While I was pregnant with my third baby I got really nervous about how I was going to manage three kids under five years old. The sleepless nights, the round the clock breastfeeding, recovering from a c-section – and just the chaos of life in general with three munchkins. Then one afternoon I was chatting with a girlfriend of mine who suggested placenta encapsulation. I almost gagged at the mere thought of it. Literally.
I’m all about being the best version of myself and being as natural as possible when it comes to the things I put in my mouth (hot chips and chocolate are really just potatoes and milk, right?) But eating your placenta? Really?
My family, my GP and my baby doc all poo-pooed it. You know, they’re all for mainstream medicine and nothing too ‘out there’. But I had a gut feeling there was something in it.
My curiosity got the better of me, so I did some research.
Encapsulating your placenta involves getting your midwife to put it into a container with ice right after birth and then getting your special ‘placenta lady’ to pick it up straight from the hospital (on the same day) and taking it home to start the process. The placenta is then dehydrated, ground and put into capsules for you to be able to take each day. It’s delivered back to you on day two of your babe’s life and BAM…you’re officially able to eat your own placenta.
Here are some of the things it can help with:
-Post Natal Depression
-Stress, anxiety, panic attacks
-Problems with milk supply
I’m not going to sit here and tell you it feels completely normal because it’s definitely a little odd at the start when you really think about it (and they have a really funny – insert ‘rank’ – taste about them). But after you get over that, it feels really special and I was quite sad when my capsules finished. They lasted about two or so months and I really did feel the difference. I felt like my recovery from my c-section was much less painful, I coped with the sleep deprivation better than my other two children and all in all, I felt much less anxious and worried about handling three children than I was expecting.
If I could take them for the rest of my life, I would. But that would require me having more babies, and that is NEVER going to happen.
But for now, take my word for it. It’s worth it and you should totally do it.
Here is the info for my special ‘placenta lady’ Anna, if you so choose to go down this path, click here.