It’s a fact that many conventional drugs, both prescription
and OTC, can be harmful to a baby if consumed by the mother during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. In fact, it’s always a good idea when
pregnant, thinking about becoming pregnant, or breastfeeding, to talk with your
doctor about any medications you are taking or thinking about taking.
A question I often get is “Is it safe for me to use
homeopathic remedies during these times?”
My answer is always an emphatic “YES!”
Homeopathic remedies are not only effective options for
treating women with conditions like morning sickness, indigestion,
constipation, allergies, insomnia and more – they're also very gentle and extremely
Two hundred years of clinical use during pregnancy (and at
all other times) has convincingly demonstrated their safety. In fact, homeopathic medicine has a record
for safety that is unparalleled in
the history of medicine.
It’s also worth noting that the manufacturing of homeopathic
remedies is regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). They are prepared by licensed companies like
Washington Homeopathic Products using strict guidelines of the Homeopathic
Pharmacopoeia of the United States (HPUS), and the current Good Manufacturing
Practices (cGMP) of the FDA. Nearly
all homeopathic medicines are available over the counter without a
Another thing to remember – homeopathy is not herbal medicine.
The two systems are entirely different and use medicines that are
prepared and prescribed very differently.
Homeopathy is used successfully by hundreds of thousands of
physicians and over 500 million consumers worldwide. In countries like France, 94% of their
pharmacists recommend homeopathic remedies to their pregnant customers.
Pregnancy and mothering a new baby are exciting and often
complicated times. It’s good to know
there are effective and safe medicinal options available to moms should the need
arise. Homeopathy is truly a gift to
A final bit of advice… it is always
advisable to discuss the use of any medicine, including homeopathy, during
pregnancy or when nursing, with your licensed practitioner. And, as with any medical condition, consult
with your physician if you have any
concerns about the severity of a medical problem as it may first require
medical diagnosis and/or intervention and
If you have additional questions about using homeopathy
during pregnancy or with your children, Washington Homeopathic Products offers several books that are terrific resources! You may find them here.
About Dr. Lisa Samet:
Dr. Lisa Samet N.D. provides Washington Homeopathic Products with a weekly column on using homeopathy for the family. She's a naturopathic physician who specializes in homeopathic medicine and she's a partner with Dr. Andre Saine N.D. She is perhaps best known as a guest expert on homeopathy used by Dr. Mehmet Oz M.D. on the popular TV program - the Dr. Oz Show. Dr. Samet graduated from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in 1998 and has been practicing in Montreal since then. She was born and raised in New York.
Dr. Samet has chosen to focus on homeopathy because in her experience it is the deepest healing modality available in that it does not just soothe or palliate symptoms but can actually stimulate the body to start to heal itself. Dr. Samet sees patients in her Montreal office as well as long distance using Skype. Learn more here: Dr. Lisa Samet. You can follow her on Facebook as well.