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I've heard it mentioned that taking alfalfa can help prevent hemorrhage. How does this work? Is it the iron?<br><br>
Hemorrhage is my big fear for this labor and I'd like to do something proactive to ease my fears (and avoid a self-fulfilling prophecy). However, my iron levels have always been high, though I've not tested them this PG or since I've been dairy-free--Is there any risk to taking alfalfa? Even with already adequate iron levels?<br><br>
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Hi, Whit --<br><br>
This is the info I have on preventing blood loss during and after labor. This is taken from Patty Brennan's information on homeopathy and herbs.<br><br>
Alfalfa -- "Contains vitamin A, B12, D & E, as well as calcium and phosphorous. Great for the milk supply." (Nothing about bleeding, but it could just be left out of this publication I have on how to make Pregnancy Tea yourself) I would personally say that if you are being drawn to alfalfa, it shouldn't do any harm. Your body may need it.<br><br>
Nettles -- "The Stinging Nettle is a blood-cleansing and blood-building herb with high iron content and it i very nourishing to the kidney and liver, and will help to relieve (or prevent altogether) vascular problems common during pregnancy. Helps build a good milk supply." (Later they describe vascular problems as varicose veins, hemmoroids, excess bleeding)<br><br>
Homeopathy: (Don't fail me now, typing hands!)<br>
"Many homeopaths recommend that the following remedies be takend during the last month of pregnancy to help prepare the woman for labor. While such prophylactic intervention may be superfluous for most women, there are some who will benefit greatly. I particulary encourage women who have a history or post-dates pregnancies, dysfunctional labors with failure to progress, excess bleeding or unusually long labors to undertake this regimen.<br><br>
Caulophyllum 12C (Blue Cohosh)<br>
Helps produce effective contractions. Due to its oxytocic properties, Caulophyllum is the homeopathic labor enhancer or initiator. It will not bring on contractions if the woman is not ready to go into labor, and indeed, may relieve excessive Braxton-Hicks contractions.<br><br>
Cimicifuga 12C (Black Cohosh)<br>
To ease fear of giving birth. Cimicifuga complements the action of Caulophyllum by aiding the uterus to contract in a coordinated and effective way. Cimicifuga also works exceptionally well in relieving displaced labor pains, such as sciatica, hip cramps, and the like.<br><br>
Arnica 12C<br>
To avoid the physical trauma which may be associated with childbirth. Arnica can prevent excess blood loss, shock and trauma to soft tissues. It is often used prophylactically prior to surgery, dental treatments and so on. After the birth, both mom and baby can be given a dose or two for swelling, bruising or pain. Arnica speeds the healing process.<br><br>
Directions: Start taking the remedies four weeks prior to your due date. Take each remedy once per week, alternating as follows: Caulophyllum on Monday, Cimicifuga on Wednesday and Arnica on Friday. Three to five pellets equals one dose.<br>
Homeopathic remedies should be placed under the tongue by tapping the correct dosage into the cap and tapping the pellets under the tongue, being careful not to handle the pellets directly or touch the cap to the mouth. Remedies should be administered into a clean mouth with nothing to eat or drink 15 mins before or after the remedy is given.<br>
Aromatic oils such a mints (including toothpaste), camphor, menthos and oils found in coffee should be avoided altogether during this time as they tend to render these remedies ineffective."<br><br>
Whew. Sorry for any typos there. Someone should put that on the web!<br><br>
So, here's my thoughts on your thoughts about bleeding too much. I'd listen to those thoughts & learn how to deal with it. (Placenta eating seems like the be all end all when hemmoraging is concerned.) There is a lot of info on the web with how to deal with it. Check it out and be prepared. Because your mind has wrapped around this idea, it could be because you need to learn more about it to either prevent hemmorage or to stop it.<br><br>
Best wishes, Whit!
 

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Thanks for the info...I really appreciate it.<br><br>
I am comfortable that I have the knowledge to treat PP hemorrhage should it happen (eating placenta, nursing immediately, Shepherd's Purse tincture, gentle uterine massage) and I know that delivering the placenta in an upright position in its own time can help prevent it, too.<br><br>
I could have sworn someone on here said that their midwives told them to take alfalfa to prevent hemorrhage. Hrm...
 

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It was me!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wave.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wave"> My mw has all of her clients take it. She told me that it was b/c alfalfa is so high in Vitamin K, that it helps prevent excessive bleeding. When she checked me after Madeline was born, she said, " I can tell you've been taking your alfalfa-you're hardly bleeding at all".<br>
I took the recommended dosage on the bottle of capsules (you can get veg-capsules). I believe it was 3, 3 times a day. BTW-don't smell it-YUCK! I don't know of any risks involved with it.<br>
HTH
 

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Great! Thanks for the info. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
Unfortunately, all I found around here was the tincture, which I'm sure will taste absolutely hideous. But I'll choke it down.<br><br>
How long beforehand should I take it? I'm almost 33 weeks now...
 

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She had me start taking it when I started seeing her at about 26 weeks. Go ahead and start now, you've got plenty of time for it to work. Good Luck!
 
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