With the birth of the baby, the mother’s confinement begins – a time of great changes in the physical, but also mental area: Many complaints that occur in this sensitive phase can be treated with the help of homeopathy.
“The postpartum period begins right after the birth and lasts about 6 to 8 weeks”. “During this time, the mother recovers from the strains of pregnancy and childbirth.” Possible birth injuries are allowed to heal, and recovery begins with a variety of physical and hormonal changes. Dealing with the infant and breastfeeding must be practiced. “It takes time and patience,”. “Things don’t always go smoothly.”
Homeopathic medicines for postpartum pain
A large number of different complaints can occur during childbirth. “Most of them can also be treated well with the help of homeopathy,” emphasizes the Munich midwife:
Homeopathy for Birth Injuries
Various injuries can occur in the birth area during a vagienal birth. “The strong stretching of the tissue when the child is pushed out can cause perineal injuries in particular, as well as injuries to the labia, clitoris, sphincter muscle and pelvic floor,”. “Here I advise Arnica to support wound healing.”
If an episiotomy or caesarean section was performed, Staphysagria should also be given.
Homeopathy for postpartum digestive problems
- Magnesium phosphoricum
- Nux vomica
After birth, everything in the genital and abdominal area is still very sensitive. The regression of the uterus begins and, because the abdominal wall is still stretched, the bowel does not empty until the second day. “Understandably, many women are afraid or concerned about this,”. “I therefore recommend taking double the amount of magnesium (300 mg) from the first day after the birth, which very often leads to immediate success.” high-fiber diet and plenty of fluids. “In addition, the homeopathic medicine Magnesium phosphoricum helps to stimulate digestion again,”. “If you’re also experiencing bloating and intestinal cramps, Nux vomica can also provide relief.”
In childbirth: homeopathy for hemorrhoids
- witch hazel
Hemorrhoids, which can occur as a result of the strong pressing during childbirth, are among the most common postpartum complaints immediately after childbirth. “Here I recommend witch hazel, which can also be applied externally in the form of an ointment,”. “Aesculus, the horse chestnut, and calendula, the homeopathic medicine made from marigold, and Quercus, the homeopathic oak tree, are also considered helpful, which have anti-inflammatory, decongesting, draining and astringent effects, among other things.”
Homeopathy for after-pains
- Bellis perennis
Especially after the birth of the second child, the regression of the uterus can lead to unpleasantly painful after-pains that occur in the first three to four days. “The classic for all problems with the uterus is bellis perennis,” emphasizes the homeopathy expert. “The daisy has an analgesic, wound-healing and balancing effect on the female sexual organ.” Bellis perennis is therefore also referred to as “arnica of the uterus” within homeopathy. “Chamomilla can also be given, which also has a relaxing and soothing effect on uterine cramps and painful aftermath,”.
Homeopathy for baby blues
- Potassium carbonicum
- Potassium phosphoricum
- Magnesium phosphoricum
About eight out of ten new mothers suffer from the so-called baby blues in the first few days after giving birth. This low mood – also called howling days – is mainly caused by the sharp drop in hormones in the female sex hormones estrogen and progesterone after birth. “The women then temporarily feel very vulnerable, sad and tearful,”. “Here, homeopathic tonics such as potassium phosphoricum or potassium carbonicum and magnesium phosphoricum can help as a relaxant. Pulsatilla also has a balancing and soothing effect on the psyche.” If the depressive feelings are accompanied by headaches and migraines, the nerve agent Ignatia is also considered to be particularly suitable.
“For women who seem a little harder emotionally, distant and irritable, of the athletic career woman or exhausted housewife type, one should also think of the great woman’s remedy Sepia,”. “This long-acting constitutional remedy is particularly appropriate when symptoms such as general weakness with exhaustion, headaches, dizziness and a feeling of emptiness in the stomach occur.”
Homeopathy for circulatory problems in childbirth
- Rhus toxicodendron
- Veratrum album
Permanent lack of sleep, exhaustion and circulatory problems are also among the complaints that occur particularly frequently in childbirth. “Rhus toxicodendron for circulatory problems caused by fatigue,”. “Veratrum album or Haplopappus album can be used for exhaustion or a tendency to collapse.”
Homeopathy in childbirth: Typical potencies and their dosage
For self-treatment with homeopathic medicines in childbed, low potencies of 6X to 12X are usually used. The selection and use of homeopathic medicines during pregnancy and after birth – for the mother as well as for the newborn – should always take place under the professional guidance of the midwife or homeopathically trained gynecologist.