ROLE OF HOMOEOPATHIC MEDICINES IN AIDING NORMAL DELIVERY
Motherhood is the world’s biggest joy, and God’s greatest miracle.
Vaginal delivery is the most common way of childbirth.
It involves three stages of labour: the shortening and opening of the cervix, descent and birth of the baby, and the delivery of the placenta.
It is a natural process where in the baby is born head first. The baby and the placenta are delivered from the uterus, through the cervix and the birth canal. This process results from contractions of the uterus during labour. Most woman deliver 38-40 weeks after becoming pregnant.
ADVANTAGES OF A NORMAL DELIVERY:
•Quicker recovery of the mother: Though vaginal delivery is an extended, gruelling process both physically and mentally but shortly after the delivery mothers feel like their normal self again. Since, there are no major abdominal stitches and also because the endorphins released during delivery relieve the after pain, the mother feels better.
•Shorter hospital stay for mom and baby: Because the mother recovers quicker, the hospital stay is shorter.
•Better breast feeding process: The mothers are physically capable of sitting up and breastfeeding, the hormones which are produced during labor help in a better nursing experience.
•Healthier baby: Babies born through normal delivery have better immunity.
•No risks from surgery: A normal delivery is ‘less risky’ as compared to C-Section which is a major surgery.
•Lowered rate of risks in future pregnancies.
•Lowered rate of respiratory risks in baby: When the baby passes through the birth canal, the baby’s thorax is compressed, expelling amniotic fluid from his lungs. This helps the baby to breathe air better once out in the world, causing fewer respiratory problems in the initial days
To promote Normal delivery, certain measures should be adopted right from the initial pregnancy days:
•Avoid stress: Though a little stress is normal during pregnancy, but staying away from stress, anxiety, and negative emotions can ease the process of childbirth. Practice any form of meditation that helps you feel comfortable. Read books, listen to music, involve in visualization techniques, enjoy good company and stay away from negative people.
•Stay positive: It is imperative to stay positive regarding childbirth. Gossips are a strict no-no. Being less panicky works too.
•Acquire knowledge about birthing, labour and the delivery process by reading books on it, talking to other mothers about it. If at all there are any doubts about pregnancy and childbirth, it is advisable to get them cleared. Prenatal classes are very helpful. But, do not be overwhelmed by the information.
•Build a strong support system: A strong emotional support like having your partner, mother and close friends around so that they boost your confidence.
•Regular perineal massages can help your body get ready for a normal delivery.
•Staying hydrated helps to increase stamina during labour. Hydrotherapy can help beat stress, and reduce discomfort and pain during labor.
•Watch your weight: Overweight women can have problems during labor, making normal delivery difficult.
•Food Tips For Normal Delivery: Eat right because a healthy mother means a healthy baby. Diet should consist of fruits, vegetables, lean meat, legumes, and dairy. Dark green vegetables, a good amount of starchy food, and foods that are rich in protein should be incorporated in the diet. Avoid junk food.
•Stay physically active during pregnancy as it aids in a natural delivery.
•Certain pelvic floor and breathing exercises should be practised on a regular basis but only after consulting a doctor. Walking, swimming and prenatal yoga can also be done.
HOMOEOPATHIC MEDICINES ARE HELPFUL IN AIDING NORMAL DELIVERY-
Extreme fear experienced during pregnancy. Contractions feel violent and intense, producing a state of fear and anxiety. Restless, agitated and fearful that they might die. Especially helpful during transitional phase of labor.
Feeling sore and bruised during labor. They may not want to be touched. Relieves soft tissue damage (perineum and abdomen) following birth. Reduces swelling and bruising and risk of infection and promotes healing.
Follows well after Arnica or if Arnica does not ease discomfort. Exceptional for bruised, sore, pelvic pain or abdominal tissues during pregnancy and following birth.
Can be used at term to help strengthen and tone the uterus and prepare and soften the cervix prior to birth. Also helpful if labor pains fail to dilate the cervix and contractions become irregular, short and spasmodic. Used to coordinate and strengthen contractions.
Similar to Caulophyllum. The difference being it helps to produce coordinated contractions while allaying fear and anxiety. Encourages a woman to trust the birth process and open up both emotionally and physically. She may feel unable to endure labor. Incredibly useful for women who may have a painful or traumatic memory of a past pregnancy, birth, miscarriage etc.
Excellent remedy for dysfunctional labor with failure to progress, especially if baby is lying in a posterior position. There is weakness and exhaustion and muscles tremble with the effort of movement. Contractions are felt in the back. Especially helpful when there is fear or anticipation of birth. May be useful before birth to help ease anxiety.
Shooting, nerve pains following caesarian section or perineal tears and episiotomy.
Pain of contractions felt mainly in the back (especially posterior positioned babies). The backache may extend to the buttocks. Feel as if back would break and back pain is better for hard pressure. Often feels very chilly.
For contractions felt in the back that extend to the buttocks and thighs. They feel as if they want to move their bowels or urinate, but nothing much is passed. They are irritable, impatient and easily angered and offended. Sensitive to odors, light and noise. No pressure can be tolerated on the back and pain is worse from pressure.
Encourages the quick healing of incisions or lacerated wounds. Useful following incision, penetration or stretching of muscle fibers after catheterisation and episiotomy. Relieves feelings of anger, resentment, disappointment and emotional upset that may follow a difficult labor and birth or caesarian section.
Many more remedies like sepia, thyroidinum, pulsatilla, secale cor etc are also helpful to combat the troubles of normal delivery.