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Arnica tablets

(17 Posts)
Merlin Wed 02-Mar-05 16:49:20

When are you meant to start taking them?

beansprout Wed 02-Mar-05 16:51:27

When you go into labour will be fine. The trick is to remember!! I didn't (too much else going on) but started taking them the next day and they really, really helped (and I had a c-section so there was some healing to do!!!)

Good luck!!

nnosam Wed 02-Mar-05 16:51:30

as soon as you have had the baby. they do work, i tock them and was back on my feet the same day, had ds at 9.15am and was ok by mid-afternoon. really helped me.

leahbump Wed 02-Mar-05 16:52:52

I started in Labour...think it really helped the bruising afterwards too...esp as I had bad bruising where ever I had a needle, drip, epidural etc......grrrr

Merlin Wed 02-Mar-05 16:54:11

Thanks for the quick replies! Will pop them in my hospital bag and make sure DH gives them to me!!!

nnosam Wed 02-Mar-05 16:59:13

when you due?

Merlin Wed 02-Mar-05 17:13:18

9 April - although getting bit nervous cos DS was 3 weeks early!! Finally got round to buying a nightie today.

norash40 Wed 02-Mar-05 17:35:16

Some research has been inconclusive and they seem to suggest that these are no more than placebo. I had not heard of them before today. I think like anything else in life it may work for one individual and not for the next.

What do people think of them in here?

eidsvold Wed 02-Mar-05 21:44:41

I have had 2 c-sections and used Arnica for the second - did not know about it for no1. For no2 I healed quicker and was on light pain relief earlier than with no1. I am sure they helped along with the tea tree oil for my wound. I simply started taking them when I got back to my room.

motherpeculiar Thu 03-Mar-05 10:23:30

I use them a lot even outside of labour. I bruise quite easily and always notice the difference in scale,intensity, soreness if I haven't managed to take some arnica immediately after a knock. (I'm forever walking into things so I have a lot of experience )

Would definitely take them. Take the high potency for best healing after labour. 200C I think.

Good luck.

Prettybird Thu 03-Mar-05 10:35:25

I beleive they helped me.

My view is that even if it is just a placebo effect, who cares? - as long as it has had a positive effect!

Prufrock Thu 03-Mar-05 10:40:58

I use them all the time - and often on dd - who is far too young to benefit from a placebo effect. It's not actually the arnica that stops the bruising - it just stimulates the bodies own immune system to deal with it more effectively.

Vornsta Mon 07-Mar-05 15:38:23

anyone know how often you take the 200c tablets?

Lolasmum Wed 09-Mar-05 12:47:54

And is it Ok to breasfeed whilst taking them?

hotmama Wed 09-Mar-05 13:18:35

I believe it is O.K to breastfeed whilst taking arnica - I did.

I didn't start taking my arnica tablets until nearly a week after giving birth - but I did find them really helpful after a lovely forceps delivery etc.

Would also really recommend some of those gel packs that you put in the freezer and then insert into a disposable muslin wrap and put in your knickers - there were absolute bliss for the few weeks after the birth.

eidsvold Wed 09-Mar-05 22:29:12

breastfed whilst using arnica

bonym Fri 11-Mar-05 21:29:55

I used them after giving birth to dd and healed from episiotomy & stitches really quickly. I read somewhere recently that if you take them every hour in labour they can also help with the pain - don't know if this is true but I'm going to try anyway!

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