Homeopathic Remedies for Pregnancy & Childbirth

January 5, 2014

Homeopathic remedies have a 200 year history of use during pregnancy and childbirth and are rendered safe, gentle, non-toxic, FDA approved and and when correctly chosen, energetically stimulates the body’s natural defenses to heal itself. Homeopathy can help tremendously leading up to the birth of a baby, avoiding or reducing some of the problems associated with labor and in dealing with post-natal symptoms.

Homeopathy uses ultra dilute “micro” doses in which the original substance (usually derived from a plant or mineral) is diluted in liquid repeatedly and vigorously shaken with each dilution. Homeopathic remedies don’t contain any molecules of the original substance, yet medicinal qualities are retained. Even though the doses are small, they are very effective, yet safe and gentle. It works on the principle of “like cures like” – that is, a substance that would cause symptoms in a healthy person is used to cure those same symptoms in illness. For example, one remedy which might be used in a person suffering from insomnia is coffea, a remedy made from coffee beans.

Homeopathy is not just a useful companion for pregnancy and childbirth, it also helps with common breastfeeding issues and baby’s first year of life. If you are in the process of either starting or expanding your family, a good home-use book on homeopathy such as Family Guide to Homeopathy: Symptoms and Natural Solutions is a worthwhile investment to make.

The below list contains some of the most commonly used homeopathic remedies for pregnancy and childbirth.

1) Aconite. Contractions feel violent and intense, producing a state of fear, panic and anxiety. This is a major remedy for a precipitous labor where contractions come on very suddenly. Woman fears she will not make it through childbirth and/or is convinced that she will die. Emotional shock and trauma of the infant after a difficult birth when baby appears shocked and frightened. A dose of Arnica is usually followed 30 minutes later if there has been physical trauma. Useful for newborns with ophthalmia, jaundice, retention of urine, neonatal asphyxia and post-circumcision.

2) Arnica. Common anti-inflammatory remedy given at the beginning of and hourly throughout the labor. A dose of 200C can be given to mother immediately after birth to prevent postpartum hemorrhage, after surgical births (C-sections, forceps or vaccuum extractions) to promote healing and reduce swelling, bruising, risk of infection, soft tissue damage (perineum or abdomen) and to baby with swelling or bruising.

3) Arsenicum. Indicated for anxious restlessness leading to physical exhaustion and insonia. Women who are compulsive and can’t let go. Perineal infections following childbirth. Newborn resuscitation in severely depressed baby with little or no color or respiratory effort.

4) Bellis Perennis. After a miscarriage, a dose of Arnica is given followed by a few doses of Bellis Perennis, spaced 30 minutes apart. Soreness of abdominal wall and sciatica caused by position of baby during pregnancy. Wonderful remedy for tears in the perineum or periurethral area after birth (including episiotomy), helps control the bleeding as well. Also indicated for bruised, sore pelvic or abdominal tissues following birth or Caesarean section.

5) Calendula. Use after perineal lacerations, episiotomy and Caesarean sections to help heal the tissues and prevent infection. Apply the ointment topically and wash with Calendula tincture diluted with water. Extensive tearing or episiotomy wounds benefit greatly when Calendula tincture is added to sitz bath water. Also use the homeopathic remedy (alternate with Staphysagria or Bellis Per). Calendula ointment is helpful after circumcision applied topically several times a day to help heal the wound.  Also useful umbilical cord care and diaper rash.

6) Carbo Vegetabilis. This remedy can be helpful to a woman who feels weak and faint during pregnancy, with poor circulation, a general feeling of coldness and a craving for fresh or moving air. A woman who is deeply tired from overwork, many pregnancies close together, or a previous illness may regain some strength. Also useful for frequent digestive upsets with wind trapped with excruciating pain.

7) Caulophyllum. Commonly used at the beginning of a labor that is not progressing and the cervix will not dilate. Contractions become irregular and cease. Once labour is well established, switch to Cimicifuga 200C to complete dilation. Women needing this remedy are thirsty, sensitive to cold, fretful and weak. Also the most frequently indicated remedy for premature labor due to weakness of the cervix and in women who are weak and nervous. Never use during early pregnancy, as it can bring on contractions. It can also cause labor to be more vigorous or painful in ‘sensitive’ people if remedies are given when not needed.

