Placenta Encapsulation is the method of preserving and preparing the placenta for consumption. The placenta is preserved through dehydration, then ground to a powder and put into capsules for easy and convenient use by the mother. This method provides a simple way to supplement the newly postpartum body with some of the hormones that are known to drop potentially leading to women experiencing the “baby blues” and in some cases postpartum depression. It is believed that consuming the placenta (Placentophagy) in this manner afterbirth can help to bridge the hormonal gap in the postpartum.
What are the benefits of Placentophagy?
- Increased energy levels
- Re-balancing of your hormones
- Replenishes depleted iron levels
- Reduces post-natal bleeding (lochia)
- Assists with involution of the uterus
- Enhances healing
- Increases milk production
- Rich nutritional source
- Lower rates of ‘baby blues’
- Reduced risk of postpartum depression
- Faster recovery
- Decreased anemia
- Decreased fatigue
- An increased sense of well-being
- A more enjoyable post-natal experience
What’s in the placenta that’s providing these benefits?
Prolactin: promotes lactation
Oxytocin: for pain relief and bonding of mother and infant
Cortisone: combats stress and unlocks energy stores
Interferon: stimulates the immune system to protect against infections
Hemoglobin: replenishes iron deficiency and anemia, a common postpartum condition
Gammaglobulin: immune booster that helps protect against postpartum infections
Thyroid stimulating hormone: boosts energy and helps recovery from stressful events
Gonadotrophin: the precursor to estrogen, progesterone and testosterone
Urokinase inhibiting factor and factor XIII: stops bleeding and enhances wound healing
Human Placental Lactogen (HPL): stimulates mammary gland function and milk production
Placental Opioid–Enhancing Factor (POEF): stimulates the production of your body’s natural opioids, including endorphins, reduces pain, increases well-being
Does anyone ever experience negative side effects?
Very rarely I’ve had clients experience negative side effects but it’s almost always (except once) been easily resolved……
Twice now (out of nearly 100 placentas), I’ve had clients experience a slight headache when they took the initial suggested dosage. In both cases, the women simply adjusted the dosage by cutting it in half and they no longer had any issue.
I’ve only once had a new mom get a stomach ache if she took her capsules on an empty tummy – obviously easily resolvable.
And in one other very rare case, the woman had been quite ill throughout her entire pregnancy and she when she took any amount of her capsules she would feel ill again. Sadly, she was able to benefit from her capsules.
What would cause a placenta to be unsuitable for consumption?
I don’t recommend encapsulation for women who have HIV. Infection is also a contraindication. In rare situations your care provider may want to send your placenta to the pathology lab for examination. If your placenta needs to be examined by a Pathologist you can give them permission to take only a few (or several) small slivers from the placenta and leave the rest intact, clean and secure from cross-contamination, chemicals or preserves of any kind should never come into contact with your placenta. Refrigerate it within 3 hrs afterbirth! If the results will take more then 72 hrs to receive then you should freeze your placenta, wait for the results and then encapsulate if your placenta is deemed safe for consumption.
How many capsules will my placenta make and how do take them?
Every placenta is unique in size and weight. The chosen method of preparation will affect the mass of the placenta and so the capsule yield will also be affected. Most placentas yield about 150+ capsules. The smallest placenta I’ve done to date yielded 92 capsules and my whopper record setting placenta yielded 316 capsules, 1 Mother Tincture and a Placenta Salve. Woo-who that was a big one!
When your placenta is returned to you in capsules you will receive instructions on dosage, contraindications and care of your capsules.
Thank you and much love!!
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