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Depression after childbirth is common, and
usually lasts for several days. Many of the reasons for postpartum
“blues” are physical—with many changes taking place in the
mother’s body during pregnancy, the stress of labor and delivery,
as well as hormonal shifts that occur once the baby is born.
Emotional stress is also understandable: anxiety, insecurity, lack
of confidence, and ambivalence about the sudden responsibility of
motherhood can be completely normal. Some women have more serious
problems at this time, including despair, delusions, hallucinations,
or even destructive impulses toward their babies or themselves. If a
woman’s depression is deep, or her problems seem to be serious, it
is very important that she have the help of a mental health
professional, as well as loving care from family and friends.
Homeopathic practitioners who specialize in pregnancy and childbirth
may be able to choose a deeply-acting remedy that closely fits the
For dosage information, please read the information at the end of
this section. See also “Using Homeopathy With Professional
Guidance” in What
Arsenicum album: A woman who needs
this remedy feels extremely insecure about her situation, wanting
constant help and support. She can be extremely picky and
controlling toward others—or seem very restless, yet exhausted and
incapable. Women who need Arsenicum sometimes feel despair
from insecurity, with thoughts that deeply frighten them.
Aurum metallicum: When this remedy
is indicated, depression can be dark and despairing. The woman may
feel worthless and see little point in life. Problems may be worse
at night, or when weather is dark and days are short. Women troubled
by depression in the past (not necessarily related to pregnancy) are
often likely to respond to Aurum. Professional help is needed
if depression is severe.
Calcarea carbonica: This remedy can
be helpful to a woman who is overwhelmed by working too hard and
taking on too much responsibility. Weakness and fatigue make her
feel depressed. Anxiety, insomnia, and nightmares may develop. A
person who needs this remedy often feels sluggish, cold, and easily
tired by exercise.
Cimicifuga: This remedy is often
useful when a woman is depressed for both emotional and hormonal
reasons. She may feel “a dark cloud” has crept over her life and
that everything is wrong. Extremely anxious and gloomy, she may
start to think herself incapable of caring for the baby—or she may
become excitable and talkative, saying and doing irrational things.
Ignatia: This remedy often is
helpful if a mother feels tense, upset, or grief-stricken after
childbirth. The grief may be based on an actual loss (for instance,
the baby may have health problems)— but often occurs if the birth
was difficult, and not as beautiful as she imagined. Defensiveness,
hysterical behavior, sighing, sudden outbursts of tears or laughter,
and insomnia are often seen when this remedy is needed.
Natrum muriaticum: This remedy can
be helpful to a woman who feels sad and sensitive, and wants to be
alone to cry. She may be brooding and withdrawn, anxious about her
mothering abilities, or doubtful and discouraged about her
relationship with the baby’s father or other family members.
Despite her sadness, she may seem angry or offended if anyone tries
to console her. Women who need this remedy may also have headaches
or palpitations when depressed.
Phosphorus: A woman who needs this
remedy has an active imagination with tremendous fear—thinking of
every possible danger or misfortune that might occur. She is very
worried that she won’t be able to cope if something happens, and
terrified that harm might come to the baby, wanting constant company
and feeling afraid to be alone. A woman who needs this remedy may
also have a tendency toward easy bleeding and exhaustion, which may
have added to her fear and nervousness.
Pulsatilla: This remedy is often
indicated for women who are emotional, tearful, and sensitive in
situations involving hormonal changes. The woman may feel extremely
insecure and needy—wanting constant affection, reassurance, and
nurturing. She is likely to feel worse when warm and in a stuffy
rooms, improving after crying and from being out in open air.
Sepia: This remedy may be helpful
to a mother who feels worn out and indifferent after childbirth, and
does not want other people making demands or expecting anything of
her. She may have trouble bonding with the baby, and may not even
want to have it close to her. Most women who need this remedy feel
resentful and overburdened (though some only feel exhausted,
irritable, and sad). A feeling that the pelvic floor is weak or that
the uterus is sagging are other indications for Sepia.
Select the remedy that
most closely matches the symptoms. In conditions where
self-treatment is appropriate, unless otherwise directed by a
physician, a lower potency (6X, 6C, 12X, 12C, 30X, or 30C)
should be used. In addition, instructions for use are usually
printed on the label.
physicians suggest that remedies be used as follows: Take one
dose and wait for a response. If improvement is seen, continue
to wait and let the remedy work. If improvement lags
significantly or has clearly stopped, another dose may be
taken. The frequency of dosage varies with the condition and
the individual. Sometimes a dose may be required several times
an hour; other times a dose may be indicated several times a
day; and in some situations, one dose per day (or less) can be
If no response is seen
within a reasonable amount of time, select a different remedy.
For more information, including references, see What
is Homeopathy? and Understanding
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