Homeopathy is a great modality to support you during pregnancy and while we’re certainly not suggesting it take the place of care from your medical professionals, it can be really useful for those niggly little things that may cause discomfort during these times.
Homeopathy is not a supplement, it works in quite a different way to most other natural health products, gently stimulating the body to work a little harder to overcome symptoms itself and bring the system back into balance.
If you don’t know a lot about homeopathy take a look through our FAQs and have a scroll through our wide range of blog posts to get a feel.
Pregnancy is also a great time to find a good homeopath for yourself and your family and to organise some constitutional (whole person) treatment to ensure you are in optimal health. Treatment at this time can confer benefits to your baby, particularly in terms of what you have in your family medical history. Your family medical history is the soil for your child’s future health!
All mums-to-be want to limit medications and to have a healthy and natural pregnancy, and because homeopathy is such a low risk medicine, it can be a part of your pregnancy and birthing support.
A few simple remedies can be so helpful for the minor complaints that often arise during pregnancy; things like mild morning sickness, constipation, heartburn, backache, insomnia, thrush and so on. It’s often difficult to find other suitable, low risk over-the-counter products which you can take during pregnancy.
As always we’d suggest you contact your homeopath, midwife or other medical professional if your home remedies are not bringing improvement and you need some additional support. We always recommend you use homeopathy during pregnancy and for your birth under the guidance of an experienced homeopath for best results.
Tissue Salts Pregnancy Program
Tissue salts are low potency homeopathics which can be a useful addition during pregnancy as they support and enhance the functions of the body and help with uptake of food and nutrients. They work by balancing the system rather than supplementing through diet or other products and help in the development of mum and bub generally and aim to support optimum health at this time.
The Tissue Salts Pregnancy Program has been around for many years and can be a great support for mum and bub on all levels. You can start taking them at any point in your pregnancy by picking the combination that matches your particular stage.
What is in this Post?
Just to make it easier for you, we are going to break this post up into two sections; Main remedies by condition and then Single Remedies as indicated in pregnancy. The reason for this is that some people reading this post are going to be seasoned users of homeopathy and some of you will be newbies!
Remedies by Complaint
Remedies for Anxiety
Pregnancy can be an anxious time for some. There’s so much to think about and so many decisions to make. All those medical tests and waiting for the results can be distressing and nail-biting at times. There are quite a few traditional remedies which can be helpful and we’ve included the most frequently indicated.
We’ve just given you a snippet below or this post would become a book (!), but you’ll find more about the remedies in our Home Remedy Notes and in the online store description or you can find more online.
If you suffer chronic anxiety on a daily basis then homeopathy can be a helpful adjunct to a mental health plan, but the way to get best results is to see a homeopath for an individualised remedy for your own particular situation. You can certainly use some of the remedies suggested from time to time, such as during pregnancy, but professional support is always recommended.
Aconite – can be helpful for anxiety which verges on a panic attack, with fear which comes on suddenly, often brought on by something small. Aconite is one of our main remedies for shock, so bad news or a tragic event may require Aconite.
Arg Nit (Argentum nitricum) – when high anxiety arises before an event such as undergoing a procedure, getting results of a test or an interview with your specialist, particularly if symptoms include dizziness and diarrhoea, this remedy may be helpful.
Ars Alb (Arsenicum album) – anxiety is often worse after midnight and on waking and it can often include fear about dying. This anxiety can make them irritable, critical and they can be very demanding, finding fault with everything and being generally fussy. They will want company and warmth.
Gelsemium – people who need this remedy can become paralysed by fear and anxiety, so literally feel like they are rooted to the spot and their brain won’t function. They may become shaky and experience chills and hot flushes, diarrhoea and headaches. This is a good remedy if the knees turn to jelly and you can’t think, so before any of the events mentioned above!
Nat Mur – anxiety may present as a flatness or borderline depression in those who need to control and have a fear of losing that control at some point. These people may cry alone, have trouble getting to sleep and often suffer in silence. They can be great friends and great listeners, but often not great at sharing of themselves so you may not know what’s going on.
Pulsatilla – this is one of our main hormonal remedies and can be a great support during pregnancy, where there is anxiety, clinginess and often more than a few tears!
