Thinking placenta encapsulation is just a new age trend? History might just prove you wrong. Documentation dates back to 1902 when scholars have had theoretical discussions of placentas as postpartum medicine in published medical journals. What exactly is placenta encapsulation? Great question! It is the process of dehydrating and grinding up the placenta into a powder that can be ingested into a pill form that can be taken as dietary supplements following childbirth. These benefits include increased energy levels, a faster postpartum recovery, and a decrease in postpartum depression to just name a few. Many women choose to have their placenta encapsulated as a way to support their postpartum health and recovery, while others see it as an important part of celebrating the transformative experience of giving birth.
How It Works
Placenta encapsulation is a straightforward process. After the placenta is delivered, it is cleaned and then placed into a dehydrator. Once it is dried, it is ground into a fine powder and put into capsules.
The Science Behind It
It may seem like something that would be more at home in Ancient Chinese Medicine than in modern Western medicine, but there is actually a fair amount of science to support the efficacy of placenta encapsulation. The placenta is rich in nutrients like iron and vitamin B6, which can help to combat some of the common side effects of childbirth like fatigue and anemia. In addition, the placenta contains high levels of oxytocin—sometimes referred to as the "love hormone"—which can help to promote bonding between mother and child and aid in milk production.
Exploring the Benefits
Helps to Balance Hormones: One of the main benefits of placenta encapsulation is that it helps to balance hormones. The placenta contains high levels of progesterone and estrogen, which can help to regulate a woman’s hormone levels after giving birth. These hormones can also help with postpartum depression, anxiety, and mood swings.
Increases Energy Levels: Another benefit of consuming your placenta is that it can help to increase your energy levels. After giving birth, many women feel exhausted and depleted. The placenta's nutrients can help combat fatigue and give you the energy you need to take care of your new baby.
Aids in Lactation: Besides helping with energy levels, consuming your placenta can also aid in lactation. The hormone oxytocin, which is present in the placenta, helps with milk production. So, if you’re struggling with a low milk supply, placenta encapsulation may be able to help increase your production.
Reduces Postpartum Bleeding: One final benefit of placenta encapsulation is that it can help to reduce postpartum bleeding. The nutrients in the placenta can help your uterus contract, which aids in the healing process and reduces blood loss.
Interested in learning more about the placenta encapsulation process? We are here to help! Whatever your reasons for seeking out this unique service, there is no doubt that placenta encapsulation offers a one-of-a-kind opportunity for growth and empowerment during the postpartum period. We offer many unique services that capture all the benefits of your placenta. Explore them or reach out to us for an intimate chat about how we can help you with all of your perinatal care.