How May Placenta Consumption Help Me?
- Increase general energy
- Allow a quicker return to health after birth
- Increase production of breast milk
- Decrease likelihood of baby blues and post natal depression
- Decrease likelihood of iron deficiency
- Decrease likelihood of insomnia or sleep disorders
Placenta Encapsulation is the process of preparing the mother’s placenta after the birth of her baby by dehydrating, powdering and placing it into capsules for the mother to ingest.
[mantra-pullquote align=”right” textalign=”left” width=”33%”]Not sure that you want to have your placenta encapsulated? May we suggest taking your placenta home anyhow and freezing it? This will preserve your placenta should you decide you would like to have it encapsulated at a later date. Please make sure to keep it on ice or in the refridgerator within three hours after birth. Frozen placenta needs to be carefully thawed prior to processing, so it may take a bit longer for your encapsulation service to be completed. This is a great option for families that are unsure that they would like their placenta encapsulated, but want to have the option if they chose to have the service done at a later date.[/mantra-pullquote]
- Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) – In this method, your placenta will be steamed with ginger and lemon before dehydrating. This is to enhance its warming properties and help your body use the beneficial properties of the placenta in a deeper way. This method also kills any bacteria and reduces risk of spoilage.
- Raw Dehydrated Method – this method involves slicing the placenta while fresh and raw and dehydrating it immediately. Women who choose this method consistently report increased energy as one of the benefits. It is widely held that the hormones are more likely to be bioavailable when the placenta is processed raw. Some say that raw dehydrated pills will not stay potent for as long as TCM pills for using during menopause.
- You may choose to have part of your placenta’s maternal side sliced for immediate raw consumption. Women who ingest some placenta raw, often in tea or a smoothie, report less postpartum bleeding and a faster milk supply.
(from ‘placenta’ + Greek φαγειν, to eat; also referred to as placentophagia) is the act of mammals eating the placenta of their young after childbirth.
The placenta contains high levels of prostaglandin which stimulates involution (an inward curvature or penetration, or, a shrinking or return to a former size) of the uterus, in effect cleaning the uterus out. The placenta also contains small amounts of oxytocin which eases birth stress and causes the smooth muscles around the mammary cells to contract and eject milk.
How Does It Work?
“…it is possible that placenta capsules would benefit the new mother during the postpartum period of re-balancing her hormones and returning her endocrine system to homeostasis. Placenta “contains orally active substances which modify blood levels of pituitary and ovarian hormones” (Fertil) and I imagine that, if ingested, the active substances would combat the sudden decrease and provide for a gradual re-balancing of the hormones in the body instead of the immediate and simultaneous drop that occurs after the birth of the placenta. For example, hormones such as estrogen and progestrerone, CRH and cortisol are produced by the placenta during the pregnancy, and when the placenta is born, the mother experiences an extreme drop in their presence. Consuming placenta capsules during the postpartum period would make the drop in hormone levels less rapid and severe, thus prevent the circumstances which might promote the development of postpartum depression.”
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Read More about Placenta Encapsulation
What’s The Deal with Placenta Encapsulation? – The Feminist Breeder
Placenta Benefits Home – PlacentaBenefits.info
The Benefits of Placenta Encapsulation for Postpartum Healing – Passionate Homemaking
Why I chose Placenta Encapsulation – Mother’s Own
Research Studies Supporting Placenta Encapsulation – PlacentaWise.com