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The Growing Trend of Placenta Encapsulation

There is a growing trend in the United States that has some people wondering if new mothers have completely flipped their kids.

That growing trend is placenta encapsulation.

More and more women across the United States are choosing to make it a part of their postpartum wellness plan and they are RAVING about it.

Does this mean that one has to consume their new placenta raw or in a smoothie?

No.

Does this mean that I have to fry a placenta in a pan?

Nope.

It is just super “crunchy” moms that do this, right?

Nope, women from ALL walks of life do it.

So, what is it exactly?

Placenta encapsulation is the practice of ingesting the placenta after it has been steamed, dehydrated, ground, and placed into pills. Traditionally, this is taken by the mother and is believed to impart numerous health benefits.  It is frequently taken shortly after giving birth, during a woman’s menstrual period, or during menopause with the belief that it helps counter some of the symptoms of menopause.
But what are the benefits of placenta encapsulation?
Currently, there are not a lot of scientific studies done to support the benefits of placenta encapsulation; however, there is countless anecdotal evidence.
Some of the benefits may be:
  • It can significantly decrease postpartum bleeding
  • It helps your uterus return to it’s pre-pregnancy size within a couple of weeks
  • It enriches your milk supply
  • It smooths out the postpartum hormonal “crash”
  • It may prevent or reduce postpartum depression, naturally and safely

The placenta was made by your body, and is therefore able to specifically address your hormonal and physical needs after giving birth.

Science shows: “The placenta is composed of beneficial hormones, chemicals, iron, and proteins. These healing substances include:

Estrogen, Progesterone, Testosterone: Contributes to mammary gland development in preparation for lactation; stabilizes postpartum mood; regulates post-birth uterine cramping.

Prolactin: Promotes lactation; increases milk supply; enhances the mothering instinct.

Oxytocin: Decreases pain and increases bonding in mother and infant; counteracts the production of stress hormones such as Cortisol; greatly reduces postpartum bleeding; enhances the breastfeeding let-down reflex.

Placental Opioid-Enhancing Factor (POEF): Stimulates the production of your body’s natural opioids, including endorphins; reduces pain; increases well-being.

Thyroid Stimulating Hormone: Regulates the thyroid gland; boosts energy.

Corticotropin Releasing Hormone (CRH): Regulation of CRH helps prevent depression.

Cortisone: Reduces inflammation and swelling; promotes healing.

Interferon: Triggers the protective defenses of the immune system to fight infection.

Prostaglandins: Regulates contractions in the uterus after birth; helps uterus return to its pre-pregnancy size.

Iron: Replenishes maternal iron stores to combat anemia. Increases energy; decreases fatigue and depression.

Hemoglobin: Oxygen-carrying molecule which provides a boost in energy.

Urokinase Inhibiting Factor and Factor XIII: stops bleeding and enhances wound healing.

Immunoglobulin G (IgG): Antibody molecules which support the immune system.

Human Placental Lactogen (hPL): This hormone has lactogenic and growth-promoting properties; promotes mammary gland growth in preparation for lactation in the mother. It also regulates maternal glucose, protein, and fat levels. ”

In the 9 years that I have been doing placenta encapsulation, I have received countless positive feedback from women. It has been referred to as, “The Magic Pill,” “Placenta Crack,” “Postpartum Lifesaver,” “Mommy’s Magic Medicine,” and “Placenta Espresso.”

Regardless of the nicknames, the most important part for me is being able to offer placenta encapsulation as a postpartum support option.

It is not for everyone, but it is nice to have it as an option for those that want to try it.

Becky Hines LM, CPM
Becky is a Licensed Midwife with Dallas Birth.
She is also a Certified Placenta Encapsulation Specialist.
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