remedy for recovery after surgery and bad tears or episiotomy particularly where there are sharp pains like a knife and the woman feels she has been invaded and violated by the surgery or the birth process (in how it was handled). See below for more on emotions.

 

Kali Carb - Useful for treating haemorroids after childbirth (There are a number of remedies good for this – consult a homeopath if the problem persists).

 

Calc-Carb A useful remedy for helping with breast milk flow and regulation, can help if flow is not getting established, great to take around that day where the ‘milk comes in’ to balance milk and emotions.

 

Urtica Urens (made from stinging nettles) is another suberb remedy to help balance the milk supply (either too much or too little).  Most breastfeeding women can benefit from drinking nettle tea, or you could try it in homeopathic potency.

 

Lac Defloratum – a remedy that can be used if the milk supply remains low, particularly if you are chilly and exhausted from loss of sleep and / or diabetes.

 

Belladonna – Great for mastitis – particularly right sided where the breast is red, inflamed and sore with headache and all over mastitis sensations.

 

Phytolacca – Another remedy for mastitis, cracked nipples and other common breast complaints – may be worth consulting a homeopath to differentiate between remedies (as there are several - these are just the most common) if this is a problem as it is commonly resolved without antibiotics.

 

 

 

Top remedies for emotional/mental recovery

 

Aconite – Where there is shock/fight/fear of death during or after childbirth, calms the nerves, reduces fear. I heard one midwife describe its effects as a ‘natural valium’.

 

Ignatia –A super remedy for helping resolve and release grief and disappointment after childbirth where things did not go as planned. The woman may be sad and tearful or highly strung and having emotional outbursts. Ignatia relaxes the nervous system, helps sleep and brings peace.

 

Natrum Muriaticum – Another remedy for grief; where it is going on longer and becoming deep seated or where the new grief has triggered old grief and the person is feeling isolated and withdrawing.

 

Kali Phos – For pure exhaustion, physical, mental and emotional during or after childbirth, where this is the primary symptom.

 

Staphisagria – For helping resolve feelings of anger, violation and invasion that were present during the labour and remain. Where a woman feels things were taken out of her control and her privacy and boundaries were violated and abused.

 

Coffea – For sleeplessness and nervous excitement after childbirth, overwhelmed with feelings of joy and excitement preventing sleep and relaxation.

 

Sepia – Top hormonal remedy and most common remedy prescribed for post- natal depression. Balances hormones, balances the menstrual cycle, helps with feelings of overwhelm, anger and that all- over- the- place- ness of trying to juggle kids, house work, professional life, family etc.

Most women could benefit from it at some stage. Very useful for women who have had a lot of babies or their babies very close in age.

Also, very good for balancing hormones after coming off birth control or taking HRT.

 

Most of these remedies are available in the Helios Childbirth Kit available at www.irishhomeopathysupplies.ie. They are also available from Down to Earth Homeopathic Pharmacy on Georges St. Dublin 2 or from a professional homeopath.

 

A 200 potency would be recommended during childbirth and during the recovery period immediately afterwards. Down the line lower potencies may be adequate.

For many physical complaints listed here it would be possible for you to take them based on a the guidelines of the Childbirth kit however, for emotional symptoms, unless they are very straightforward, I would recommend to see a professional homeopath as you will get the most accurate prescription.

 

 

 

 

Children are naturally very responsive to homeopathic remedies and there are many remedies that can help tiny babies overcome difficulties such as colic, failure to thrive (not putting on weight), difficult assimilation of food (breast or other milk not agreeing), allergies, sleeplessness, unexplained screaming and discomfort. Where they need surgery or interventions homeopathy can also be a support.

 

Taking a remedy:

 

Do not handle the remedy; just pop it under your tongue from the bottle. If there has been no improvement in symptoms after one or two doses, stop and change to the next best matching remedy. Once there is improvement re-dose only if symptoms return. In other words, don’t take the remedy if it’s not needed.

 

Homeopathic remedies also work very well alongside other natural therapies such as Cranial-Sacral work, Amatsu, Osteopathy, Reflexology and Reiki. In the case of emotional trauma, counseling and psychotherapy with a recommended therapist is also extremely beneficial and would very much compliment homeopathic treatment.

 

Give yourself the gift of natural healing - get your natural rhythm back.

 

Siobhan Daffy Classical Homeopath LBSH ISHom practices from Alethea healing centre in Parkwest Dublin 12 and from Glenasmole Dublin 24

www.naturalrhythms.ie                  www.facebook.com/naturalrhythms

 

 

Disclaimer - The information herein does not replace the need for medical advice where appropriate. The information about the use of homeopathy contained in this site is not meant to be a substitute for seeking the advice of a qualified homeopath. Always consult a certified classical homeopath before administering or taking homeopathic remedies.