What is Placenta Encapsulation?
Placenta Encapsulation is the process of ingestion your placenta after it has been made into pill form.
The process of eating your placenta in any form is referred to in the medical world as placentophagy.
While you are carrying your baby, your placenta is the powerhouse organ that delivers nutrients and food to your baby. Your placenta is home to dozens of nutrients (B6, B12, and iron). The placenta is also packed with beneficial hormones such as progesterone and estrogen.
Benefits of Placenta Encapsulation
Unfortunately, there is very little proven scientific evidence on the benefits of
- Reduced levels of Stress
- Reduced Post-partum Bleeding
- Increased Milk Supply
- Balance Hormones
- Prevent Post-partum depression and the Baby Blues
- Increased Energy
How does Plancenta Encapsulation Work?
The most common method begins with removing the umbilical cord and the membranes and cleaning the placenta of maternal and fetal blood. The placenta is then steamed and cut into smaller sections. From there, the placenta is freeze-dried and ground into a consistency appropriate for pill form. Many companies that offer Placenta Encapsulation services have options on the type of encapsulation (flavored options, non-flavored, etc.)
The entire process takes about 2 days to complete.
Placentophagy Is Not For Everyone
It is important that you discuss placenta encapsulation with your healthcare provider. Some medical conditions, such as being Group B Strep + doing your pregnancy, can make ingesting your placenta dangerous for your newborn.
How to Fine Placenta Encapsulation Services in Your Area
It is also so important that you do not just trust anyone to do the encapsulation process for you. Start by asking your healthcare provider if they have any professional recommendations. From there, reach out to friends and family who have completed the process to see if they have any first-hand experience with reputable companies.