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, sleeplessness and more – they're also very gentle and extremely safe.
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 very carefully regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). They are prepared by licensed companies like Washington Homeopathic Products using the stringent 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 prescription.
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 humankind.
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 monitoring.
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 regular 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. 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.