Anticipation & Anxiety is one of our combination remedies which takes away the need to make a choice! It includes some of the remedies above and some other traditionally indicated remedies for anxiety and anticipation.
TS Stress is another tissue salts combination which can be helpful at times like this.
SOS is our own version of Rescue Remedy. It’s been around for nearly two decades and feedback is that it does a great job of soothing and supporting through stressful (and exciting!) times.
Some of our WyldChyld Essences may also fit the bill during these times for mum as well as new bubs and small children. Essences like It’s All Good and Jitters always come to mind for anxiety, but take a look at the set and see what jumps out at you.
You can read the full post on Managing Anxiety here.
And just as a little extra to think about, here’s a blog we wrote a while back which may help you get some perspective on your anxiety, particularly at this time: Moving out of Fear & Into Life.
Pregnancy is definitely a time of high emotions and we’ve already talked about anxiety and anticipation. Sometimes hormonal changes can bring tears, irrational behaviour, anger and for some it can be a bit of a roller coaster.
While there are some great single remedies for this (and you can have a read through the list further down), if you really are struggling and your medical team can’t offer you support which works for you, find yourself a homeopath who can help you work through what’s going on with some individualised remedies.
Homeopathy treats the whole person, so while heightened emotions may be part of pregnancy, they are often part of the temperament generally and we can all benefit from a bit of special care at this time. Care now will help you through the challenges a new baby sometimes brings!
Sleep can certainly be a problem from time to time in pregnancy. It may be from worry, from excitement and sometimes just because you are uncomfortable.
Aconite – sleepless from anxiety and fear, scary thoughts, restless and worried. May be worse around midnight with bad dreams and nightmares, but can also be accompanied by anxiety during the day.
Chamomilla – people who need this remedy may have bad dreams or nightmares during pregnancy after anger, from pain or from overstimulation by things like coffee or tea. Too much chamomile tea might also cause this state.
Cocculus – can be really helpful if you’re suffering from sleep deprivation, perhaps from anxiety or because you are uncomfortable and are starting to get that foggy, wobbly feeling as if you’ve been at sea for a month. You may also find it a useful one after the birth if you have an unsettled bub!!
Coffea – Like someone who’s had too much coffee to drink, this remedy can help with the picture of thoughts and ideas that crowd the mind, and it can be a useful remedy if you are sleepless from joy or excitement before or after the birth. A Coffea state may also result after the birth from the natural hormonal highs that can occur at this time.
Kali Phos – is a good remedy for sleeplessness of a “nervous nature” and can be used 2 or 3 times a day in a 6x tissue salt. It is a useful addition to the Tissue Salts Pregnancy Program if you are inclined to be anxious and highly strung generally. We also include it in our Labour Drops for this reason.
Nux Vomica – people who need Nux for their sleep issues are often pretty irritable. They may wake at 4am and then have trouble falling asleep again, waking later on feeling very grumpy. Sleeplessness may arise from mental strain (often work related) or over-indulgence in food, coffee, spices, etc. Constipation may also be an issue at this time.
TS Stress may also be a great support generally if sleeplessness is due to anxiety or work/life stress.
While this is something you should seek help for from an experienced homeopath, if it happens regularly or is a constant problem, for the occasional bout of thrush during pregnancy or at other times, homeopathics can be very supportive.
Borax – discharge resembling egg white with a feeling like warm water is flowing out suggest this remedy. Someone who needs this remedy is often nervous and may be very sensitive to noise.
Nat Mur – like Borax the discharge may resemble egg-white, which itches and makes the vagina feel dry and irritated. Someone who needs this remedy often seems reserved, yet is very emotional inside. – controlled and controlling is probably the best description. They often crave salt and salty foods.
Nat Phos – this is one of the tissue salts traditionally known as the acid neutraliser, so can be helpful to keep the system balanced if thrush and similar are a problem.
Pulsatilla – thick, white, creamy discharge sometimes with swollen vulva.
Sepia – thrush where Sepia is indicated can be painful and irritating. It may be very itchy and discharge may be milky, yellowish and like cottage cheese.
Sulphur – there is often great burning and itching and the discharge may look yellowish and can smell offensive. Symptoms may be aggravated by warmth and bathing.
Thrush Combination – our Thrush Combination contains a few other remedies making it an easy choice at this time.
