WARNING: THIS POST CONTAINS IMAGES OF MY PLACENTA. SOME OF THE LINKS IN THE POST CONTAIN FURTHER PLACENTA IMAGES. IF YOU DON’T WANT TO SEE THAT, CLICK AWAY NOW.
Why would anyone want to see their placenta, let alone eat it? This same thought crossed my mind when my doula first mentioned placenta encapsulation to me several months ago. Beth from Red and Honey, a blogger whom I respect vey much, wrote a post a while back detailing the history and medical use of the placenta. I am not going to take the time to delve deeply into that, so read her post if you want more information regarding the why.
There are several methods for preparing the placenta ranging from lasagna or roast to simply encapsulating it into pills. I had intended on encapsulating my placenta, however, circumstances at the time of my daughter’s birth prevented us from being able to do that, so my husband and I prepared it at home for use in smoothies. If you would like to see an at home tutorial for encapsulating your placenta, click here.
Benefits of Placenta Comsumption
There are several components of the placenta that make it beneficial to the postpartum woman’s body. The following is a list from Placenta Bakery that shows what is in the placenta and why that is helpful to the body.
Gonadotrophin: the precursor to estrogen, progesterone and testosterone,
Prolactin: promotes lactation,
Oxytocin: for pain and bonding; produced during breastfeeding to facilitate bonding of mother and infant. In pharmaceutical form this is a very addictive drug because it promotes a feeling of connectedness with others,
Thyroid stimulating hormone: boosts energy and helps recovery from stressful events,
Cortisone: combats stress and unlocks energy stores,
Interferon: stimulates the immune system to protect against infections,
Hemoglobin: replenishes iron deficiency and anemia, a common postpartum condition,
Urokinase inhibiting factor and factor XIII: stops bleeding and enhances wound healing,
Gammaglobulin: immune booster that helps protect against postpartum infections.
To prepare your placenta for smoothies, use the following steps:
- Rinse the placenta under warm water.
- Remove the membranes and discard.
- Chop the meat of the placenta into small chunks.
- Place on a cookie sheet and flash freeze.
- Remove from cookie sheet and place in zippered baggies.
- Store in freezer and add a chunk or two to a smoothie during your postpartum recovery weeks.
Have you done anything with your placenta? If you consumed it, what benefits did you see from doing so?