What are the Benefits of Placenta Encapsulation?
As an evidence-based childbirth educator, I am the first to tell my clients that there is absolutely no good-quality evidence supporting placenta encapsulation.
What we do have is anecdotal evidence- lots of it. It has been used for centuries in Traditional Chinese Medicine and now that more women are choosing this practice, they are reaping the benefits. And telling their friends and family. Who then try it. And tell their friends and family- because it worked for them. That is how most women find me- they heard about it from a friend or their care provider mentioned it to them.
So, what can your placenta do for you? It is believed that consuming your placenta can:
- Help to balance your hormones
- Replenish depleted iron levels
- Reduce postpartum bleeding
- Increase milk production
- Increase your energy levels
- Inhibit baby blues
- Make for a happier, more enjoyable postpartum
I had my placenta encapsulated after the birth of my second child and noticed a HUGE difference postpartum compared to my first. Less weepy, more milk, less hot-flashes. Now, I also had a much different birth experience compared to my first but I do believe that my placenta had a role in my easier recovery, as well.