Sweet Things 4 Life
Sharing our journey toward a more natural, simple, healthful lifestyle.
I’m sure everyone thought I was crazy when I first started talking about having my placenta encapsulated. Although it’s incredibly common in the animal kingdom, as well as other cultures, to ingest the placenta after giving birth, it’s incredibly uncommon in our culture.
Just like everything else with our pregnancy and delivery I did tons of research on placenta encapsulation and the benefits. As with other homeopathic or natural remedies there aren’t many scientific studies on the topic. All of the benefits of ingesting the placenta were anecdotal, but to me that’s just as powerful as any study. Many women recalled recovering quicker after delivery, feeling more energized, feeling more balanced hormonally, etc.
There are two main methods to placenta encapsulation; we went with the Traditional Chinese Method. This method requires steaming the placenta with ginger and lemon, then slicing it super thin and dehydrating it. After it’s been dehydrated, it’s ground up and encapsulated. So when people say, “You want to eat your placenta?!”, not exactly. It’s just like taking any other herbal supplement, not like eating a steak!
Our bodies create the placenta to care for our growing child, literally out of nothing. One day there’s nothing in our womb, the next, our bodies have not only started creating a new life, but a life source for that child. It seems incredibly wasteful to just toss a life giving organ into the human waste bin after it spent nine months nourishing a baby. The placenta is rich in iron, among other things, which many post-partum women are lacking after giving birth.
Of course I have no previous experience to compare this to, I felt like the placenta pills made a difference. After giving birth our bodies are on hormone overload. As anyone with a newborn knows, those first few days and weeks are a jumbled blur of feedings, diapers and if you’re lucky, naps. On the days I remembered to take my pills I felt more hormonally balanced. The mood swings and ups and downs of new motherhood weren’t so bad when I took my pills. I also only bled heavily for about two weeks. After that I still bled, but just a small amount. I can’t prove this was due to the placenta pills, but to me it was worth it.
Until next time,
Katie & Mike
We want to share our journey toward living a simpler, more natural and healthy lifestyle with you. As we navigate through an increasingly complex and tech-driven life, we'll share our goals, triumphs and struggles as we attempt to return to a simpler way of living.