With pregnancy, there are so many decisions to be made:
What’s this kid’s name going to be?
How will we decorate the nursery?
Will I stay home or go back to work?
When I first got pregnant, Huff the Hubs and I were really overwhelmed with all the questions we were bombarded with. Thankfully, we’re on the same page with 99.9% of everything and what we don’t agree on, we seem to work out quickly.
Saturday, we went to the Baby Expo that was held out at the fairgrounds. We got some great information and even learned a thing or two. Before we left, I caught sight of a booth that I was SUPER excited about. The booth’s subject matter?
What is placenta encapsulation you ask? I’ll tell you!
Placenta encapsulation is a process in which, immediately following the birth of your baby, your placenta is dehydrated and ground into a course powder, which is then placed into small capsules that look exactly just like any other vitamin or supplement we might take. Mothers then consume these capsules to help them rebound from the birth, avoid postpartum blues, and boost their milk supply.
Yes, you read that right. You keep your baby’s placenta and give it to a registered nurse, midwife, or doula and they prep your placenta for encapsulation.
And yes, I’m seriously considering doing it. Why? I’ll tell you that too!
Last year, Huff the Hubs and I saw a local news story about a woman that did placenta encapsulation. She had recently given birth to her fourth child and heard about placenta encapsulation from someone in her child birth class. At first she thought it was gross, but decided to give it try. The benefits were evident soon after she started taking the supplements. Her breast milk supply increased, she had energy, and unlike the recovery with her other children, she had ZERO postpartum depression symptoms.
The benefits of placenta encapsulation, to me, outweigh the “gross factor”:
- Help to balance your hormones
- Replenish depleted iron levels
- Assist the uterus to return to its pre-pregnancy state
- Reduce post-natal bleeding
- Increase milk production – this has been proven in a study
- Make for a happier, more enjoyable post-natal period
- Increase your energy levels
I know not everyone will agree with me and that’s fine! To be honest, Huff the Hubs was on board long before I was. But for a girl that’s struggled with depression/anxiety for years, the thought of being able to help ward off “Baby Blues” or post-partum depression is more reason than enough for me to try this out.
Here’s a link to a blog where a woman documented her experience with placenta encapsulation.
What do you think?