Homeopathic options are perfect for postpartum mothers because they are generally safe to use and that’s a plus when nursing.
While you should check with your doctor about any complications from pregnancy and in your postpartum period to be sure there are not more complicated issues, many natural-minded moms turn to homeopathic options because they want non-pharmacological interventions for different issues.
Women go through so many changes during the postpartum period. Some of the changes are physical. Some are mental. And some of the changes are emotional. With all these different changes new moms experience, it is imperative to not only understand how she is feeling about her new body and her new responsibilities as a mother, but also to have the resources available to her to ensure that she is safe and healthy for herself and for her child.
Many postpartum mothers find themselves reaching out for help after they start experiencing the uncomfortable symptoms of new motherhood like exhaustion, mood changes and mood swings, depression, anxiety, physical changes, and behavioral changes. But with the homeopathic options listed below, some of those symptoms can be thwarted even before they start.
Homeopathic options are also a great option for mothers with mental and mood changes. Of course, if a mother is experiencing postpartum depression or postpartum anxiety, she should consult her doctor if her symptoms do not get better with homeopathic alternatives. If a mother is experiencing postpartum psychosis, she should see a doctor right away. Homeopathic options are alternatives many mothers find helpful, but there is merit in modern medicine and therapy when you are suffering and homeopathy isn’t helping as much as you’d like or need.
There are different types of homeopathic options for mothers. Some will help give her more energy. Some will help her postpartum period, which can be extremely heavy and uncomfortable, much easier to bare. Some homeopathic options will help thwart mood swings and distemperment.
The most important thing when looking at the different options for homeopathic options is to examine what you need during your postpartum journey and what will help you feel better as a mother and as a person. The postpartum homeopathic options listed below are just some of the options available. They are also some of the most common. But do your research when it comes to finding the best homeopathic remedy for you. You may find something you never expected during your research.
We reached into our archives and found this incredibly popular piece by Katharina Sandizelle, a psychotherapist and homeopathist who offered first aid prescribing with homeopathy treatments. Here are four of her favorite postpartum homeopathic options for postpartum women.
Originally published June 2013
There are several homeopathic options that are a great relief for post-partum mothers while hormones are still shifting. They can help with many of the typical complaints that new mothers experience. Below is a list of several options that I have found very useful when treating mothers.
During this special time when the body is navigating so many changes, women often experience headaches, exhaustion, problems with nursing, and mood swings. Since many options can express similar physical symptoms, I have first and foremost described the personality types of the options in order to better differentiate them from one-another. You don’t need to relate to every descriptive detail in order for the substance to have a beneficial effect. The general personality type of a homeopathic is often the most important part for you to understand and relate to. That is Classical Homeopathy and holistic healing. It works from the inside out-meaning that it treats all aspects of a person, not just the physical symptoms.
Some of these homeopathic options are quite common and can be amazing in getting you through the bumps that can happen post-partum.
**Keep in mind in terms of personality types – mothers may relate to these aspects inside themselves, but then “compensate” by forming very different personalities for everyone to see on the outside. Think about how you really feel inside, not necessarily how you act or would like to feel, when reading this. The most important and striking characteristics of the options are in bold.
This homeopathic remedy, made of the ink of the cuttlefish, is perfect for the exhausted mom who is so overwhelmed that she really just wants to be left alone. She is usually exhausted, but her energy clearly improves from exercise. Sepia is tired and drawn, often with a yellowish pallor to the skin, especially the face. She is often annoyed with everyone, including her husband and children, and can therefore be quite irritable, needing to control her temper. She has no sex drive and just wants to rest. She is often described as feeling indifferent towards her family even though she wants to be loving and present. This sets up a conflict because of the dichotomy between what she would like to be – a loving mother, and what she feels – exhausted, indifferent, and unable to be loving and affectionate. She often feels badly about herself because of how exhausted and incapable she feels. She feels better when exercising or keeping busy.
