Could a few small daily pills prevent or treat postpartum depression? Could your milk supply and mood get a boost with your placenta pills? Could you avoid the baby blues, the weeping, the hormonal roller coaster and the fatigue just by encapsulating your placenta?
Many people agree that these magical capsules have made all the difference for their postpartum mood and recovery. Collective feedback from our clients, friends in the community, and fellow birth workers show that placenta encapsulation can make a huge impact on the days and weeks following birth.
what exactly is placenta encapsulation?
Placenta encapsulation refers to the process of preparing the placenta in pill form. Some people also choose to ingest the placenta raw or in smoothies, however, encapsulation tends to be the most popular choice. When preparing your pills, your placenta specialist will rinse and drain your placenta, steam it, dehydrate it, then grind it into a fine powder and encapsulate it. The amount of pills you'll receive depends on the size of your placenta and it could vary anywhere from 75 pills to 120, give or take. Once prepared, your placenta specialist will provide you with guidelines for consumption and is available to answer any questions you have.
how can placenta encapsulation benefit me?
Placenta pills have been known to balance your postpartum hormones and mood, increase your milk supply, shorten the length of your postpartum bleeding, increase in energy and decrease in fatigue, prevent or treat the "baby blues" and postpartum depression and help replenish lost nutrients after birth, such as iron.
Depending on the number of pills your placenta yields, you'll most likely be able to take them daily for 4-8 weeks. A placenta tincture offers you longer term use of your powerful placenta and is ready from consumption after 6 weeks. The pills and the tincture combined have the potential to support your postpartum recovery for months or even years.
I had my placenta encapsulated and made into a tincture and a salve. At two weeks postpartum, I have used the salve for nipple and diaper irritation and am loving the results!! I have also been taking the pills as recommended and am feeling happy, healthy and full of energy!
What if I have more questions?
One benefit of being a client of Doulas of OC is that we offer resources and education on all things pregnancy, birth and postpartum. From the time you book you have 24/7 on-call support and resources from your doulas and the owners at Doulas of OC.
If you are looking for placenta encapsulation, placenta tinctures, placenta salves or placenta smoothies, in or around Orange County contact us for professional and vetted referrals.