A few days ago I shared on my Instagram stories that I was planning on keeping my placenta. I was inundated with messages asking what I was planning to do with it so I thought I would write a blog post on my plans for it.
I have decided to have my placenta encapsulated, so that I can take these after birth .
There are some people that will read this and think gross she’s going to eat that, but have a read below and you never know this could be something for you.
First let’s take a look at the placenta:
The placenta is an organ that develops in your uterus during pregnancy. This structure provides oxygen and nutrients to your growing baby and removes waste products from your baby’s blood.
The placenta produces hormones that help your baby grow and develop. The placenta also gives some protection against infection for your baby while it’s in the womb, protecting it against most bacteria
It is thought that the mammalian placenta was made to be consumed and make up for the the blood loss you suffer during birth by giving the new mother essential fats, proteins, vast amounts of iron and essential hormones to heal wounds and aid the body in self recovery after birth.
Research and testimonials from women who have consumed their placenta after birth has shown that they have;
⁃ Increased energy levels
⁃ Increased milk production
⁃ Reduced postpartum bleeding
⁃ Reduced baby blues
It also Provides essential nutrients and hormones. The Placenta is rich in Iron, B6, Vitamins A, D, K and E, hormones and stem cells.
With all these benefits who wouldn’t want to try it! I actually wanted to try this before with my first pregnancy, but didn’t get round to it. In recent years there has been a rise in celebs talking about eating their placenta, which has really raised the profile.
There are also several different remedies that can be made from the placenta. These are;
Raw Placenta Smoothie
A small amount is combined with fruit and water. This is a popular option for people wanting to have their products straight away at home. Mothers often report that this encourages their milk to come in really quickly. The smoothie tastes nothing like placenta and more like a berry smoothie 🙂
The placenta is washed throughly, depending on which method you choose (there are two; simple method and traditional Chinese method) the placenta is either dehydrated only or steamed and dehydrated. It is then ground into a powder and put into capsules.
Both TCM and the simple method are great and have different benefits.
Think about what you would like to gain after birth, a sense of calm or increased energy? Or both !!
Both methods of placenta encapsulation will benefit you in a number of ways!
Many women (including me 😊) choose to have 50/50. Half TCM, half simple.
The placenta is steeped in alcohol making a strong remedy over 6 weeks, this is great for mental and psychological instability and can be great at treating future PMS.
Placenta Balm & Cream
The placenta is infused with other other oils and creams. They can be used for nappy rash, sore nipples and skin problems.
Where to go?
There are several companies and individuals that now offer placenta remedy services.
I decided to go with an independent specialist who is based near me, she is registered with the Placenta Remedies Network. You can go on their website and find a specialist near you 🙂
There are also a few others I found which seemed good, I have listed these below.
What you will need?
Now your placenta needs to be checked by your midwife when you deliver it to make sure it’s all healthy. It then needs to be transferred to a clean zip lock type sandwich bag and then into a water tight container. This will then need to be transferred to a fridge or cold cool bag within 30 mins. You will then normally contact your specialist who will collect as soon as possible.
Luckily Chelsea and Westminster have a special placenta fridge, so keeping it cool won’t be a problem.
Most hospitals don’t, so you will need a cool bag and ice packs to keep it cold until your specialist collects it.
I brought a cool bag, sandwich bags, a container and ice packs all from Asda! 😊
The cost of having your placenta encapsulated can become quite costly. Each specialist will vary but on average I’ve found it’s around £250. However if you are using a specialist outside London they will charge you for a courier service which can add an extra £100+ onto the cost. I would recommend finding one near you to keep the cost down.
The process is a tad pricey, but to me it sounds so worth it!!
Obviously I haven’t taken the capsules yet, however I wanted to do an in depth blog post to give you all an idea of what it was about.
I’m super excited to try mine and I will be keeping you all posted on my progress with them and doing another blog post once I’ve finished the capsules 😊😊