Physically, Sepia’s belly can feel like it’s dragging down because she is so tired that even her inner organs feel droopy. There is a physical stasis that expresses itself in several possible ways: constipation, circulatory disturbance, and/or a great lack of energy. She can be easily chilly and hungry – mainly for sweets and meat, and if she has her menses back, she feels worse before, during, and/or after menstruation. If she has her menses, they are often short and weak. Sepia is also known to experience intermittent nausea as well as headaches.
Pulsatilla is made from the wind-flower. It is a homeopathic remedy for the sensitive mother. She is often tearful, mild (though headstrong in some ways), and sometimes shy. Pulsatilla can be quite affectionate and often wants to be reassured by her partner that she is loved sometimes to the point of being demanding. She can feel easily sad, alone, or abandoned when she can’t get this reassurance. Pulsatilla can be submissive and want to please others. She loves consolation, hugs, and reassurance, and can get into self-pity. She can also have many fears and anxiety including panic-attacks. She feels worse around dusk. Pulsatilla often craves fatty or rich food and wants to be in the open air or have the windows open. She can get headaches and nausea and her symptoms tend to shift around and change.
Physically, Pulsatilla often suffers from varicose veins, chronic congestion or runny nose, nausea and headaches. Pulsatilla’s complaints often begin either during puberty, post-partum, or during menopause.
*Pulsatilla is also a great remedy for pregnancy when there is nausea and the same sense of sensitivity, easy tearfulness, and needing lots of reassurance.
Phytolacca is a plant otherwise known as pokeweed. Its main action is in helping to heal Mastitis and I have seen it quickly and effectively help many women with both diagnosed and undiagnosed symptoms. In addition, this handy remedy is great for nursing difficulties due to yeast, pain in the nipples, or cracked nipples. The mental symptoms include indifference to those around – and that is likely due to the discomfort being experienced. Phytolacca can be fearful with a tendency to imagine that she is about to die when physical symptoms come on. She is often faint or dizzy when getting up.
Phytolacca has a healing effect on the glands, especially the mammary glands, but also the tonsils and muscles of the neck and back. Generally, the glands feel hard and aching. Pains come and go suddenly and can change places. The pain is worse at night, and worse in cold weather. The breasts feel hard, sore, swollen, or tender. The pains are worse during nursing and spread all over the body. Often, the nipples are cracked and very sensitive. There can be hard nodes on the breast. The neck can be stiff, and if Mastitis has progressed, there is often fever. Phytolacca is also helpful when there is prolonged discharge from the nipples even when not nursing or long after nursing has ceased.
This is the homeopathic preparation of Blue Cohosh, a plant related to Berberis. It’s a great remedy to have during pregnancy, during and after labor, and post-partum. It can also be helpful if similar symptoms are present during lactation. There is a nervousness and excitability on the mental and emotional level. Caulophyllum is chilly, very hungry, and thirsty.
During labor, menses, or directly post-partum there are erratic, shooting, or wandering pains. The pains can feel unbearable, with nausea and vomiting. During labor, the pains are intermittent, sharp, and crampy. The pains seem to fly from one place to another. There can also be rheumatism of the hand and foot joints. Caulophyllum feels internal weakness, exhaustion, and debility after childbirth, during pregnancy, and during menses. The pains during labor are weak and often irregular, causing little progression. After-pains are unbearable after a long and exhausting labor. The lochia is profuse and prolonged.
These four options are wonderful to have in your toolbox for nursing difficulties and for a speedy recovery from various post-partum complaints. They can also be helpful during pregnancy if the symptoms fit. As there are often so many symptoms to each remedy, they can be hard to evaluate. Remember that all of the symptoms will usually not fit. This is why I put the most important remedy characteristics in bold so that you can better evaluate your symptoms according to the strongest aspects of each remedy.
For many women, childbirth brings about hormonal shifts that can be readily balanced through homeopathy. We are lucky to have these simple, effective, and affordable medicines readily available to us. The list above is comprised of some of my favorite post-partum female options that have been used many times with great success and relief to the patient.
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