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Tuesday
Mar102015

Why I ate my placenta 

 

You may have heard the latest trend in new mothers eating their placenta (known as Placentophagy). Two years ago, after hearing about some great success stories from folks who had done this, I decided I had nothing to lose and everything to gain. And so I had my placenta encapsulated after giving birth to my second child. 

According to Bettina Roeper, founder of Live Life Acupuncture, who encapsulated my placenta, “Placenta has been used to aid postpartum recovery by many different cultures around the world. Placenta is extremely nutritious and contains many of the vitamins, minerals and hormones that a mother's body needs to adequately recover from pregnancy and birth. It is considered rich in vitamin B, iron and protein, all of which are useful for postpartum recovery, and a particular benefit to vegetarian women. Women who have taken placenta capsules report positive results such as feeling energized and less weepy. The positive effects from using placenta pills are often felt immediately after taking the first dose.

I couldn’t agree more! The placenta pills were like magic. Unlike my first delivery, I didn’t experience baby blues or postpartum depression. My milk production was great and I felt like my hormones were much more manageable. I had a lot of energy and felt happy, even if sleep deprived. Some argue that it’s the placebo effect but I don’t care. I believe my placenta worked for me and I would do it again in a heartbeat.

Bettina was recommended to me through my Mother's Group. Many Doulas offer this service as well. It was a pretty simple process. After delivery Bettina picked up my placenta (which was placed in an ice cooler filled with ice). Before encapsulation my placenta was steamed, dehydrated and ground into powder. This preparation conserves the most nutrients possible. Preparing the placenta is a pretty lengthy process and takes about 24 to 36 hrs. After this process, the placenta pills were delivered back to me at the hospital. Pure gold.

Are you grossed out? Are you considering? And what was your experience if you had your placenta encapsulated? 

 

Reader Comments (3)

I read all of the positives of this before the birth of my son, 4 years ago. I found someone local to do it, paid her and my mother delivered my placenta to her in a cooler. I was devastated a few days later when the woman called me to tell me her dog had eaten my placenta. Obviously I got my money back but that's a small consolation given the situation. I still wonder how different my recovery would have been had I had those pills. IF I have another child I'd love to do this and find someone else to do it for me! :)

March 11, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterC R Snyder

I did it for the same reasons you did and I think everyone should. It makes a huge difference!

March 12, 2015 | Unregistered Commentermelissa swaney

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/mothers-who-eat-a-newborn-s-placenta-may-or-may-not-benefit/?WT.mc_id=SA_Twitter

April 3, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMartha

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