8) Chamomilla. Frequently indicated remedy for hypersensitivity to the pain (even in early labor), violent anger and extreme irritability. Hands and feet cold. Also a common remedy for painful breasts and insufficient flow of breastmilk.

9) Cimicifuga. Frequently indicated for irregular but painful contractions or non-progressive labor. The contractions are felt in the thighs, hips, back and side to side of the abdomen instead of the uterus. This remedy helps to dilate the cervix. She may have terrible apprehension, paranoia and confusion. She is sensitive to noise and worse from cold. Cervix spasms and becomes rigid on examination. Uterus ascends high into the abdomen during contraction. Never use during early pregnancy, as it can bring on contractions. It can also cause labor to be more vigorous or painful in ‘sensitive’ people if remedies are given when not needed.

10) Gelsemium. Useful in the last few days before labor, for women who have extreme anxiety anticipating labor and birth. She may start behaving hysterically or will become very weak, sleepy, apathetic and indifferent. Can also be used prophylactically with women who have had a history of painful, traumatic or ineffectual labors. Given when labor has been in progress for many hours but there is absolutely no progress with dilation or when contractions weaken and cease. She is extremely exhausted, weak and drowsy. Difficult to support weight. Muscles tremble with the effort of movement. She does not really want to participate in the labor. Also helpful when women gets the flu just before her guess date.

11) Hypericum. Shooting nerve pains from back, neck or spinal trauma. Used following perineal damage or Caesarian section.

12) Ipecacuanha. One of the most common remedies for nausea during pregnancy. Women needing this remedy have persistent nausea that lasts all day, and nothing relieves the nausea, even vomiting. Taken before rising in the morning as a preventative. Also one of the main remedies for postpartum hemorrhage when the woman is faint, gasping for breath, with persistent nausea and bleeding that is worse when lying down.

13) Kali Carbonicum. Used for threatened miscarriage in the early months, irregular labors, non-progressive labors, postpartum hemorrhage and afterpains. Very helpful for women with lower back pain and back labor (often with posterior presentation). It has helped many women intent on natural birth to manage persistent lower back pain and maintain their ability to cope in labor. Also a common remedy for postpartum depression where there is a lot of irritability and physical sensitivity to pain, noise and touch.

14) Kali Phosphoricum. Physical, mental and emotional exhaustion either during or after labor where few other symptoms may be present.

15) Nux Vomica. This remedy may be useful for nausea, indigestion, heartburn, stomach pain, constipation, hemorrhoids and varicose veins during pregnancy. The main remedy from fainting during labour due to severe pain. The pains cause a frequent urge to urinate and defecate. She is irritable, impatient, critical, sensitive to odors, light and noise and chilly. Often indicated for women who have led a sedentary or indulgent lifestyle (with past use of stimulants and/or alcohol). 

16) Pulsatilla. The most commonly indicated remedy for turning a malpositioned baby. Another common remedy for constipation, hemorrhoids and varicose veins. A useful remedy for anxious mother who needs a lot of emotional support and is worried about the baby. She wants cool air, is better walking about and is not thirsty. Pulsatilla may not be a good choice if there is a low lying placenta in case the softening of the lower uterine segment adds to a tendency to retain the low lying placenta or the increased chance of excessive bleeding.

17) Pyrogenium. Not likely to be needed but an important remedy if a postpartum infection in the uterus develops following childbirth. Rapidly resolves sepsis. May be used for its protective effect against infection of mother or baby if the membranes have been ruptured for a long time before the onset of labor, especially if a fever develops.

18) Secale. Prolonged bearing down pains without results. Hemorrhage, passive flow of dark thin blood from low lying placenta. Tremendous burning and heat that is improved from cold and uncovering, though skin feels cold to the touch.

19) Sepia. Think of this remedy for nausea, hair loss and/or constipation during pregnancy. Also for various problems during labor, retained placenta, and afterpains. #1 remedy for postpartum depression. Violent bearing-down pains as if everything would come out. A woman needing this remedy feels indifferent to the baby and/or never wanted the pregnancy. Most useful for women who have had many babies and/or have had their children close together. She is irritable, sad, and easily offended.

