When you envision a placenta what is the first thing that comes to mind? Possibly the imperative connection to a growing fetus, the location of the placenta in your uterus, or maybe even the delivery of the placenta. However, what should come to mind are the benefits that the placenta has to offer, not only during pregnancy but after as well. During pregnancy, the placenta and attached umbilical cord connect mama and baby and allows baby to develop and thrive. During the entire nine months of pregnancy the placenta transfers nutrients and oxygen to the baby and also removes waste from the baby’s blood. Now imagine the buildup of placental contents such as protein, fat, minerals and hormones the placenta has transferred over that nine month period. These contents are often thrown away in a biohazard waste bin when they could be utilized once more, this time to nourish its creator, the mama.
Placenta Encapsulation has been practiced for decades in order to help sustain a mother after birth. Placenta Encapsulation is the practice of utilizing your placenta after birth, the placenta is placed in a dehydrator for 12-16 hrs, grounded up, and placed into capsules for the mother to ingest. There are countless testimonials of mothers who have consumed their placentas and noticed an immense difference in their energy levels, emotional state, occurrence of postpartum mental health disorders and overall well-being. The explanation for these results lies in the placental contents, due to the mass amounts of protein, minerals, and hormones in the placenta when ingested there is believed to be a surge of Oxytocin, Corticotropin-Releasing Hormone (CRH), and Iron.
Oxytocin is the lover of all hormones, and can create feelings of happiness and affection after birth. Oxytocin also plays a role in uterine contraction, therefore, it aids in returning the uterus to normal shape after birth. Another benefit of this amazing hormone is milk production, mothers who ingest their placenta have been found to have less difficulty producing milk. CRH is a stress reducing hormone, the placental release of this hormone could aid in the stressful period following birth. Lastly, because Iron Deficiency Anemia affects roughly 52% of pregnant women, the reported increase in energy levels could be related to the large amounts of iron restored to the mother by the placenta.
According to a study not all placentas are created equal. There are differing amounts of nutrients in the placenta dependent on the baby’s gender. However, the placenta of both genders still supplies more nutrients than no placenta at all. The adverse side effects of placenta encapsulation include feeling shaky or jittery after consumption and possible nausea, if either occurs it is recommended to consume the capsules with food.