Placenta Encapsulation | The Life of K: Placenta Encapsulation

Friday, March 25, 2011

Placenta Encapsulation

I first heard of placenta encapsulation on a blog I read, MODG. Then a friend mentioned that she knew some women who had done it and was quite happy. I started researching.

The idea is that the placenta is full of hormones, nutrients and iron and if you consume it after having your baby you will benefit. Humans are the only mammals that don't regularly eat the placenta, though it is normal in some cultures.

After you have a baby your body goes through a lot of changes. It goes from housing a little baby on the inside to having to provide for it on the outside. Hormone levels change, you lose a lot of blood and fluids, then you start producing milk, all of which can leave you feeling awful, mentally and physically.

After Baby J was born I was physically exhausted and sore, mentally drained and completely out of my element. It wasn't unusual for me to cry every day, sometimes over the pain of trying unsuccessfully to feed my baby and sometimes over nothing at all. The emotional roller coaster made dealing with a newborn tough. I was excited to find something that might help with this.

Enter placenta encapsulation. I hired a doula for this service. (A doula is a birth companion who provides support to the mother before, during and after birth.) The day Baby K was born the midwives examined my placenta (normal practice for all births) and put it in a container in our fridge. The doula collected the placenta and returned a couple days later with a jar of pills. The process is basically one of steaming, drying, grounding and encapsulating. The prescription: take two pills with breakfast and two with dinner.

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I am just about done taking the pills and I have to say that it was money well spent. I didn't experience the baby blues in any form. I was happy and emotionally stable and quite capable of dealing with my new baby. The only time I've cried since she was born was on the eighth day after about 7 hours of trying to get Baby K to eat and she was screaming and my nipples were cracked and bleeding and I was exhausted. I think anyone would cry in that situation.

The idea of ingesting something that came from you might not appeal to you. It didn't to me at first either, but I decided to try it out and I'm so glad I did. Once the placenta is in pill form it's like taking any other pill. After seeing and living the benefits first hand, J and I are telling everyone we know. If you are pregnant please do yourself a favour and research placenta encapsulation. Dealing with becoming a parent and being responsible for a new little baby is much easier when you're happy and if eating your placenta makes you happy, do it.

I'm very serious about the benefits of placenta encapsulation and would be more than happy to answer any questions anyone has. Please feel free to contact me.

3 comments:

  1. This is extemely cool and very intresting! It amazes me that you were able to get the placenta back in pill form, talk about convenience! I had never heard of this, although certainly I've heard of eating the placenta. I wonder what the nutritional composition is?

    Yeah I have questions! Thanks for sharing this, posts like this make it okay for women to talk about things, learn and share.

    I also love the jar you are storing them in, very apothecary :-)

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  2. I've never heard of this before. Perhaps it would have helpped my mood after having Clara. I was so exhausted with the three kids and emotional that perhaps it would have helpped balance me out a bit.

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  3. Wow. Talk about convenient and easy! It makes so much sense from an anthropological and biological perspective too.

    I'm so glad it's helping with these first weeks/months. They can indeed be tough times, so anything that helps is a great idea!

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