20) Staphysagria. Obstructed labor in abused women with suppressed anger. Woman does not want to be touched in labor. Helps surgical wounds and lacerations heal. Relieves the feelings of anger, resentment, disappointment, and emotional upset that may follow an abusive birth or Caesarean birth.


  • Homeopathy is simple to take, but does require some care. Be sure not to touch the remedy with your hands. Place it in a clean, taste-free mouth and dissolve under the tongue. Avoid mint, menthol, tea-tree oil and coffee until after you achieve the effect you want
  • There is a number followed by a “C” beside the remedy name denoting the potency or strength of the homeopathic remedy. The higher the number beside the remedy, the higher the strength. Strength usually matches with how acute the situation is, as well as with the energy of the person taking the remedy. A common dose is in pregnancy is 30C, however a 200C potency is usually indicated in childbirth because it is a particularly intense experience.
  • If there has been no improvement in symptoms, stop and change to the next best-matching remedy. Once there is improvement, re-dose only if symptoms return. In other words, don’t take the remedy if it is not needed.

The information about the use of homeopathy contained in this site is not meant to be a substitute for seeking the advice of a qualified homeopath. Always consult a certified classical homeopath before administering or taking homeopathic remedies. 

Image used with permission by Fire and Joy.

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  • Reply Laura CaoRomero February 17, 2014 at 9:42 am

    I’m a midwife and could not dare do my job without the aid of Homeopathy!
    Thanks a lot!

  • Reply Nadezda April 1, 2015 at 10:33 am


    thaink u so much for such interesting website! gives alot of information that hard to find ur self. thank u

    i have a question, i am 20 weeks pregnant and doctors found gemotoma is there any way to hill it or work on it exept just laying? would love to hear any advice from u if one exist ))))

    send u love and love

    • Reply Natureal Mom April 1, 2015 at 2:07 pm

      Hi Nadezda, I’m so glad you have found my site to be a good source of information. Is it a subchorionic hematoma? I am not a doctor or medical care provider so I’m not qualified to give any advice, however, I did a lot of research on them because I had one during my last pregnancy. It was discovered when I started bleeding at 12 weeks but it did not cause any trouble after that other than some anxiety which isn’t helpful during any pregnancy. That’s why it’s important not to read too many message boards, etc online. There are many factors involved that you may want to speak to your doctor/care provider about such as the size, location, if it’s bleeding or not, if it’s resolving, staying the same or growing, etc. I was told that they usually resolve on their own. My care provider put me on pelvic rest and I saw him regularly to monitor it. I also took some supplements such as chlorophyll but this is something you should speak to your care provider about first. I went into labor on my own at 41 weeks and had a 9 lb 5 oz healthy baby boy in the water 🙂 Let me know how it goes!

  • Reply Ana May 22, 2015 at 8:35 am

    Hi. Great info. I’m 21 weeks today preg with fraternal twins and last Sunday I was told I have a low lying placenta. They advised that due to the intercourse I had Sat. I was having bleeding. The bleeding is no longer bright red, but its still residual with any type of bowel movement, gag reflex or coughing. I’ve been put on pelvic rest, but not bed rest. I miscarried 2 yrs ago at 22 weeks due to an infection from leaking amniotic fluid and I’m terrified. Please tell me if there’s any anything you can think of that would promote my placental placement up and away from my cervix. Thank you.

    • Reply Natureal Mom May 22, 2015 at 9:18 am

      Hi there. As a doula, I am not qualified to give medical advise. However, I can share that I also had a low lying placentia and a subchorionic hematoma with bleeding and was also put on pelvic rest. I had a lot of anxiety about it because I had also previously miscarried (it was an early loss but I was still devastated and scared) but realized that stressing wasn’t going to help and worrying was not good for me or the baby. I needed to trust and do everything I could to be in a good place mentally and physically. I wrote affirmations on post-its and put them on my walls, I talked to my baby, I prayed, I visualized my placenta moving out of the way, I ate nutritious meals, took blood building supplements and made sure I was hydrated. I also went to a prenatal acupuncturist (if you are in the LA area I highly recommend Susan Minich). Do you have a birth doula and/or a good support team?

