An introduction to Homeopathy for Pregnancy and Childbirth. How can it help?The basic principles.


Homeopathy in pregnancy

Homeopathy is excellent for pregnancy, childbirth and babies.  Provided you find
yourself a good book and follow the guidelines it is safe.  Better still, find yourself a

A highly recommended book is, ‘Homeopathy for mother and baby – pregnancy
birth and the post natal year’ by Miranda Castro.  She is the homeopath’s
homeopath and well respected throughout the profession.  The book not only explains
how to use homeopathy, gives remedies for ailments but also very good down to earth
advice on diet, mental and physical health in pregnancy, labour and birth, breast
feeding and early motherhood. Much of the information on homeopathy in this blog is from Miranda’s book.

What is homeopathy?
Homeopathy is a gentle yet highly effective form of complementary medicine that can
offer support on many levels – physical, emotional, and mental.  It works by
stimulating the body’s own healing power so that it can clear itself of many symptoms
of illness and reach a balance.  It cannot harm you or your baby because there are no
toxic side effects.  It is therefore and ideal treatment at a time when most conventional
drugs are prohibited.  It also has the added benefit of boosting the vitality and health
of your baby.

General rules when taking homeopathy
Homeopathy comes in different strengths.  It is usually sold as tiny pillules.  From the chemist you can buy pillules with strength 6c or 30c. 6c is the lowest dose.
If you buy a birth kit, the strength will be 200c.  The larger the number, the stronger the dose.
Homeopathy should be kept away from strong smells.  Never touch the tablet.  Tip
one into the lid and then tip the lid into your mouth.  If you drop a tablet, throw it
away, never put a dropped or handled tablet back in the bottle.
Let the tablet dissolve under your tongue.  Leave at least ten minutes between taking
and tablet and eating, drinking and brushing your teeth.
Strong smells, coffee, peppermint and camphor can anti-dote homeopathy.
You will know quite quickly whether a remedy has worked.  Take another pill when
you feel symptoms returning.
Homeopaths talk about your ‘picture’- this means the symptoms and emotions you are
A ‘constitutional’ remedy acts on a very deep level.  It is a remedy that is given to you
by a professional homeopath.

Homeopathy can be highly successful in treating infertility and regular homeopathic
treatment prior to conception helps maintain a good level of health.

Self-subscribing homeopathy can treat many of the less serious symptoms of
pregnancy such as morning sickness and constipation.  It can also help with emotional
symptoms that may arise in both parents adjust to approaching parenthood.  More
serious complaints such as raised blood pressure, symphisis pubis dysfunction and a
baby in breech position are best helped by a professional homeopath.

Homeopathic remedies are an excellent way of managing birth.  It helps mothers to
relax and follow the natural birth process and giver partners a role as they help to
choose the remedies.  Birthing packs are now available from the Homeopathic
pharmacies, Helios and Ainsworth.
They contain 18 most commonly needed remedies for pregnancy, childbirth and
recovery.  They also contain a mini materia medica, a booklet
which helps you to decide which remedy is needed.

Pain relief in labour
Homeopathy can provide pain relief, give energy to an exhausted mother and ensure
the smooth progression of labour.  It can also be used to induce labour and speed up
flagging contractions once labour is underway.

The use of homeopathy before and after labour can reduce bruising for mother and
baby, can heal nerve damage to the vagina and coccyx, and help heal tears and

Mastitis and cracked nipples
Respond wonderfully to homeopathy.  The correct remedy can bring about relief
within a few hours, avoiding the use of antibiotics so early in the baby’s life.

If the baby has colic, constipation or sticky eyes, they can all be swiftly cured using
the appropriate remedy.

Post natal depression
Can be greatly helped with homeopathy.  The correct remedy will help a woman
rebalance after one of the biggest changes in her life, smoothing the way into her new

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