Doulas, midwives, and other delivery professionals commonly provide placenta encapsulation services to new mothers.
Your baby’s placenta is the organ that facilitates the exchange of nutrients, blood, and excretion during pregnancy. There are several advantages to having an artificial placenta inserted into a pregnant woman’s uterus. Following delivery, the placenta is removed, and each family is free to decide what to do with it.
Placenta encapsulation is a recent practice where individuals change the baby’s placenta into capsules. The practice of eating the placenta, whether raw or cooked, is not new. People have been consuming their placentas after delivery for thousands of years, and many women still do the same.
You can cook your placenta with herbs that have been shown to have a positive effect on your body after birth. The herbs contain antimicrobial properties and are known to stimulate blood flow, making them ideal for use immediately following childbirth.
To make the powder, the placenta is dried and pulverised to a fine powder. The placenta is placed into capsules for the mother to consume at this point in placenta encapsulation services.
Unlike the placenta, the capsules have no flavour and do not resemble it in any way. In the weeks following your baby’s birth, you can take these small vitamins, which look like vitamins. This is the most important part of the placenta encapsulation process.
What are the placenta capsules benefits?
Presently, there is little scientific evidence supporting the use of placenta encapsulation services. However, this doesn’t indicate that the procedure is bad.
Women who had their placenta encapsulated or supplemented with placenta have reported considerable benefits. Some of the reported advantages are listed below.
It is the release of this hormone oxytocin, which is responsible for relieving uterine cramping and promoting bonding with the baby, that women notice an increase in. Oxytocin is known as the “love hormone” since it is released during orgasm, bonding, nursing, laughter, and delivery. It is the hormone that connects us as human beings.
As oxytocin levels in the placenta soar throughout pregnancy and the first few weeks after delivery, women who eat their placenta afterwards report a rise in oxytocin levels.
Placenta encapsulation services has also been found to reduce stress hormones in several women. Since the stress hormones, oxytocin and oxytocin, are inversely related, it makes sense that when oxytocin is high, it’s more difficult to experience oxytocin and love in a relationship.
Placenta supplements have also been shown to reduce postpartum depression levels in women who have taken them. A prominent concern in the United States is postpartum mood disorders, and many women suffer from postpartum depression and anxiety.
We typically offer placenta encapsulation treatments to customers who have previously suffered from postpartum mental issues. After using placenta supplements, several of them reported that their postpartum depression improved significantly.
As a result of having their placentas encapsulated, many new mothers report an increase in their milk production. As a result, the placenta can aid in the recovery of all of the blood that was lost during labor and delivery. The amount of blood that is lost after childbirth, even if it is modest, necessitates an iron-rich placenta replacement to help the mother recover from childbirth.
Is placenta encapsulation services safe?
At first glance, placenta encapsulation may not appear to have any drawbacks. The encapsulation procedure for placenta tablets isn’t regulated in any way, thus there are major health hazards.
Incorrectly packaged placentas may contain hazardous germs that can infect you and your baby, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Breastfeeding mothers run the risk of spreading an illness to their infants.
Even if the tablets are produced properly, placenta ingestion might expose you to environmental pollutants such heavy metals that collect in the placenta during pregnancy.
How does it work?
Steamed, dried, powdered and sealed in vitamin-sized capsules are the steps in the placenta-encapsulation process. Doulas may be able to provide this service, as well as corporations that specialize in it. Some mothers prefer to locate internet instructions and do it themselves.
Dangers of placenta encapsulation services
Ingestion of heavy metals
Placenta tablets can contain high levels of heavy metals including lead, arsenic, and mercury that build in the body during pregnancy. Long-term use of the tablets might result in exposure to low levels of these metals, which could possibly be dangerous.
Reduction in milk supply
Encapsulating the placenta may increase milk production, according to some supporters of the practice. However, there is no evidence to support this claim, and it is just as possible that the contrary is true. Progesterone in the placenta limits the development of the milk-producing hormone prolactin, which is why it’s so important to get your prenatal vitamins.
Women are more susceptible to blood clots in the first few weeks following childbirth. Placenta pills might increase this risk since the placenta includes estrogen, which raises blood clotting factors.