Pregnancy’s Pain Reliever: Oxytocin
While pregnant, the body does an amazing thing: It naturally produces a hormone called oxytocin. Studies have determined that oxytocin relieves deep tissue pain, balances certain emotions, and also gives the body the energy it needs during labor1.
However, following labor, this hormone becomes increasingly limited and no longer has the same potency or effects. As a result, new moms might need a different natural boost to get them through potential aches and pains felt postpartum.
How Arnica Can Help Postpartum*
Tutti Gould, a 30-year health professional and homeopath, explains that “Arnica is most effective for symptoms related to traumas or injuries, including overexertion.” Thus, midwives will recommend homeopathic arnica for symptoms of “postpartum bruising, slight swelling, and residual pain from the muscle strain that occurs during labor and childbirth.” Arnica can also help with backache or physical fatigue.
Gould concludes, “Arnica has a way of making the body feel restored and providing a sense of more stamina.” Following an exhausting labor, it can be “rejuvenating!”
*Consult your doctor before using arnica or any other new medication if pregnant or breastfeeding. The information in this article pertains only to homeopathic arnica, and does not apply to herbal arnica or other medicinal forms.