The Benefits of Placenta Encapsulation

Around ten percent of all women who have given birth experience postpartum depression. If medical advice is sought by the women, the doctor will generally prescribe an antidepressant. As with anything that the mother consumes these antidepressants reach the nursing baby through the breast milk. Placenta encapsulation can be a great way to relieve postpartum depression.

Making this decision can be very difficult for a new mother, should she put her baby at risk? Should she stop breastfeeding altogether? Does she just try to stay strong and battle through the postpartum depression she is experiencing in hopes it will go away on its own?

There is however one other technique which can be used to prevent postpartum depression and that is called Placenta Encapsulation.

This method has been implemented for centuries in Traditional Chinese Medicine. The way this works is that right after birth the placenta is encapsulated. Once it is dried the placenta is ground into a fine powder and then placed in capsules, thus encapsulated. These capsules are intended to bring balance to the mother’s hormones after having given birth, increase the energy levels as well as increase the production of milk. It has been reported by women taking placenta that the emotional issues they experience were a lot lower and they were able to pull through their postpartum depression much quicker.

Why Should I Take Placenta?

It is believed that the placenta is full of nutrients such as protein and iron; these are essential for mother to recover from the process of having given birth. It is also believed that many of the hormones and minerals the placenta contains help combat the postpartum depression.

Here are a few of the benefits of placenta encapsulation:

  • Increased energy for mother.
  • Bring balance to the hormones.
  • Raises the levels of postpartum iron.
  • Minimizes the time spent bleeding after birth.
  • Helps restore balance to the body.
  • Is able to strengthen, heal and sustain the uterus.
  • Increases the supply of milk.
  • Is able to restore the vitamins and minerals that are lost after bleeding that amount.
  • Helps the uterus return to a more normal size.
  • Avoids mother experiencing baby blues.

What Is The Process of Placenta Encapsulation?

The placenta must be handled with care from the moment it is expelled. The placenta should not be left out for a long period of time. After the baby and placenta are born we leave the cord attached until the pulsing has stopped. Once the cord is cut, the placenta will be fully examined and then placed in doubled up ziploc bags and put into the refrigerator. The process of encapsulation should begin in under forty eight hours of having been expelled, unless it is frozen. In that case it would be fine to wait a couple of months to encapsulate. I strive to encapsulate within 24 hours so the capsules are available when they will provide the most benefit to mother and baby.

The placenta is not only for the nourishment of the baby while in the womb but also to assist mother in a faster recovery from pregnancy and having given birth. The placenta capsules help the body to slowly but surely regain balance and make the postpartum period a lot easier on a new mother.

Women who took placenta capsules stated that the emotional feelings they experienced were much lower than those who do not. During the postpartum period women taking the placenta capsules were much more energetic and experienced higher levels of happiness, many mommies referred to them as their happy pills. As we can see, the placenta plays a helpful role for both baby and mother. If you are concerned as to whether or not placenta capsules will not cause an unwanted reaction or if they are unsafe do not fret, this is a natural product which stems directly from you.

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Midwife Colorado Springs
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