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Homeopathy for pregnancy/birth?

Hi Helen,

I was just wondering if there are any homeopathic remedies that are NOT safe for pregnancy and birth?

A friend told me I could use Caullophyllum(sp?) to speed up labour, but after researching it a bit myself I found there was some controversy about it.

Also, what are your thoughts on the Helios homeopathic birthing kit?

Many thanks
Sharon x
Anne Thomas

Hi Helen

I would be interested in your thoughts on caulophyllum too.  I did suggest it to a Mum recently.  Her first labour and birthing was very long and very traumatic (despite lots of regular reflexology throughout the pregnancy), and ended in a very heavy-handed forceps delivery which left her with quite a lot of damage to her pelvis - and the baby's head in quite a state.  Both were treat very quickly and sucessfully by a cranial osteopath, although obviously her pelvis was weakened.

With her second pregnancy she was quite worried.  Regular reflexology was re-inforced by support from her cranial osteopath and she did use the caulophyllum in the latter stages.  Her labour was much shorter and the whole birthing process was much easier - I was called mid-morning and attended until the baby was born mid-afternoon, and Mum, Dad and baby were home for tea - just as she had wanted.

I know 2nd births are often easier, but this did seem quite distinctly different.

Anne
Helen Swan

Hi everyone
interesting questions about homeopathic caulophyllum (it is also used herbally). And an interesting and positive second-baby-experience - glad it was happier than the first!

To answer Sharon's question, no, there are no remedies intrinsically unsafe for pregnancy or childbirth. occasionally you see remedies like Thuja or silica mentioned as unsafe in first trimester. This is because these remedies have a reputation for assisting the body in rejecting 'foreign objects' such as splinters. they could be unsafe if a person had metal rods in a joint, or a heart pacemeker, but I know homeopaths who have used them safely. This wrongly leads to the worry that they could cause miscarriage.

My view is that a remedy, correctly taken, can only assist your body to do what it needs to do. A remedy taken wisely (ie. not repeatedly when it is not indicated) cannot produce an unhealthy effect, it can only bring out an effect your body/mind needs. So, in theory if there was a medical problem making that pregnancy unhealthy to continue, homeopathic treatment could help the body decide how to deal with it. This could be to heal whatever is unhealthy, or it could be to finish the pregnancy. The deciding factor in this is NOT the remedy, it is the reaction of the individual.

This is different from herbal medicine or other supplements, which may have a direct chemical effect on the body and are sometimes unsafe in pregnancy. It is difficult to get reliable info on this - there is a page on my website about it.
http://naturalhealthanswers.co.uk/natpreg.php#safety

I do not like to see anything used routinely. Everyone is different. See my website for a discussion about the correct use of caulophyllum
http://naturalhealthanswers.co.uk/natpreg.php#homeopathic

It sounds like homeopathic caulophyllum was helpful in this case Anne, but of course the labour might have just gone better on its own. Unfortunately we will never know!

Re Helios Birth Kit, I think it is great, it comes with a useful booklet. I do think it is a good idea for another person to prescribe the remedies though - not the labouring mum. Deciding on remedies is a bit of an intellectual exercise and this tends to inhibit the birth hormone oxytocin.

Helen

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