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‘False’ labour pains

These are strong and regular contractions that are imitations of the real thing. They may be off and on for many hours or days but do not progress or sustain themselves and are ineffective in dilating the cervix. The pains are irregular, not increasing in intensity and felt mostly in the abdomen which feels sensitive to pressure and movement.

Suggested remedies:

Cimicifuga 6c

  • Irregular, sharp, cramping pain
  • Felt in the small of the back around to the abdomen
  • Mentally, a feeling of dejection, a pessimistic outlook about the pregnancy, the labour or the parenting to follow
  • A feeling of “I can’t do it” or “I can’t go through with it”

 

Caulophyllum 30c

  • Extremely painful, sharp pains which are brief in duration
  • Backache
  • Generalised weakness and trembling
  • Thirsty
  • Sensitive to cold
  • Nervous with rapid changes of mood
  • Profuse irritating vaginal discharge

 

Pulsatilla 30c

  • Changeable physical and emotional symptoms
  • High or low blood pressure
  • Intolerance of warm rooms, wants the windows open
  • Restlessness
  • A strong need for affection and emotional support
  • Cries easily

 

Gelsemium 30c

  • Aches and pains
  • Chills
  • Weakness
  • Trembling
  • Anxiety due to anticipation

 

Insomnia in the final months

Suggested dosage: one dose every 30 minutes until sleep, or a dose every 4 hours for 48 hours or until you have a good sleep.

Suggested remedies:

Nux vomica 30c

  • Insomnia around 3am until around dawn
  • From mental stress or too much work or study
  • Irritable that sleep will not come
  • Overactive mind

special note: should not be used before or after Chamomilla

 

Kali phos 30c

  • Feeling that they can’t go on
  • Exhausted from the pregnancy
  • Insomnia following excitement
  • The mind is full of thought and activity
  • Patient will be either very excited or exhausted
  • Wants to be supported (physically and emotionally)
  • Anxious about the health of the baby
  • Wants to be held

Special note: use when there are too few symptoms to prescribe another remedy

 

Coffea 30c

  • Insomnia from an overactive mind
  • Cannot stop the train of thought and flow of ideas
  • Fear of pain
  • May be needed after receiving good news or a pleasant surprise

 

Arnica 30c

  • Insomnia after physical exertion or strain
  • The bed feels too hard
  • Often kept awake until two or three in the morning
  • Insomnia due to heat, restlessness and constant desire to change position
  • Starts as from fright while falling asleep

 

Late onset of labour

When the pregnancy goes well past term your baby should be closely monitored by an appropriate health professional.

The time leading up to and beyond the expected due date is often full of fears and anxieties for the parents to be. They may relate to past birth experiences, or other’s stories about difficulties with labour and parenting. Whatever the source, these anxieties may prevent labour from beginning or interfere with its progress. A homoeopathic remedy may help resolve these issues and allow the labour to progress naturally.

The following suggested remedies may be of assistance if the mother and baby are both physically ready for birth:


Gelsemium 30c

  • Fear of not being able to persist with and accomplish the birth
  • Emotionally timid
  • Trembling with nervous or emotional excitement in anticipation
  • Feels weak and tired

 


Pulsatilla 30c

  • Contractions come and go but labour never becomes established
  • Changeable physical and emotional symptoms
  • High or low blood pressure
  • Intolerance of warm rooms
  • Restlessness
  • A strong need for affection and emotional support

 

Caulophyllum 30c

  • A feeling of apprehension towards the upcoming birth
  • Nervous with mood swings
  • Backache
  • Generalised weakness and trembling
  • Thirsty
  • Sensitive to cold
  • Profuse irritating vaginal discharge

 

Cimicifuga 30c

  • May be required if there is a history of frightening or unnerving experience of childbirth, miscarriage or abortion in the past
  • A feeling of dejection, a pessimistic outlook about the pregnancy, the labour or the parenting to follow
  • A feeling of “I can’t do it” or “I can’t go through with it”
  • Irregular, sharp, cramping pains
  • Weak contractions felt in the small of the back around to the abdomen that never develop into established labour

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