Obviously if symptoms are severe or persistent do check in with your healthcare practitioner or medical team.
Mild lower back pain often occurs as the body changes. As your ligaments stretch and thicken to support the growing uterus ligament pain may be experienced as occasional short, sharp pain or as a longer-lasting dull ache in the groin or lower abdomen.
Belladonna – pain comes and goes quickly. It is often worse from sudden jarring movements and from touch. There may be restlessness and flushing. Older mums with their first pregnancy may find this remedy useful for backache.
Bellis Perennis – this is a useful little remedy for sciatic pain in pregnancy or pain in the groin extending down the legs that makes walking difficult. These sorts of issues often come on during the last months of pregnancy.
Kali Carb – a bruised, dragging feeling with sudden, sharp pains up and down the back, buttocks, and extending into the thighs or hip joint may be an indicator for this remedy. Hard pressure over the painful area may bring relief but sometimes touch aggravates.
Sepia – these woment may feel tired and heavy, with aching, dragging pains in the lower back, with a feeling of heaviness or bearing down in the pelvis, as if everything might fall out. They often feel chilly and are likely to be irritable.
Constipation & Hemorrhoids
Obviously diet and water intake is going to be a consideration but constipation and hemorrhoids are one of those things that some people can suffer from during pregnancy. If you think you are doing all the right things, then some of the remedies below may help.
Tissue salts are great during this time and you can either take singly or try our TS Elasticity combination to help improve elasticity and tone.
Alumina – while not a standard home remedy in our store, is useful for constipation and you might need to ask your homeopath. Constipation so challenging the stool may need help to pass. If your constipation is this bad, we do suggest you check in with your homeopath and would expect you have mentioned it to your midwife or obstetrician.
Kali Carb – constipation with large, hard stool, pain before and an unfinished feeling. Hemorrhoids which are large, and pain is worse from touch and on coughing and passing stool.
Lachesis – large external hemorrhoids which may have a bluish appearance.
Lycopodium – ineffectual urging and a lot of wind and rumbling, can’t bear anything tight around the waist. External hemorrhoids which may bleed.
Nat Mur – hemorrhoids which may bleed from constipation, in closed people who need to be in control.
Nux Vomica – constipation sometimes alternating with diarrhoea, with constant desire to pass a stool which is ineffectual and feels unfinished. Large, hard stool eventually passed resulting in hemorrhoids, which may be better from bathing in cold water. Overeating, overwork or insufficient exercise may make things worse. This is likely to make the patient very irritable!
Pulsatilla – very changeable bowel moments in weepy women, who desire company.
Sepia – constipation where the tummy feels full. Constant urging and straining with large stool. Again quite irritable and snappy with the partner and children!
Sulphur – hemorrhoids which itch, bleed, burn and may be external or internal, with constipation. They may be worse when standing and walking.
Constipation – a traditional combination of the most indicated remedies for this condition which is useful if you can’t pick just one. Contains some of the smaller, less well known remedies.
Hemorrhoids – a traditional combination of the most indicated remedies for this condition which is useful if you can’t pick just one. Contains some of the smaller, less well known remedies.
Iron supplements can exacerbate the problem, so consider alternatives if possible.
Indigestion & Heartburn
Hormonal changes can relax the sphincter of the stomach and aggravate this problem in pregnancy
Arg Nit (Argentum nitricum) – bloated, painful tummy with difficulty burping but feel better afterwards. Belching may be loud and there may be wind, nausea. Worse after eating and particularly for sugar or sweet foods.
Lycopodium – heartburn and feeling of fullness after only a little food. Sour reflux, with pressing, crampy pains in the tummy. Worse after eating, for onions, cold food and drink and between 4-8pm. Better for burping!
Nat Phos – one of the tissue salts which is a good option where you just feel acidic generally. Tummy feels bloated, with sour burping and heartburn. Take like you might some of those over-the-counter heartburn products!!
Nux Vomica – heartburn, tummy feels bloated and empty, with bitter belching and cramping, sore, bruised pains in the stomach. Feels better for hot drinks, warm bed. Worse after eating, too many stimulants such as coffee, overwork, and for tight clothing. Generally irritable and may also be sleepless.
Pulsatilla – heartburn with bitter belching, tasting of earlier meal, empty feeling in stomach, worse after eating especially rich/fatty foods. Is often weepy and clingy when unwell or pregnant.
