Safe Medicines can include Homeopathy which can support a woman during pregnancy, breast-feeding mums and children because the ingredients in homoeopathic medicines – mainly plants and minerals – are highly diluted. This means that the medicines are completely non-toxic, making them ideal for use at times when you might not want to take conventional drugs.
Nausea and sickness generally lasts until the 14th to 16th week of pregnancy, however, it can persist throughout the whole pregnancy. It can be uncomfortable, so homeopathy is a great option for relief.
Remedies exist for situations where the nausea is worse during movement of any kind or if it starts as soon as your head lifts off the pillow. Similarly, if you feel better for sitting still, warmly wrapped but desiring fresh air or if you’re covered in a cold sweat, there are remedies available. Even if you need relief from nausea triggered by the smell of food, homeopathy can assist.
Breast tenderness, while harmless, can be one of the most uncomfortable symptoms of pregnancy. Caused by the changing hormone levels in your body during early pregnancy, breast tenderness, including slightly lumpy breasts and tenderness accompanied by breast swelling or hard palpable lumps in the breast or underarm area, can be remedied using homeopathy.
Backache is predominantly caused by the growing bump, enlarging pelvis and the stretching of ligaments in the pelvic, sacral and lumbar region. If you are experiencing the following symptoms there is a homeopathic remedy available to help:
- Your lower back feels weak and tired, pain is typically “dragging” in the middle of the lower back
- Your backache also affects the lumbar region and is relieved by firm pressure / massage
- Your muscles are stiff and ache and there is a bruised sensation, especially if there has been a strain or sprain
Constipation is incredibly common in pregnancy and is caused by added pressure on the bowels from the growing baby, as well as the effect of the hormone progesterone on the intestine. There are several homoeopathic remedies which could be useful in assisting bowel function.
Heartburn and indigestion are, once again, very common during pregnancy, especially in the last trimester, as the pressure of the expanding uterus pushes upwards onto the oesophagus and stomach. This, in combination with the effects of progesterone on the digestive organs, means acid reflux moves back up the oesophagus, causing pain behind the sternum, discomfort and inability to eat more than just small amounts in one sitting. Certain foods can aggravate the condition and are best avoided (curried foods and rich, fatty foods). Remedies are available for all types of heartburn and indigestion directly relating to what food is causing the symptoms.
Cystitis or Urinary Tract Infection may be missed because some of the symptoms of infection are common side effects of pregnancy, namely frequency in urination and mild pain or stinging on passing urine. Homoeopathic remedies may be coupled with whatever conventional medication is necessary to treat cystitis effectively, as it can induce early onset of labour.
Emotions during pregnancy – Pregnancy can be an overwhelming time, partly because of constantly-changing hormones and partly because of the impending changes in lifestyle and routine that will greatly affect a woman (and her partner). Some women experience nightmares, anxiety, up and down moods, tearfulness, sleeping difficulties or anger. While these emotional changes are fairly common, they can be very upsetting, and Homoeopathy can assist in providing gentle support.
General mineral maintenance during pregnancy using tissue salts (also known as biochemic salts). They are effectively micro doses of the body’s twelve essential minerals. These minerals play a role in the functioning and health of the body and, when taken during pregnancy, they can replace some of the vital minerals the developing baby draws from the expectant mum. They are useful during the entire pregnancy and during lactation and can be taken by children.