Consuming the placenta has been found to be beneficial in the postpartum period to help alleviate postpartum hormone fluctuations (aka "baby blues"), increase milk supply, and reduce postpartum bleeding. More and more women are choosing to ingest their placentas to take advantage of these benefits, and you can read about other benefits of "placentophagy" HERE.
Did You Just Insinuate, “Placenta” and, “Eat” in the Same Sentence?
Why, yes. Yes, I did. When we first heard about it, both Bruss and I were completely grossed out and questioning if the natural birth community had finally gone off the deep end. After doing more research and deciding we wanted to give it a try with our fourth placenta, we both came to the same conclusion: we had wasted three perfectly good placentas. We encourage our students to do their reading and decide if it would work for them (see the end of this post for my resource list).
I have written about placenta encapsulation before HERE and HERE. Since I wrote those posts, I have gotten questions via email and from our students.
How is the placenta prepared for consumption?
There are two ways to prepare a placenta for consumption, raw and Traditional Chinese Medicine. For a good outline of the differences and similarities, read THIS post written by Jules Moon. Here is a quick summary:
What is a placenta tincture?
Info from IPEN:
Placenta Tincture is made from a piece of the mother’s own raw placenta after birth, steeping in alcohol making a strong remedy over 6 weeks. It is said that placenta tincture is used for emotional, mental and psychological instability and may also be very beneficial for treating PMS and menopause.
Read more HERE
Can I take my placenta pills with subsequent pregnancies to help with morning sickness?
Answered with the help of Amanda Jaramillo and Amanda Santana:
The answer is, “No”. There are a couple of concerns. One is that it could disrupt normal pregnancy hormones by adding additional hormones from the placenta. The other is that placenta pills aid in contracting the uterus for.
Neither of these possibilities is desirable during pregnancy. Consuming your placenta during the postpartum period aids in body processes that could lead to pregnancy loss if taken while pregnant.
The “safest” option for easing the symptoms of morning sickness seems to be herbal teas. A good choice might be finding an herbalist that is knowledgeable about pregnancy. Sometimes they can do more personalization than an over-the-counter product. If not, most people find that the Earth Mama Angel Baby Morning Wellness Tea is a pretty green & clean option.
What are your thoughts on Placentophagy?
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Local Resources in Arizona:
Placenta Encapsulators I know personally:
RAW placenta preparation: Amanda Jaramillo – Heaven Sent PES http://www.placentaencapsulationaz.com/Home_Page.html
TCM placenta preparation: Trent Newell – Placenta Benefits.info http://placentabenefits.info/TrentNewell.asp
Herbalists for Pregnancy and Postpartum:
Healing Earth Botanicals offers teas for pregnancy, birth, postpartum & beyond, salves, bath blends, compresses, hydrosols, Super Green & more, along with custom blends.
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