Homeopathy & Pregnancy
For most women, homeopathy can help enormously during the months before giving birth and after. In Germany, India and other countries its use has been well established for many years.
I learnt of homeopathy for pregnancy and birth as a young midwife, in 1984. At the time, women, midwifes and some doctors were choosing a more natural approach to medical treatment. This still applies in many more ways and now homeopathy is more widely used than ever before.
Doctor Samuel Hahnemann, of Germany, disagreeing with the, often, brutal approach of medicine in the late 1700s, made some careful observations, then research, including medical trials, – in this way homeopathy was born. Through his research, Samuel Hahneman found that “like cures like”, this is the foundation of homeopathy and has been ever since he began using this therapy in 1796.
Homeopathy became very popular with midwifes in Germany when training was offered in 1986. Germany officially recognises homeopathy and it has been in use in many labour wards there since the early 1990’s.
What are those little, white, sugar pills and how are they used? From my experience, I’ll now share a few examples of homeopathic remedies with you.
Firstly, its best to find a midwife with homeopathic training and/or a homeopath who knows about pregnancy and birth.
Medicine : Pulsatilla.
Helpful if a baby is in breech position (bottom down).
Dosage : 5 globules, D30, 3 times a day over 2-3 days.
This can be followed one week later by one dose of 5 globules, Pulsatilla C200.
Globules are made from lactulose and are safe to use during pregnancy. This remedy is helpful in combination with Moxibustion (Chinese medicine), or if you choose an external version (the baby is turned manually), Pulsatilla will be helpful to ease the anxiety that you may experience. Pulsatilla helps many babies to turn, finding the best position for birth.
Pulsatilla, in general, is a remedy for women. It can ease nausea in the early weeks of pregnancy. If a woman feels better with fresh air and company at this time, often Pulsatilla will be suitable for her.
This is another excellent remedy, especially when you are facing an induction of labour and you want to have a smooth delivery. In 1993, the British Homeopathic Journal published a study from a hospital in Milan showing that the use of Caulophyllum helped shorten the length of labour by approximately 90 minutes.
The indication for using Caulophyllum is when a woman presents with a rigid cervix,
having strong, short contractions intermittently, but no progress. Women may also experience sharp pains in the area around the cervix. If a woman is presenting in this way and she has a gentle personality and is sensitive to cold, then Caulophyllum is helpful for her.
This remedy helps a woman feel less fatigue during contractions when given several days before an induction.
Dosage : Caulophyllum D30, for a few days, 5 globules once daily, or Caulophyllum C 200, 5 globules once daily, for 2-3 days .
If labour is not progressing, you can use D30/C6, 3 Globules every 15-30 minutes.
Once the labour progresses – stop this treatment.
This remedy has been used by some North American Indians for centuries.
Medicine : Cimicifuga.
Helps well with false labour.
Dosage : Cimicifuga C6, 5 globules every hour – call your midwife to assess and assist you.
Again, if you are facing an induction, it is helpful to alternate Cimicifiuga with Caulophyllum, potency, – D30 or C6.
Another Indication for using Cimicifuga is if labour shows little progress and the woman expresses the feeling that she fears she’ll never give birth.
Helpful if there was heavy bleeding in a previous pregnancy or birth.
You can take 3 doses in one day near to your due date. This must be 5 globules, Millefollium C30, per dose.
Finally, the most used homeopathic remedy.
This is the remedy everyone should have in their handbag. Arnica eases bruising, bleeding, trauma and is excellent after giving birth. It helps to heal the uterus quickly, restoring inner balance and well-being to a woman.
Dosage : 5 globules, C30, 3 times daily.
Some years ago, when I was working as a midwife in a hospital, a woman arrived to give birth to her third baby. All previous births had been natural and normal. She was contracting fast and strong and her baby’s heart rate dropped very low with each contraction, recovering slowly. Her Cervix was only open 3 cm.
No matter what my colleague tried, things were not progressing or improving.
I suggested offering the woman homeopathy whilst medical staff were almost preparing for theatre. She was on a drip to stop the contractions that were so rapid and strong, still the cervix did not open and the baby was enduring much stress.
As the drip was having no effect, I gave her Nux Vomica C30. The contractions normalised 3 minutes later. The woman became calm, her baby’s heart rate recovered and remained regular. A consultant said afterwards, “I don’t know what kind of white lollies you gave her, but they worked!” She gave birth, beautifully, 45 minutes later.
Jutta Wohlrab is an international midwife, trainer, public speaker and founder of the Elements of Birth. Combining medical knowledge with complementary therapies, Jutta offers exceptional solutions to many common problems.
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