Tiredness is tough to deal with at the best of times, but add pregnancy into the mix and women can feel absolutely exhausted.
The main causes of tiredness in pregnancy are hormonal and physical changes, stress, anaemia, an acute illness and pushing yourself too hard and overdoing it.
Homeopathy has a tremendous wealth of support to offer women looking for a safe and natural way to overcome tiredness and help them feel better during their pregnancy.
It can be used for all sorts of aches and pains where you don’t want to take over the counter medicines as you are worried about the side effects, or it’s unsafe or not advisable to do so. Or you simply would like a drug free natural alternative to help you through periods of discomfort.
5 Homeopathy Remedies To Help With Tiredness In Pregnancy
1. Arnica – Tiredness from excessive physical effort or overactive baby
Arnica is useful for tiredness after periods of excessive physical effort where your body feels sore and bruised and there is an aversion to being touched or jarred.
It can also be considered when the woman feels her abdomen is sore and bruised from the baby kicking so vigorously and she feels exhausted from her footballer baby!
2. Sepia – Exhausted, worn out and irritable
Known as the “Washer Woman’s Remedy“, Sepia is useful for women who are tired and irritable during pregnancy. They may feel overburdened by the demands of family members and they generally have little enthusiasm for their pregnancy. They feel exhausted, worn out and run down and there is a sensation of sagging or weakness in the pelvic floor.
They can suffer from poor circulation, nausea with an empty feeling which is temporarily relieved from eating, constipation, involuntary urination and they craves vinegar, pickles and sour things during pregnancy.
What is most notable for a woman needing this remedy is that exercise gives her an energy and mood boost such as fast walking, running, working out at the gym or dancing.
3. Ferr Phos and Calc Phos Tissue Salts -Low energy from anaemia or at the start of an acute illness
These are two great remedies to consider alternating for pregnant women with simple anaemia and low energy.
Ferr Phos has an affinity with blood and iron and helps replenish the iron levels in the body. It also helps in the formation of healthy blood in the baby. Calc Phos helps the body absorb the iron more effectively. (See Calc Phos details below)
Ferr Phos is also a great option for those who experience constipation and other side effects from iron supplements.
As an anti-inflammatory Ferr Phos is useful at the early onset of a cold or cough with fever, flushed cheeks and where no other strong symptoms are apparent. A person benefiting from this remedy may be light sensitive and will feel worse for motion and better for being cold.
4. Kali Phos Tissue Salts – Mental strain and exhaustion
Kali Phos is known as a nerve tonic and can be used for women worn out from heavy work, studying, or from mental exhaustion.
Even though tired and worn out, they can’t sleep following a period of mental strain. They feel mentally sluggish and a bit down.
It is difficult to concentrate and they feel they can’t, even if they try.
They need and feel better for a lot of warmth and rest and feel worse for the cold, mental exertion, exercise and excitement.
Kali Phos is also a good tonic after the flu where there is nervous exhaustion and the muscles feel weak.
This is also an invaluable remedy to use in childbirth between contractions.
Kali Phos has an affinity with the nerves and is found in tissues and fluids of brain and nerve cells.
5. Calc Phos Tissue Salt – Mental, emotional and physical exhaustion after mental work
Calc Phos is a great tonic for those mentally, emotionally and physically exhausted after a period of mental work (like exams/work project) or when recovering after an illness.
It is a good remedy to think of for pregnant women who tend toward easy tiredness, suffer from poor digestion, crave junk food or smoked and salty food and who feel their bones and joints ache.
It is also particularly useful for tension in the neck and trapezius shoulder muscles brought on from exhaustion or physical stress and strain. The woman generally feels sensitive to cold and drafts which can lead to stiff necks developing.
Calc phos has an affinity with bones, muscles and teeth. It helps supports bone development for your child and helps prevents calcium depletion from your body. It is vital for growth and maintenance of healthy cells and nourishes blood cells, teeth, bones, and all connective tissue.
Self-care tips for tiredness in pregnancy
- Rest and sleep as much as you can.
- Delegate as much as you can.
- Take gentle exercise.
- Watch out for boredom as it can make you tired. Ensure you are getting enough physical, emotional and mental stimulation.
- Practice self-care. Take time to yourself to read a good book or magazine, book a massage or spend time with friends who make you laugh.
How to select a homeopathy remedy
Homeopathic remedies are gentle and safe for mother and baby during pregnancy and they can help your body heal itself without toxicity or side-effects.
To find out more details on how to prescribe first aid homeopathy remedies please see guidelines on selecting and administering first aid remedies.
If you are unsure what remedy best suits your needs, or for chronic or long standing issues it is always advisable to consult with a qualified homeopath.
Need help for tiredness in pregnancy or other ailments?
If you are struggling with tiredness or other ailments during your pregnancy and would like to find out if Homeopathy could help you, I’d be delighted to have a chat with you so please feel free to give me a call, Tel: 086 089 1037 (+353 86 0891037), send me an email or book a Free 15 Minute Consultation.
I practice in Dublin and offer Skype consultations worldwide.
Serious injury or illness should not be treated without expert advice, nor should the information we provide be seen as a replacement for a consultation with a trusted healthcare provider and General Practitioner. It is your responsibility to seek medical help and diagnosis when appropriate and seek medical help when needed.