Placenta Encapsulation & Art
"Say, what? Eat my placenta? hmmm… I don't know about that!"
So, if you've never heard of it before, when you hear talk of ingesting your placenta I can probably guess the image you have in your head…. a wild-eyed cave woman, crouched in the forest, placenta in hand, ripping and tearing with pointy teeth, blood running down her chin...
But in reality, placenta encapsulation in just the process of dehydrating your placenta, grinding it into a very fine powder, and placing the powder into small pill capsules. Then, you take the capsule like a vitamin during your postpartum period. Not so scary, huh?
And in addition to having your placenta encapsulated, I can also distill it into an alcohol-based solution called a "tincture" for you to take in drop form, or even blend a small piece into your favorite smoothie recipe for an amazing postpartum snack!
Did you know your placenta is full of your own natural hormones, chemicals, irons and proteins in amounts that are unique and specific to you, made by your own body? These substances are incredibly beneficial for a new Mama both physically and emotionally, and can aide in a more speedy recovery, help to increase your milk supply, assist in balancing postpartum hormones and help lower your risk of postpartum depression, increase your energy, replenish depleted iron supplies, and more.
Here is a list of some of the specific substances found in your placenta, and how they help:
• Estrogen, Progesterone, Testosterone: Helps Mama's body prepare for lactation; stabilizes postpartum mood; regulates post-birth uterine cramping; decreases depression; normalizes and stimulates libido.
• Prolactin: Promotes lactation; increases milk supply; enhances the mothering instinct.
• Oxytocin: Decreases pain and increases bonding in mother and infant; counteracts the production of stress hormones such as Cortisol; greatly reduces postpartum bleeding; enhances the breastfeeding let-down reflex.
• Placental Opioid-Enhancing Factor (POEF): Stimulates the production of your body’s natural endorphins; reduces pain; increases well-being.
• Thyroid Stimulating Hormone: Regulates the thyroid gland; boosts energy and supports recovery from stressful events.
• Corticotropin Releasing Hormone (CRH): Low levels of CRH are implicated in postpartum depression. Regulation of CRH helps prevent depression.
• Cortisone: Reduces inflammation and swelling; promotes healing.
• Interferon & Immunoglobulin G (IgG): Aides the immune system in preventing infection.
• Prostaglandins: Regulates contractions in the uterus after birth; helps uterus return to its pre-pregnancy size.
• Iron: Replenishes iron stores to combat anemia; increases energy; decreases fatigue fights depression.
• Hemoglobin: An oxygen-carrying molecule which provides a boost in energy.
• Urokinase Inhibiting Factor and Factor XIII: stops bleeding and enhances wound healing.
• Human Placental Lactogen (hPL): Regulates maternal glucose, protein, and fat levels; promotes lactation.
Kind of amazing, huh?