Placenta Encapsulation: Everything You’ll Ever Need To Know + One mum’s experience!
What is placenta encapsulation?
Placenta encapsulation is a popular method of placenta consumption. It is the process of dehydrating the placenta, grinding it, and encapsulating it into pills for consumption. Other methods of consumption include in smoothies, eating it raw, or cooking it and adding it to your favorite dish! Placenta encapsulation has increasingly gained popularity over the last few years. This is partly due to the growing list of celebrities who have boasted the benefits, such as Kim and Kourtney Kardashian.
What are the benefits of placenta encapsulation and consumption?
Although there have been no conclusive studies on the benefits of placenta consumption, women and holistic health practitioners world wide have touted the benefits for many years. It is thought to:
- Increase the release of the hormone oxytocin, which can help to contract the uterus back to its normal size and can also promote bonding with the infant.
- Increase the production of CRH – a stress reducing hormone.
- Help to decrease the risk of post-natal depression.
- Help to restore iron levels in the blood.
- Help to increase milk supply.
Are there any risks involved with placenta encapsulation?
As the research on placentophagy (consumption of the placenta) is slim, the risks are anecdotal. However, some women report feeling jittery and tense after taking the pills.
The other biggest concern is the lack of regulation around the preparation of the placenta. Placenta pills are often prepared in a home kitchen. As such, there are no health and safety guidelines. This could increase the risk of contracting a bacterial infection or blood bourne illness. Furthermore, the pills need to be treated as a meat product and stored accordingly, to prevent the growth of bacteria.
What is the process of placenta encapsulation?
First the placenta is rinsed, cleaned and any blood clots or membranes are removed. According to the traditional Chinese medicine method, the placenta is then steamed over boiling water for about 20 minutes on each side. The placenta is then sliced into thin strips and placed in a dehydrator for up to 11 hours. After the placenta strips are dry, it is ground into a powder. The powder is then put into capsules and packaged, ready for consumption.
Some mothers decide to have a ‘raw’ placenta encapsulation. The difference is that the placenta is not steamed, and is placed straight into the dehydrator. The placenta is then dehydrated at a lower temperature for a longer period. Some people believe that the raw method ensures stronger benefits for the mother.
Some practitioners will also add herbal remedies into the capsules to increase the benefits of the placenta.
Do the capsules have a taste?
No, the capsules are flavorless.
How much will placenta encapsulation cost?
Placenta encapsulation usually costs between $200-$400 depending on the service provided.
How many capsules will I receive?
You can expect to receive between 90-200 capsules, depending on the size of your placenta.
How can I find someone who offers placenta encapsulation?
Placenta encapsulation is offered by doulas and holistic health practitioners who have become certified as placenta encapsulation specialists. You can visit the website findplacentaencapsulation.com for a worldwide list of placenta encapsulation specialists.
One mum’s experience with placenta encapsulation
Amy Hayden is mum to one-year old Violet. She decided to encapsulate her placenta and has shared her experience with me.
“It was amazing how much energy they gave me…and my milk supply was astounding”
Why did you decide to try placenta encapsulation?
What was the procedure like to get the capsules?
What was your experience taking the placenta capsules, and would you do it again?
Would you ever try placenta encapsulation? Or have you already tried it? Let me know your experience in the comments!
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