Immediately following the arrival of your baby, whether, by vaginal birth or caesarean section, Homeopathy for Postnatal Healing can greatly assist in repair and healing, as well as easing discomfort in the early stages of breastfeeding. Homeopathy can be used by the new mother, as well as her child. Below are some conditions where homoeopathic remedies can be useful:
Musculoskeletal bruising, inflammation and pain
There is a superb homeopathic medicine for aches and pains of overexertion and for shock and trauma of the injury. Though childbirth is not exactly an “injury,” it does put a woman’s body through a certain degree of shock and trauma. Homeopathy for Postnatal healing will treat these.
Breast tenderness and breastfeeding
Breast engorgement, as the mother’s milk supply increases a couple of days after delivery, can cause a lot of discomforts and can commonly lead to mastitis, which is a painful infection of the mammary glands in the breasts of lactating women. There are two remedies for mastitis, which assist in treating hot, red, swollen breasts that are incredibly painful to touch or pain associated with any movement of the body.
Reduced supply of breast milk
A healthy diet, with lots of fruits, vegetables, omega 3 fatty acids and ample water, can help in increasing breast milk. We can also provide you with a herbal tincture that can improve the supply of breast milk.
These contraction-type pains are caused by the contraction of the uterus down to its pre-pregnancy size, once the placenta has been expelled. After-pains are generally worse during nursing, as breastfeeding leads to the secretion of the hormone Oxytocin which, in turn, causes the uterus to contract. There are some useful remedies for after-pains, which we can recommend.
Emotional changes postpartum
Speak with your homoeopath if you are encountering feelings that, perhaps, you aren’t used to. The early days with a newborn can be overwhelming, exhausting and a massive adjustment. Changing hormones, sleep deprivation, pain or slowness to heal postpartum, your birth experience, possible disappointment at not experiencing the birth you hoped for, feelings of anxiety, low mood, anger and grief can be assisted if you are prepared to ask for advice. Often just talking to someone who is sensitive to the way you are feeling will be beneficial and may release pent up emotions. Remember, there is a difference between “baby blues” and postnatal depression. If you are experiencing mild depression, mood swings, a feeling of exhaustion and irritability, it is likely you are going through “baby blues”, which is fairly common. Although concerning, these symptoms usually pass once the hormones balance out again after pregnancy and childbirth, provided you get sufficient rest, a good diet and have a good support structure in place. However, with post-natal depression (PND), the symptoms are generally more severe and long-lasting and may include a lack of interest in your baby, negative feelings towards your baby, worrying about hurting your baby, a lack of concern for yourself, loss of pleasure, lack of energy and motivation, feelings of worthlessness and guilt, changes in appetite and weight, sleeping more or less than usual and recurrent thoughts of death or suicide. Whether you are exhibiting signs and symptoms of baby blues or PND, it may be hard to reach out and talk about these feelings, but it is important that you keep trying to talk to anyone who will listen. Doing so could change your whole early experience of motherhood, making it the wonderful time it deserves to be.
Homoeopathy in baby’s first year and beyond
Just as Homoeopathy can be an incredibly valuable tool during pregnancy, childbirth and during the postnatal period, it can also assist greatly in the first year of your baby’s life. Homoeopathy may provide gentle relief for colic or trapped wind, teething, nappy rash and during colds or other common conditions affecting young children. Your homoeopath can also assist in educating you about common remedies to keep at home and how to prescribe for minor ailments like bumps and bruises, cuts and scrapes and bites and stings. Homoeopathy is a helpful hand throughout childhood, as your baby develops into a toddler, pre-schooler, teenager and young adult, so you can consult a homoeopath for any issues relating to what your child may be dealing with, be it emotional (temper tantrums, grief, anxiety, fearfulness) or age-related conditions like growing pains, allergies, recurrent infections, skin conditions such as acne or eczema, menstrual irregularities or pain etc.
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