Placenta encapsulation has become more common in recent years as more women choose to keep their placenta following birth. But what is it, exactly? How does it work? And should you consider doing it yourself? Keep reading to learn more about placenta encapsulation and whether or not you should try this new trend!
What is placenta encapsulation?
Placenta encapsulation is a process where the placenta is steamed, dried and ground into a powder. This can be used to help balance hormones post-partum, as well as help ward off post-partum depression. The benefits of this practice have been debated in both traditional and modern medicine, but recent research has shown that there are some benefits to this practice. For example, it has been found that the consumption of placenta may lead to a decrease in post-partum depression symptoms in new mothers. In addition, it was also found that the consumption of placenta can lead to an increase in maternal levels of progesterone and estrogen which can help with hormonal imbalances post-birth.
What are the benefits of placenta encapsulation?
One of the benefits of placenta encapsulation is that it provides you with an energy boost. A placenta contains a high level of iron, which is essential for the production of red blood cells. Iron deficiency can lead to a number of health problems, and those suffering from this deficiency may find relief from a placenta encapsulation process. Plus, because the placenta is rich in nutrients such as vitamins B6 and B12, folate, and magnesium, this process has been found to be helpful for those who are experiencing postpartum depression or mood swings caused by perinatal depression. If you’re experiencing these symptoms, then talk to your doctor about whether or not you would be a good candidate for placenta encapsulation.
Are there any risks associated with placenta encapsulation?
The placenta is the organ that develops and provides sustenance to a fetus during pregnancy. Some people believe that ingesting the encapsulated placenta, or placentophagy, helps with postpartum depression, boosts milk production, and combats post-partum fatigue. But there are no studies to support these claims. Plus, ingestion of any human tissue can be risky because it may contain infectious organisms or toxins. The risks of complications from toxic shock syndrome (TSS) following placenta encapsulation are not yet known but considering the risk for TSS is about 1 in 100,000 for vaginal delivery and up to 1 in 20 for cesarean delivery it’s worth being aware of the potential risks before deciding whether you want to do this.
How do you encapsulate a placenta?
There are many ways to encapsulate a placenta. As long as the placenta is organic and whole, you can use your preferred method. Some methods for encapsulation include boiling, dehydrating, and grinding up the placenta then cooking it with other ingredients. The most common method is by using dry ice or liquid nitrogen to freeze the placenta until it’s stiff as a board. This allows for easy slicing into thin sheets which are placed on a cookie sheet and flash-frozen until solid. The frozen sheets can then be ground into powder or made into pills with a pill-making machine.
What do placenta capsules taste like?
The placenta capsules I got were in a little green jar, and the taste was surprisingly pleasant. The capsules themselves are thicker than most pills, and they have a slightly sweet taste. They don’t have any odor at all, which is nice because it means that you can take them on-the-go without having to worry about what other people will think if they smell something funky coming from your mouth. The consistency is different too; there’s a slight crunch when you chew them up. Overall, I’m really pleased with how the capsules turned out!
Where can I get placenta encapsulation done?
If you’re looking for a placenta encapsulation service, there are a few options. You can find them in your area by calling around to local midwives, doulas or even hospitals. You could also look up local services online. The most important thing to remember when looking for a service is to make sure they are reputable and have lots of good reviews.
But before you start the search, there are a few things you should know about placenta encapsulation: what it entails, why it is done and the benefits that come with it.
The process of encapsulation starts with taking the afterbirth (or placenta) and steaming it.