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Childbirth is the natural process of giving birth; it is also referred to as parturition or delivery. It involves labor which is a progressive series of rhythmic contractions of the uterus which cause effacement of the uterine cervix and, ultimately, birth. Premature labor, postmature labor, premature rupture of membranes, and cesarean birth are several of the complications of childbirth.



Signs & Symptoms

Contraction of uterine muscles which become more regular and frequent
Twinges of backache
Indigestion-like pain
Bloody vaginal discharge
Breaking water

Nutritional Supplements

General Supplements

Folic Acid 400 - 800 mcg
Vitamin B-6 25 - 50 mg
Vitamin B-12 100 - 1,000 mcg
Vitamin C1,000 - 3,000 mg
Vitamin E 400 - 800 IU
Vitamin K 1 - 2 mcg
Zinc 20 - 40 mg

Note: All amounts are in addition to those supplements having a Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA). Due to individual needs, one must always be aware of a possible undetermined effect when taking nutritional supplements. If any disturbances from the use of a particular supplement should occur, stop its use immediately and seek the care of a qualified health care professional.

Dietary Considerations

Digestion slows considerably with the onset of Childbirth. Foods and liquids should be restricted at the first sign of labor and completely withheld during the second stage to avoid vomiting and aspirating food. Ice chips can be sucked to keep the mouth moist.

If a proper diet is consumed during pregnancy, a woman's nutritional stores are adequate for handling the physical exertion and blood loss associated with childbirth. For this reason, there is no need for supplements or special diets after uncomplicated childbirth by a woman with no intention of breast feeding.

Women who gain 20 to 30 pounds during pregnancy can attain their pre-pregnancy weight in two to six months after delivery by following a Dietary Goals Diet.

Breast feeding will aid in weight reduction, as it utilizes 500 calories per day over the pre-pregnancy needs of the mother. An extra quart of milk per day will provide the added nutrients and liquids for milk production.

Non-nursing mothers who need to lose weight because of excess weight gain during pregnancy, or pre-pregnancy obesity, can take up the Weight Reduction Diet two to four weeks after delivery.

Homeopathic Remedy

1.* Caulophyllum thalictroides tinct.        3C furthers progress of labor
2. Belladonna tinct.                        30C
3. Cimicifuga racemosa tinct.                15C

Treatment Schedule

Doses cited are to be administered on a 3X daily schedule, unless otherwise indicated. Dose usually continued for 2 weeks. Liquid preparations usually use 8-10 drops per dose. Solid preps are usually 3 pellets per dose. Children use 1/2 dose.


X = 1 to 10 dilution - weak (triturition)
C = 1 to 100 dilution - weak (potency)
M = 1 to 1 million dilution (very strong)
X or C underlined means it is most useful potency

Asterisk (*) = Primary remedy. Means most necessary remedy. There may be more than one remedy - if so, use all of them.


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Herbal Approaches


Blue cohosh
Red raspberry plant

Note: The misdirected use of an herb can produce severely adverse effects, especially in combination with prescription drugs. This Herbal information is for educational purposes and is not intended as a replacement for medical advice.

Aromatherapy - Essential Oils

Geranium EssenceJasmine Essence
Lavender EssenceRose Essence

Related Health Conditions

Cesarean birth
Postmature birth
Premature birth



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