Indigestion – a traditional combination of the most indicated remedies for this condition which is useful if you can’t pick just one. Contains some of the smaller, less well known remedies.
For best results start remedies as soon as possible and if your home prescribing is not bringing relief definitely consult your homeopath. Sometimes people do need individualised remedies for severe morning sickness and we’ve certainly seen some of these cases over the years. These are a few of the most common but there are many more. Check in if none of them seem to fit.
Ipecac – has the picture of persistent nausea, where vomiting doesn’t always relieve the nausea.
Nux Vomica – heartburn, belching, bloated feeling, often irritable and may be constipated and sleepless!
Pulsatilla – weepy, thirstless, excessive mucous, clingy, wants company.
Sepia – irritable, constipated, can’t bear the sight or smell of food.
Morning Sickness – this combination of well indicated and traditional remedies can be helpful if you’re not sure what to take.
Cantharis – is indicated for large sores that sting and burn and may bleed when they get to the crusty stage.
Hepar sulph – is useful for those very sensitive cold sores that develop pus and are slow to heal. The sufferer is usually oversensitive, irritable and cold.
Nat Mur – is the remedy we often suggest first and taken at the first sign of tingling and burning it may prevent or shorten an episode. Sores may appear inside the nose as well as on the lips and may appear with a cold, sun exposure or after an emotional upset.
Rhus tox – these cold sores may be red, swollen and very itchy. There may have little ulcers at the corners of mouth and cold sores around the mouth and chin.
Sepia – cold sores with cracking and swelling of the bottom lip. The eruptions may itch and tingle and appear on the lips or around the mouth and nose and may be better for hot applications.
Hormonal changes often affect the skin and cause a range of problems.
Arnica – has an affinity for anything to do with the circulatory system so includes issues with veins and of course bruises. It may be helpful for the little broken veins and varicose veins which may occur at this time.
Sepia – can be useful for the itchiness that may appear at times through pregnancy due to changes in hormones. It may also help with hormonal pimples and the skin discoloration that sometimes arises.
Sulphur – can also be useful for the itchiness that some women experience, but consult your homeopath as to whether this remedy is appropriate and what dosage.
TS Skin – is a tissue salt combination that covers a range of skin problems.
Bleeding Gums & Dental Problems
This is often what I would call a “constitutional” problem, ie it’s there as part of your overall health picture, but exacerbated during pregnancy. Definitely have a dental check-up before conceiving and look after your teeth generally at this time as issues can sometimes pop up.
Calc Phos Is one of our standard and traditional remedies for teeth and bones. When used as a tissue salt (in the 6x potency) Calc phos may help with absorption and assimilation of nutrients and have a tonic effect at times of rapid growth.
Merc Sol – bleeding gums, mouth ulcers, offensive breath and family history of teeth issues.
Gum Health combination – this can be helpful at this time in combination with good dental hygiene and a natural mouth wash.
Loss of a Baby
The loss of a baby is devastating whether during pregnancy or at birth and sadly it does happen. Homoeopathics may support you and your family through this process. These remedies are best used in a high potency in this situation and we would recommend seeking support from a homeopath to help you through this time.
Arnica can be a useful remedy here, particularly if the loss is after a natural delivery as it helps with both the physical and emotional shock and trauma.
Ignatia is the main grief remedy for loss and disappointment, with yawning and sighing often part of the picture. The grief with Ignatia is usually raw and tumultuous.
Nat Mur is often indicated where the grief is controlled or if the grief goes on for a long time and seems difficult to move through.
Phos acid is useful where grief wears the patient down, causing weakness, exhaustion and inability to get up and get on with life.
Pulsatilla silent weeping, sobbing, clinging and needing company may be part of the picture.
Useful Remedies by Name
Aconite – Extreme fear and anxiety during pregnancy. Every little issue or thought produces a state of fear and anxiety. Restless, agitated and fearful that they might die, worse in the middle of the night.
Carbo vegetabilis This remedy can be helpful when someone feels weak and faint during pregnancy, with poor circulation, tendency to feel cold, and a craving for fresh air or a need to be fanned. There may also be a tendency to digestive upsets with burning pains and burping, bloating and/or flatulence.
