Has anyone used Arnica before? Specifically, during labor?

posted 3 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
1414 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

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
2696 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

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
2476 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@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
636 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I use Arnica for bruising, and it definitely helps with the soreness, swelling and fading 🙂 However, I use the cream.


Post # 7
3213 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Catholic Church

Commenting to follow. 🙂

Post # 8
1613 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

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
3032 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

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 # 11
439 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

@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
1450 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

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.

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