Updated: Apr 7
I'm sure the majority have you heard about some weird Kardashian sister making placenta smoothies and feeding them to her family, but it’s not completely crazy. I’m not recommending making a smoothie with your placenta (however, you totally could), but I highly encourage you to consider placenta encapsulation. You can actually look up placenta recipes, and of course Tom Cruise and Matthew McConaughey have something to say on the matter.
Let me be totally honest, the first time I heard about this was when a friend of mine had another friend who was pregnant and she was talking about having a lotus birth. After I heard about this, I found myself Googling away and landed on some really good information about placenta encapsulation. At my next checkup I asked my doctor about it, and she had no concerns. Fast forward to our childbirth prep class and placenta encapsulation got brought up, now I was really intrigued.
I can speak as a mom who had her placenta encapsulated... TWICE! It was a game changer for me.. Compared to other moms around me I felt and appeared to have more energy than them, and my milk supply has always been great. It gave me energy on those tough days after a night full of cluster feeding, and even helped my husband out on nights where his sleep was heavily affected by a frequently waking newborn.
1. Reduction in bleeding post-birth
2. Interferon stimulates the immune system and protects against infections
3. Helps milk come in quicker and stronger. There is prolactin in the placenta which helps promote lactation
4. Balances mommas hormones. Replenishes iron. Reduces stress levels. Cortisone helps combat stress and unlocks energy.
5. Helps prevent postpartum depression. Oxytocin is found in the placenta which helps pain and bonding.
6. Increases energy. Thyroid stimulating hormones that boost energy and help stress
Let’s break it down this way, when you give birth, you go from the highest level of hormones you’ve ever had in your body to the lowest, how would that not have an effect on us? Why not combat that with a natural option if we can? As always, we were a little skeptical but it wouldn’t hurt anything to give it a try.
How to Encapsulate?
Don't DIY! We recommend hiring a placenta encapsulator who is local to you. They'll pick up your placenta at your birth place, encapsulate it for you, and deliver to your home 2-3 days postpartum.
If you are local to the Twin Cities then we can’t recommend Ariel of Birth Twin Cities enough to encapsulate your placenta!
Did you have your placenta encapsulated? What did you think?