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Homeopathy for Pregnancy, Labour and Post-Partum

Homeopathy for Pregnancy, Labour and Post-Partum

by Helena Ovens, N.D., FCAH, CCH

Homeopathic treatment is safe to use from the moment of conception until the moment before death. It is particularly indicated during pregnancy because there are no side-effects or possible injury to the fetus.

The following is a short summary of uses for Homeopathy for Mom and Babe.

"Obstetrics/Pediatrics" By Helena Ovens, N.D., FCAH

Nausea in Pregnancy
1. Sepia — nausea worse in the morning; worse sight and smell of food; ‘all gone’ sensation in region of epigastric; ‘hungry feeling’ not relieved by eating; craves sour foods, especially pickles and vinegar; indifferent and irritable to loved ones; weep when they tell you their symptoms.
2. Colichicum — nausea precipitated by the sight or smell of food, especially meat and eggs; very thirsty; worse with movement.
3. Symphoricarpus Racemose — specific to nausea in pregnancy; to be used when no other remedy is indicated.

Malpresentation
1. Mother’s constitutional remedy would help to turn the baby.
2. Pulsatilla 10M will often turn the baby (age 35 to 40). Often pregnant women are in a ‘Pulsatilla’ state.

Increase the Effectiveness of Labour (to dilate the cervix and increase contractions of the uterus)
1. Caulophyllum (Blue Cohosh) — 200CH — 2x/day for 3 days in the 9th month; will stimulate better contractions and dilate the cervix (Red Raspberry Leaf Tea strengthens the uterus).

After the Birth
1. Arnica — to decrease the trauma of birth, to mom (for sure) and possibly to baby; will also decrease post-partum complications.
2. Perineal Laceration (tear) — Hypericum topically (to prevent infection) followed by Calendula topically to help heal the wound. Chamomilla (internally) for excruciating pain.
3. Retained Placenta — Pulsatilla is our number 1 remedy and can be given prophylactically during labour.

Umbilical Cord Care
1. Falls off generally within 5 to 7 days. Leave it alone for 3 days. Mom and baby can bathe together, use a ‘strained garlic’ bath (cheesecloth which contains raw garlic, sea salt, Comfrey, Shepherd’s Purse, Uva Ursi).
2. Calendula topically around the cord.

Mastitis (swelling of the breast with inflammation)
1. Phytolacca — inflammation of the glands which become swollen and hard; nipples are sensitive and cracked; pain radiations to all parts of the body during nursing.
2. Bryonia — pain is worse with slightest movement but disappears when completely still.

Post-Partum Hemorrhage (active or passive blood)
1. Ipecac, Phosphorus or Sabina for active, gushing blood.
2. Hammemelis or China for passive, venous blood.

Newborn — Difficulty Breathing
1. Antimonium Tart — asphyxiation, difficulty breathing, rattly chest with lots of mucus.
2. Theibacum — snorty, sleepy appearance.

Cradle Cap (like dandruff, tenacious, flaky scalp)
1. Apply olive oil and lightly brush it out.

Colic (gas, cramping, vomiting; generally food allergy related so look at Mom’s diet; possibly a milk allergy)
1. Mag Phos — pain better bending double; better pressure; better warmth.
2. Colocynthesis — pain better bending double; better pressure; better warmth; baby flexes legs to chest.
3. Chamomilla — excruciating pain; baby screams with the pains, inconsolable; only better being held and carried.
4. Arsenicum album — restless baby; worse after 12 a.m.; abdominal cramping; weakness; nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea.

Constipation in the Newborn (breast milk is generally a laxative to the baby; DDX: a structural problem — possibly a ball of meconium in GI system)
1. Calcarea carbonica — fair, fat, and flabby baby; ‘Buddha baby’ or ‘Michelin Man Baby’; perspiration during nursing; perspiration smells sour.
2. Nux Vomica — irritable; impatient, wiry baby.
3. Silica — ‘bashful’ stool; stool comes part of the way out, and then recedes back into the rectum; generally a soft stool.

Pus in Eyes
1. Use breast milk to clean them (it is sterile) and wipe from inside out.

Diaper Rash
1. Calendula — if bleeding or ulceration use lotion; use cream if no breaks in skin; use soap, water and cotton diapers.
2. Medorrhinum — for severe diaper rash.
3. Sulphur — red orifices; anus, vagina or lips.
4. Rheum — generally occurs with teething problem.

Teething
1. Chamomilla — 1 red hot cheek; 1 pale cool cheek; whiney, restless, irritable; better carried; green diarrhea.
2. Rheum — impatient, weepy; baby smells sour; even diarrhea smells sour.
3. Calcarea Phosphoricum — thin baby, dark hair and eyes; can be used preventatively; enables body to absorb more calcium.
4. Calcarea carbonica — plump baby, ‘fair, fat and flabby’; ‘Buddha baby’.

 

For further information or clarification, please contact Helena Ovens, N.D., Kew Beach Naturopathic Clinic at 416-690-6168.

Helena Ovens teaches Homeopathy and Pathology at Transformational Arts