Homeopathy for Mamas

Homeopathy is a field of "alternative" medicine that can be wonderfully effective at treating a variety of illnesses and ailments. It's especially good for pregnant and new mothers to explore because it is safe, natural, non-addictive, and can be used in conjunction with other remedies.

As someone who is relatively new to studying the field, I won't try to write a comprehensive homeopathic guide. However, here are some common remedies for issues in pregnancy, birth, postpartum, and infants. Use these as a starting point, and consult a more detailed guide for treatment recommendations. You'll see that certain remedies (such as Arnica and Chamomilla) come up for a multitude of symptoms -- these are the ones I'd recommend buying before you need them!

As always, consult your midwife or other practitioner for guidance before taking any new remedy.

ComplaintSuggested Remedy
For pregnancy
Morning sickness Pulsatilla, Sepia, or Nux Vomica
AnemiaFerrum Metallicum and/or Calcarea Phosphoricum
ConstipationBryonia, Sepia, or NuxVomica
Groin painBellis Perrennis
For labor
Back LaborCausticum, Gelsemium, Nux Vomica or Pulsatilla
Fast laborAconite
ExhaustionKali Phosphoricum and/or Arnica
Unable to urinateArsenicum, Arnica, Pulsatilla or Staphysagria
Weepy or despairingPulsatilla
For postpartum
HemorrhoidsPulsatilla or Arnica Montana
After pains and sorenessArnica Montana or Magnesia Phosphorica
Baby BluesPulsatilla
For breastfeeding
MastitisPhytolacca, Belladonna, Pulsatilla or Lac Caninum
EngorgementBelladonna or Bryonia
Low milk supply
Urtica Urens or Lac Caninum
Sore/cracked nipplesPhytolacca, Silica or Sulphur
For the little folks
Bumps & BruisesArnica Montana
Bites & stingsApis Mellifica
FeverChamomilla or Belladona
TeethingChamomilla, Calcarea Phosphorica, Hyland's Teething Tablets, or Boiron Camilia doses
ColicChamomilla, Dioscorea, Hyland's Colic Tablets or Boiron Cocyntal doses
EarachePulsatilla, Hyland's Earache Tablets/Drops, or Similisan Earache Drops
Like my table? It's my first, and simple as it is, I still had to issue an HTML SOS to my husband when the table data was floating about in space. *sigh*

Online resources for more information and purchase information.
ABC Homeopathy
Gentle Birth Archives on Homeopathy
Find a Homeopath

Everybody's Guide to Homeopathic Medicines by Stephen Cummings & Dana Ullman
Homeopathy for Pregnancy, Birth, and Your Baby's First Year by Miranda Castro

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