  • Reply mrssaman December 13, 2015 at 10:25 am

    hi my age 24 have 2 babies and pregnant with the third one three months completed weight 42 kg have severe pain in lower back moving throughout the left leg to the foot difficult to lay down on my back and feel pain when try to take turn please suggest some homeo remedy safe during pregnancy thanks

    • Reply Natureal Mom December 15, 2015 at 9:58 pm

      I’m sorry to hear you are in such pain! I am not a naturopath or physician and advise you to consult with your health care provider to determine the cause of the pain. I am not providing a diagnosis, but it could be Sciatica, caused by pressure on the Sciatic Nerve. If your care provider diagnoses you with this, there are some stretches that help to alleviate the pain. Some women also get relief from acupuncture and chiropractic care from providers who specialize in pregnancy.

  • Reply Sabrina April 23, 2016 at 5:04 am

    Hello, I m nursing mom, my baby is 2months.from the beginning he is getting less I have taken homeopathy medicine,it worked to some I m still taking it.can I take ayurvedic medicine side by side for lactation now?

    • Reply Natureal Mom April 23, 2016 at 9:23 pm

      Hi Sabrina, I am not qualified to give medical advice. The information about the use of herbs, homeopathic remedies and/or essential oils contained in this site is for informational purposes and is not meant to be a substitute for seeking the advice of a qualified health care provider. To locate an experienced herbalist in your area, contact the American Herbalists Guild. To locate a licensed naturopath in your area, contact the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians. I would also advise you to meet with a Lactation Consultant for an in-person evaluation to can confirm if your supply is low and provide a treatment plan for building your supply. It’s not too late, but the sooner, the better. If you are interested in a phone or email consultation with me, please contact me via the form on my services page. Warmly, Lacey

  • Reply Chandni Nanda July 25, 2016 at 11:59 am


    I am 9 weeks pregnant, and I have been taking Lycopodium 200C and Nux Vomica 200C three times a day for my chronic constipation for about month and a half. I am afraid that it will have any affect on my baby. Could you please advice. I am really worried now 🙁


    • Reply Natureal Mom July 29, 2016 at 11:18 pm

      Hi Chandni, I am not qualified to give medical advice – this post is for informational purposes and is not meant to be a substitute for seeking the advice of your care provider. I recommend consulting a certified classical homeopath who can help create a customized plan of care for you and your baby 🙂

  • Reply sarah October 10, 2016 at 9:46 pm

    I just love your site!

    I bought arnica and unclear on how to take it (dose wise and how often) when labor begins and after delivery. Would you mind sharing your wisdom and guidance on how to take it.

    Also I am feeling very anxious and nervous about delivering… there is a new fear that has come up. I am 37 weeks pregnant. 🙂
    What would you recommend is best , i saw a couple of suggestions… would they be good to place in the defuser? Thank you again!

  • Reply Vidya May 29, 2017 at 3:20 am

    Thank you for the article. I am taking Homeo medication for recurrent UTIs and belly itching. Been prescribed mother tinctures. Are they safe during pregnancy? Or should I ask for pills?

    • Reply Natureal Mom June 11, 2017 at 5:22 pm

      I recommend consulting your homeopath.

  • Reply Bre June 11, 2017 at 3:44 pm

    In your post you state not to touch the remedy with your hands, can you suggest a better way to handle the tiny tablets?

    • Reply Natureal Mom June 11, 2017 at 5:20 pm

      Yes, the pellets go into the cap and then directly into your mouth.

  • Reply Mika November 16, 2017 at 6:44 pm

    Hi! Thanks for this article!
    With my last pregnancy my water broke and as I wasn’t dilating and contractions weren’t stable I was given pitocin then epidural and also had a 3rd degree episiotomy.

    I would like to find the right remedy to help with contractions/dilation in order to avoid pitocin this time and I am also looking for a remedy to avoid an episiotomy!!!

    Also, any suggestions on what to take after delivery to be able to “go”? With my last I wasn’t able to go for a week then my husband made me eggs with butter and my stomach couldn’t handle it and … oh well I will spare you the details. I want to avoid ALL of that this time around!!

    Hope you can give me some suggestions though j already got some answers from the article.


    • Reply Natureal Mom November 20, 2017 at 9:05 pm

      Did you have doula support with your last pregnancy/labor/birth?

  • Reply Mika November 21, 2017 at 6:57 am

    Yes but she wasn’t very helpful 🙁

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