Post # 1
I’ve been reading a little here and there about arnica and the possible benefits it can have if you take it at the beginning of your labor and through the first week post-partum. Has anyone here had any personal experience with it? I’m looking specifically for anecdotes of having taken it for labor and delivery, but would also love to read if anyone has used it for anything else. Looking for the good, the bad, and the stay-the-hell-away-from-that tales!!!
Post # 3
My massage therapist recommended that I take Arnica after I was in a car accident a few years ago because I was having a lot of shoulder and neck pain. She said that taking the Arnica would help with inflammation. I’m allergic to pretty much every anti-inflammatory drug (eg: asprin, advil, naprosin) so it was nice to have a natural alternative.
I haven’t heard about taking Arnica for labour, etc. I guess I’ll have to look into that!
Post # 4
I’ve only read about using it after labour to help with bruising, soreness, etc.
I had arnica pellets (to take orally), but forgot I brought them with me and never took them …lol
I’ve used lots of other homeopathic remedies though and have had great experience with them.
Post # 5
@MrsPuddingface: I love it for muscle soreness, especially back pain! It really seems to help me get less sore after a hard workout. I used the oral pellets and love them. I’ve never heard it used during/after labor. I’ve wondered if it is ok to keep taking Arnica during pregnancy. I’m only 5 weeks and haven’t needed it yet but I’m sure I’ll get sore at some point and want to use it. Interesting!
Post # 6
I use Arnica for bruising, and it definitely helps with the soreness, swelling and fading 🙂 However, I use the cream.
Post # 8
Homeopathic Arnica is generally safe during pregnancy and birth, a naturopathic doctor or homeopath in your area can guide you in how much to take and when if you plan to use it. Hope that helps.
Post # 9
commenting to follow for labor.
Hubs took it when he was running in H.S to help with cramps and leg soreness in cross country. I believe it helps w/ lactic acic build up including brusing and tearing in labor. It’s also dirt cheap on Amazon and safe so to me it’s worth a shot.
Post # 10
@urchin: Darn! Sorry you forgot about them! I’ve heard they can be pretty amazing for helping you recover after delivery!
@As_You_Wish: Thanks for that – everything I’ve read says it really helps, but I’m a bit puzzled by the different potencies and recommended doses I keep seeing.
@MrsAKSkier: From what I’ve read you’re not supposed to take it during pregnancy for any repeated use or length of time. It’s supposed to be totally fine to take once your labor starts though, since baby is usually out within 72 hours anyway.
@ccantics: Did you find the cream pretty effective?
@cdncinnamongirl: Thanks for the input! I don’t think we have a local homeopath (small town), but I know our local health food store has a pretty big range of homeopathic remedies, so I might go ask them for more info on it.
Post # 11
@MrsPuddingface: My family uses arnica cream for bruising, and I think it’s really effective! My sister has TONS of anecdotes… for example, she put anica on my nephew when he ran SMACK into a door (forehead-first) and had a huge egg lump in the middle of his forehad, the day before they were due for family photos. She got the arnica on him nearly instantly, and unbelievably, the swelling went down and it never turned into a bruise – so he didn’t have a big purple forehead in the pictures! That’s just one of many instances where it just seems really clear to us that it prevents or really reduces bruising…
Post # 12
Arnica is great for bruising and soreness. I would recommend seeing a classical homeopath even during your pregnancy as well! The key word is classical though, they are the ones that have the formal training.
Post # 13