The following suggestions may help women deal with common symptoms and difficulties experienced during birthing. It is not suggested that homoeopathy take the place of medical care, rather that it allows you to deal with problems that may otherwise go untreated and cause distress and discomfort.
The following information may be helpful and relates to homoeopathic remedy pictures and information available in traditional homoeopathic texts. Homoeopathic principles should be applied when using any homoeopathic remedy. Always read the product label. If symptoms persist consult your health care practitioner promptly.
The following instructions should be studied carefully, well before they are needed so that you are familiar with the indications for each remedy and it only takes a quick review to choose the correct remedy. If it fails to act you need to reconsider your symptoms.
Remedies to Use Throughout: Arnica regularly during labour may help with symptoms of bruising, trauma and shock. Mag phos with its antispasmodic action may help with pain. It can be put in water with the Bach Flower combination Rescue Remedy and sipped. Rescue Remedy is an excellent calming tonic and restorative that can also be given to anyone attending the birth for emotional exhaustion.
Anxiety & Emotional Upset: Anxiety with diarrhoea and general shakiness; trembling of hands, legs etc – Gelsemium. Gushing of bright red blood with great anxiety and fear of death. Sudden sinking of strength or for intolerable pain with anxiety – Aconite. Emotional, clingy, weepy, unpredictable, needs consolation and a cuddle – Pulsatilla. Pulsatilla may need repeating at any stage during labour, if this pattern emerges. Indifferent, irritable and adverse to consolation – Sepia.
Back Pain: Kali carb for weakness and pain in the small of the back. Sepia can be used where the pain is better for hard pressure in the small of the back. When labour pains extend to the back, passing up the spine or to the hips try Gelsemium.
Ineffectual Contractions: Use Caulophyllum for contractions that are ineffectual or if labour is intermittent. One or two doses usually enhances contractions or reinstates labour if it has ceased. It may be necessary to take a few doses, but don’t repeat too frequently as the contractions could follow one on top of each other with no recuperation period. Gelsemium or Cimicifuga may be useful for rigidity of cervix if Caulophyllum fails.
Irritability & Pain Intolerance: Chamomilla is most often used in the second stage. Indications are of great irritability, uncharacteristic to the patient and caused by the intensity of the pain. Typically the Chamomilla patient becomes very irritable and fractious, orders people out of the room, even has a temper tantrum. It may be used for any condition where this irritability is present. Aconite for intolerable pain with prominent anxiety.
Caesarian Section: Arnica, started before surgery and continuing immediately after the birth for a week or so may help heal bruising, Hypericum may help stimulate repair of any nerve damage and Staphysagria for healing the incision. These remedies can be repeated regularly after the Caesarian as needed until healed.
Episiotomy & Tears: see Birth Trauma in the Post Partum health topic or Mother and Baby Info Sheet.