Ferrum phosphoricum – may be helpful for nervous, sensitive women who feel weak or tired. A tendency toward anemia or other issues with the blood and easy blushing/flushing may be an indicator.
Nat Mur – useful for cold sores, depression, low level anxiety, difficulty falling asleep. These women are those who need to control every aspect of their pregnancy and their lives and have a real (but often hidden) fear of losing control somewhere through the process.
Nux vomica – can be useful for indigestion, heartburn, sleeplessness, hemorrhoids and constipation during pregnancy. A woman needing this remedy is usually impatient, pretty irritable and may feel cold. It often suits people who are business oriented, so still trying to finish a deal as they are going into an appointment or even into labour!
Pulsatilla – this remedy is strongly indicated for times of hormonal change, especially for women who are emotional, weepy and needy. They may crave cakes and pastries, butter or peanut butter, which can lead to indigestion and nausea. Women who need this remedy during pregnancy generally are worse in warm weather and in stuffy rooms, and better for a little gentle exercise in the fresh air.
Sepia – these women are typically tired, worn out and very irritable during pregnancy and can feel overwhelmed by the demands of children and family, often with little energy for the forthcoming baby. Poor circulation, nausea, constipation, a tendency toward incontinence due to weak pelvic floor muscles perhaps after too many previous pregnancies, and a feeling of sagging or weakness generally. They often feel a lot better for activity and exercise.
Some additional suggestions:
Take your selected remedy for a few days – we usually recommend up to a week for something that is slow moving (like constipation!) but would expect some sign things are shifting before this. Homeopathy can work quite quickly in many cases so if you have taken a remedy 3 times a day for 3 days with no sign of any change, we’d suggest you change remedies or consult your homeopath.
Sometimes improvement can be rapid as the system balances up and this might only require 1 or 2 doses. It’s best not to continue taking a remedy once you begin to get good improvement, because this is a sign the body is doing what you want it to do. Stop, wait and watch!
If symptoms don’t resolve or keep coming back then the homeopathic medicine is only working superficially and you need to see your homeopath for a deeper acting remedy. Again pregnancy is a good time to be doing this.
Keep good notes . . .
This is a great habit to develop if you are planning to use homeopathy regularly to support yourself and your family.
It is very helpful for your homeopath if you need to seek help and it is the unique detail that will help find the remedy, not the common symptoms of a disease.
Good notes will teach you about yourself and your new baby. You will become more observant of your own patterns of illness, as well as which remedies are most beneficial to you.
Good notes will also help you when you get a similar bout of tonsillitis to one which you successfully treated a couple of years previously. You can’t always remember what remedies were helpful in the past without notes, and this is particularly the case where you have several children or are sleep deprived with a new baby!!
It’s a good idea to make a note of the remedy that worked, the symptoms you based this choice on, what potency and how many doses you had. Do also record the remedies you tried that didn’t work! This is useful information too.
Carefully monitor the effects of your remedy to see if it has definitely helped. It’s usually obvious when it has! If you have good improvement stop the remedy and let the body do the rest. You can always repeat the remedy if symptoms return, but only if it has helped.
Some mums have a notebook for themselves and then for each child as they come along. They can often go back right to babyhood to check on remedies, much like a homeopath keeps notes on each client. Start this habit in pregnancy and you can’t go wrong – and your homeopath will love you!
While this is a blog about pregnancy, it’s good to be thinking about the birth during this time, and no doubt you will be!
We do offer a standard birthing kit of 20 remedies, but our big question is “do you have someone who can support you by dispensing them during your delivery?”.
And if you’re not super familiar with homeopathy but would love to have some support on hand for the birth and early days after delivery your better option may be our Pregnancy & Birthing Pack. Check in with us about this as we’ve been busy writing blogs and may not have quite added this to the store!
You can find details of our Birthing Kit containing 20 single remedies in the Birthing Flyer below. Drop us a line if you are interested in purchasing a kit and we can advise the price. We dispense this on request as this tends to appeal to people very familiar with homeopathy and doulas, midwives, etc.
And finally, immunisation is a big topic these days so do consider what you are going to do to support baby through this process early on and check out and request the information on our ImmSafe Program to support vaccinations. Be prepared and be informed!
Castro, Miranda; Homeopathy for Mother & Baby; Macmillan London Ltd 1992