When I was pregnant with my first child, I heard about placenta encapsulation. But I wasn’t quite sure about it.
Why the hell would I eat my placenta???
I mean, have you ever seen a placenta? It’s not the tastiest looking thing. I’ve included a pic of my placenta below.
But the benefits of this ancient practice stimulated my curiosity. So I decided to look into it for this pregnancy.
What is Placenta Encapsulation?
This is the process where your placenta is cleaned, streamed, dehydrated, grind, and placed into capsules for your to consume.
Why Eat the Placenta?
According to the literature my midwife gave me, here are some of the benefits of using the placenta as medicine postpartum:
- replenish and revitalize your energy
- supplement your emotional and physical reserves
- soothe emotional imbalances and mood swings (may help with postpartum depression)
- increase milk production
- decrease postpartum bleeding
- aid in the transition of the uterus to its prenatal state
Currently, there isn’t any scientific proof that ingesting the placenta is beneficial. However, we all know that just because science hasn’t gotten around to studying the placenta in this way, doesn’t mean it’s not beneficial. Science is just now recognizing the benefits of things like meditation and nutrition on disease management, but these forms of medicine have been around for thousands of years.
“Well-known author, herbalist, and midwife and doctor, Aviva Jll Romm, has recommended wise women use their placenta to hasten healing and resoration after birth for nearly 25 years here in the U.S.; and placenta medicine dates back centures in Traditional Chinese Medicine.” ~ Claudia Booker
My Personal Experience
I loved eating my placenta. The benefits have been amazing!
The week after I gave birth, I had tons of energy and felt very upbeat. I felt so good, my mother, midwife, and birth assistant had to keep reminding me to take it easy. “Your body is still healing!” They would say as I joyfully bounced up and down the stairs, picked up my two year old, and cleaned the house.
I couldn’t believe I was only a week postpartum.
My mood was well balanced. I did not experience postpartum depression at all. I actually didn’t experience it with my first child either, but I was nervous that the responsibility of a newborn and a toddler would overwhelm me. However, my placenta pills kept me feeling balanced and in control.
Some added benefits are my skin looks great and my hair has been growing like crazy. I’ve seen “placenta” listed in some hair care products before so this was not unusual to me.
And I’m not sure this is related to the placenta pills, but I lost 30 lbs. in the first month postpartum. I only have 10 lbs. left to lose to return to my pre-pregnancy weight!
If we have more children, I’ll definitely do this again. Although next time, I’ll save a portion of my placenta to use smoothie I’ll drink immediately after giving birth and encapsulate the rest.
The supplements don’t taste bad, but they do have an interesting smell. However, you can’t smell them unless you put your nose up close to them. Right now, I take 2 a day — one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Some days I take more if I know I’m going to be busy and need more energy.
If you live in the D.C. area, check out Claudia Booker at Birthing Hands DC. She’s a great midwife and birthing assistant. When I first met her, she was returning to Washington, D.C. from birthing babies in Bali. In addition to helping bring my little one into the world, she also encapsulated my placenta. She’s awesome!
Find out more on her website.