Sepia and Nux Vomica – Friends of the Pregnant Woman!

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Remedies have relationships and belong to families.  This is one way of organizing and understanding how remedies may work together.  Sepia and Nux vomica are two such remedies.

Sepia

Sepia is a very hormonally based remedy and hence the reason it shows up a lot during pregnancy.  Sepia women feel hormonal changes strongly, each shift such as menarche, the birth control pill, pregnancy, breastfeeding and menopause create imbalance and difficulty for the Sepia woman.  During pregnancy Sepia women may experience some of the following symptoms:

  • aversion to their husband – this is a strong aversion – including the smell of their husband
  • aversion to their children – general impatience and feeling of being overwhelmed
  • exhaustion
  • lack of tone – sensation as if the baby is falling out
  • prolapse – bladder, rectum or uterus
  • craving for vinegar
  • stasis – varicose veins, hemorrhoids, constipation and cold hands and feet
  • desire for vigorous exercise but too tired to do so
  • aversion to breastfeeding – would prefer to go to work and this is their main conflict – knowing breastfeeding is a good choice for the baby but lacking the desire to sit and do it.

Nux Vomica

Nux vomica is the acute remedy of Sepia.  This means if a person is constitutionally a Sepia type,  then Nux vomica will work well for acute complaints – symptoms that are temporary and passing through.

For example

  • morning sickness in pregnancy – this feels like being hung over – dry heaves, retching, headache and BAD mood
  • withdrawal from coffee, tea, drugs or alcohol – headache, constipation and BAD MOOD
  • impatience in traffic, at work, with families – extreme lack of tolerance and patience – translates in labour as a premature urge to push
  • short-tempered
  • headaches
  • constipation – with urging but little output
  • very sensitive to noise, light, stimulation and big reactions when overstimulated.
  • babies that cannot handle stimulation, especially premature babies

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Pulsatilla 200C- when and why to use this remedy

Pulsatilla is a very common remedy to see in pregnancy, labour and postpartum.  If a remedy works well for you in pregnancy – i.e. it addresses your morning sickness, then it is highly likely that will also be useful for induction, to augment labour or to support any breastfeeding challenges.  Pulsatilla is a remedy that appears to follow a woman from pregnancy to postpartum and often it will be the first remedy to consider should the baby need a remedy.

Pulsatilla emotionally looks like:

  • weeps easily
  • looks for comfort and reassurance and allows this
  • indecisive
  • emotional about other children, fear of them feeling abandoned
  • looks to those around her for guidance instead of tapping into her own

Physically this translates as:

  • discharges that are yellow, thick and emerging from eyes, nose, ears – newborn goopy eyes
  • craves touch no matter what – even while in transition prefer to be cuddled and touched
  • morning sickness that changes day by day – different triggers, different times, different reactions to food.
  • indecisiveness is reflected in the baby assuming many positions during pregnancy and often goes breech, labour that starts and stops and is experienced all through the body – contractions in legs, bum, back, abdomen, unable to commit to the labour taking Pulsatilla will create a regular rhythm to the labour and is the gesture of commitment that is needed to progress.
  • goes into labour only when children are in bed or being cared for – reluctant to really be in labour without the midwives, husband, mother, support team that she has assembled all around her – within sight
  • very changeable milk supply and supply that is easily effected by food, company, upset, discharges etc.

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Pulsatilla is a plant remedy, made of the wind flower – it blooms in the spring and softly blows in the wind – a way to remember its soft, changeable nature and being a plant its reaction to and awareness of its environment.

Babies

  • use Pulsatilla for babies if you have a baby with separation anxiety – by that I mean if you cannot walk out of a room without the baby weeping.
  • This is such a useful remedy for siblings that may be feeling jealous and becoming very weepy and whiny as a means of expressing their feelings.  Pulsatilla will reassure them of their stability in the family.

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Homeopathic remedies for Withdrawal and Detoxing during Pregnancy

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One request I often hear is “are there remedies to make me stop smoking, eating sugar, drinking coffee, smoking pot etc.?”  The answer is yes.

If you can figure out  why you have those addictions through the homeopathic case taking process,  you can use remedies to support yourself in both getting through the mental/emotional aspect of the addiction as well as dealing with the withdrawal and detoxing physical symptoms of the process.

Nux vomica is one of the remedies that can be used to support people choosing to go off of coffee, marijuana, alcohol and cigarettes.  Nux vomica people tend to use substance to get them through the high pace of their life.  They are usually fast movers, workaholics, highly social with a tendency to overindulge in food, alcohol and other substance.

People that need Nux vomica will experience great irritability, headaches, constipation, morning sickness that feels like a hang over – retching and nausea.  Women attempting to create a better environment for their babies need to wade through these symptoms of detox and homeopathy is a great support as this process occurs.

For more specific information on remedies to take during pregnancy please visit my website – http://www.pipermartin.com and access my on-line e-book – The Homeopathic Guide to a Vibrant Pregnancy.

Induction – What are the remedies to Induce Labour???

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Yes, it is possible to induce labour safely using homeopathic medicine.   To use them successfully you must find a remedy that suits your physical, mental and emotional state.  Each remedy has a description which is called a remedy picture.  When you match the remedy picture to your own “picture” it means that you are considering any aspects of your being that are out of proportion – on a mental, emotional or physical level.  

Once you can identify those aspects that are most dynamic in you it is time to figure out a remedy.  Reading remedy descriptions can be challenging as it is hard to be objective about your self, it is best if you are able to see a homeopath to consult with them.  If that is not a possibility for you I have created an on-line e-book which outlines several remedy pictures that are commonly seen in pregnant women.  The Homeopathic Guide to a Vibrant Pregnancy contains not only information on induction but also suggests remedies for morning sickness, iron deficiency, remedies for labour and the postpartum period.  This e-book is available on my website – www.pipermartin.com for $20.00. 

Nausea and Vomiting – Homeopathic Solutions

It is not necessary to suffer through nausea and vomiting.  Remedies are safe to take during pregnancy and can significantly impact the intensity and frequency of the symptoms you experience. 

 The following five remedies are the most commonly used to eliminate nausea and vomiting.  For more in depth information please access my on-line e-book – The Homeopathic Guide to a Vibrant Pregnancy available on my website – www.pipermartin.com 

 Take two pellets of the remedy that most closely matches your symptom picture.  If there is a shift then just wait, the symptoms may not return at all.  If you feel you are dipping again then you can repeat the dose.  A dose is 2 pellets.  Please take a look at How to Take a Homeopathic Remedy– available on this blog site. 

Nux vomica 200C– great remedy for morning sickness that feels like a hangover.  Retching, constipation, irritability and headaches.  Especially helpful for women working on addictions and experiencing withdrawal symptoms from alcohol or pot. 

Sepia 200C– a good alternative if Nux looked like it fit but did not quite work.  Symptoms  present as:  distant with husband, worse nausea around the dinner hour, hates  meat, especially the smell, exhausted, dragged down feeling. 

Ipecacuanha 200C – this is homeopathic  Ipecacuanha.  do not confuse it with the medical version of Ipecacuanha.  This is for constant nausea.  Nothing makes it better, even vomiting only gives a brief relief.  Worse in the morning when first rising.

Tabacum 200C –  Violent vomiting with a cold sweat, pale, chilly.  Waves on nausea made worse by the least motion.  Desire to spit.  Worse from smell of tobacco. 

Cocculus 200C – This remedy has a sensation like motion sickness.  It is nausea that is worse from any motion – especially cars, boats, planes etc.  Aversion to food and drink – metallic taste in the mouth.  Hungry but can’t figure out what she wants to eat.