Those of you who know me are asking how placenta consumption hasn’t been covered already.
Those of you who don’t know me:
Placentas are cool. Like, seriously freakin’ cool. This neato organ develops and grows with a baby in utero. It acts as a nutrient deliverer, toxin remover, immune building lifeline for the developing fetus. Plus, it’s edible.
It’s literally all that and a bag of placenta chips (if you choose to go down that route, of course).
Okay, I’ve now made two inferences to consuming this amazing body part. You’re probably wondering WTF?!
Fair enough, but let me explain.
Health benefits of consuming your placenta:
-decreased potential of postpartum depression
-assists in healing from birth
-increase in energy
This is a highly debated subject amongst Western and Chinese cultures. Traditional Chinese medicine has been practicing placenta consumption for hundreds of years and believe it has many benefits. Most Western medicine practitioners, however, tend to be more skeptical and doesn’t promote it often. Most of the information surrounding the efficacy of it is anecdotal in Western society. I suggest you do your research, but keep an open mind. There isn’t hard, scientific fact surrounding placenta consumption so you have to make your own conclusion on the matter. My opinion is that it worked for me, and I would suggest it for most women who have just given birth!
Personally, I’ve done it after three births. I experienced most of the noted benefits, although I did experience post-partum depression with my third and fourth babies (keep in mind that I’ve also struggled with anxiety and depression for many years-so post-partum depression was probably inevitable to some degree).
My experiences were amazing and I have no regrets except one: Finding out about the possibility of placenta truffles after I decided our fourth would be our last baby!
Ways to consume your placenta:
-added to a meal (maybe don’t disclose to anyone who’s eating at your house that you’ve done this before)
I opted for encapsulation each time. The placenta gets sliced, dehydrated, and ground up. Then, the powder gets put into capsules. You can definitely do this yourself, but I arranged with a doula while I was pregnant to have her do all the hard work. I figured I’d done enough hard work and didn’t need to add any more pressure on myself. Before my placenta was taken to my lovely doula I snagged a small piece of raw placenta to add to a smoothie while I waited for my capsules. I added enough delicious berries and yogurt to not taste a single bit of that placenta.
**Note: Nobody wants a sip of your placenta smoothie. Don’t offer.
When she brought back my 2 month supply of pills I was thrilled! I took them faithfully every day and was happy with the results.
Don’t delay; call your local doula today-only if you’re pregnant, though. Otherwise there isn’t a whole lot they can offer you.
Have you experienced placenta consumption? Tell me how you did it!