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Pregnancy is an absorbing and interesting
time for most women, and also involves a lot of stress. Many
emotional, hormonal, and physical changes take place as the baby
grows and the woman prepares for motherhood. Homeopathic remedies
can help a woman’s body deal with various stresses, and help to
maintain its balance as the pregnancy proceeds. Care and guidance
from a competent, sympathetic physician or midwife are important
during pregnancy—both for general support and to watch for
For dosage information, please read the information at the end of
this section. See also “Using Homeopathy With Professional
Guidance” in What
Arnica: This remedy is often
indicated for relief of soreness that comes from physical exertion
and muscle strain. It is also useful for soreness after labor and
delivery, and for hemorrhoids that follow childbirth.
Calcarea phosphorica: This remedy
can help to strengthen a woman who tends toward easy tiredness, poor
digestion, cold hands and feet, and poor absorption of nutrients.
Some women who need this remedy find only “junk food” appealing
during pregnancy, or have cravings for smoked and salty food. A
history of easy tooth decay and aching bones and joints can also
suggest a need for this remedy. A person who needs Calc phos
is often irritable because of tiredness, and may long for travel or
a change of circumstances.
Caulophyllum: This remedy may be
helpful to women with weak muscle tone in the uterus. A history of
irregular periods, slow and difficult labor with previous
deliveries, or weakness of the cervix may bring this remedy to mind.
The woman may feel erratic pains like sticking needles, or episodes
of contracting pain. She typically feels nervous, shaky, and
trembling (sometimes irritable, as well).
Carbo vegetabilis: This remedy can
be helpful to a woman who feels weak and faint during pregnancy,
with poor circulation, a general feeling of coldness, and a craving
for fresh or moving air. She may also have frequent digestive upsets
with burning pain and a tendency to belch. A woman who is deeply
tired from overwork, many pregnancies close together, or a previous
illness may regain some strength with Carbo vegetabilis.
Cimicifuga (also called Actaea racemosa):
This remedy can be helpful to women who are nervous and talkative,
with a tendency to feel fearful and gloomy during pregnancy. They
may become overagitated and fear a miscarriage — sometimes having
pains that feel like labor pains too early, or pains that shoot from
hip to hip and down the thighs.
Ferrum metallicum: A woman who has
a sturdy build, but looks very pale and weary—flushing red from
any exertion or emotion—may respond to this remedy. Ferrum
is often helpful in correcting anemic tendencies.
Ferrum phosphoricum: This remedy
can be helpful for nervous, sensitive women who often feel weak or
tired, with easy flushing of the face and a tendency toward anemia.
A woman who needs this remedy often has a slender build and may
develop frequent neck and shoulder stiffness.
Nux vomica: This remedy may be
useful for indigestion, heartburn, stomach pain, and constipation
during pregnancy. A woman needs this remedy usually is impatient,
irritable, and chilly.
Pulsatilla: This remedy is often
helpful at times of strong hormonal changes, especially to women who
are moody and emotional, and want a lot of affection and attention.
They often crave desserts or butter and may overeat, which can lead
to indigestion and nausea, or excessive weight-gain. Pregnant women
who need this remedy feel uncomfortable in hot weather and in stuffy
rooms, improving from gentle exercise in open air.
Sepia: Women who are tired, dragged
out, and irritable during pregnancy (feeling overburdened by demands
of family members, or with little enthusiasm for the pregnancy) may
benefit from this remedy. Poor circulation, nausea, constipation, a
tendency toward accidental urine loss, and a feeling of sagging or
weakness in the pelvic floor, and an energy-boost from exercise 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
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