OK…placenta WHAT? Up until a few months ago, I had never in my life heard of placenta encapsulation. It all began over a long distance phone call with a close friend, who simply asked me (since we were having a pregnancy talk) “So are you going to encapsulate your placenta?” And so, farther down the rabbit hole I went…
Placentophagy, or consumption of the placenta, is apparently a fast rising practice that many moms are taking part in.
Any woman who has had a baby understands the beauty and importance of this awesome organ. The placenta supplies our baby with nutrients and oxygen, and is the only organ that will completely sacrifice itself for the health of an infant. It’s no wonder that it is often referred to as the “tree of life,” not only because of appearance, (umbilical cord is the trunk, and the veins act as the branches) but also because it is literally the lifeline to your baby! Loaded with minerals that we have been building up for nine months, it only makes sense that we should put this nourishment back into our bodies after the birth!
It has been noted that most mammals consume the placenta after birth, while humans typically toss it out. Which makes me wonder if women have unknowingly neglected an important step of the birthing process. For those that have ingested this organ, many report positive experiences, such as faster healing time and more energy.
In the postpartum period, this practice has been known to increase milk supply and balance hormones, which can help mothers who are at risk (or have had past experience) for postpartum depression or “baby blues.” Remember, 80% of mothers experience some sort of postpartum depression within the first few days, and by ingesting these wonderful nutrients, you will be setting yourself on the right track for a better recovery, resulting in a happier experience with your baby!
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Convinced yet? Personally, when I first heard about it, I honestly thought it was a bit strange. Yet after reading up on the subject and hearing positive feedback from women, I realized how much this could help during the recovery stages. If I can heal faster, feel energized, AND have an increase of happy vibes, why wouldn’t I? I feel like it would be a shame to let this go to waste lol. Oh, and for the record, encapsulating isn’t the only way to ingest this amazing organ. Some women cook it, blend it, or eat it raw. If you’re like me, and that sounds a little…overwhelming to say the least, luckily we can take the easy road and get it dehydrated and encapsulated.
If you are pregnant, please research the benefits and talk to your health care professional, and/or locate a placenta encapsulation specialist in your area!