Let’s just start by getting this out of the way…yes…I ate my placenta. No I didn’t bake it and serve it for dinner, or blend it up in a smoothie (although there are plenty of recipes online should this be your jam), but I did eat it.
I’ve been meaning to do a post on this for about 8 months now. I recently ran out of my placenta pills and when I was on my last few pills I thought, I really need to blog about this before I have no more pills to take photos of!
So, if I haven’t totally turned you off yet, and/or you’ve been curious about what placenta encapsulation is all about then read on!
So the first question is probably why in the world would someone do this?! Aside from being naturally on the low side of iron generally speaking (and dangerously low towards the end of my pregnancy), there are many benefits to taking placenta pills. They include but aren’t limited to:
1. increased breast milk production
2. decreased postpartum ‘baby blues’ and/or depression
3. reduction of, and faster-completed postpartum bleeding
4. increase in energy
5. other hormonal balancing
Aside from being teased for cannibalism, most of my friends and family were horrified to hear that I was planning on consuming my placenta however most were somewhat comforted to know that I was planning on doing so through pills rather than the basic placenta itself being served as a side dish with dinner.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What do the pills taste like?
Nothing. Because the placenta is dehydrated first, they really taste like nothing. No aftertaste. No bloody-like metallic taste. I get more aftertaste from my multi vitamin.
How much was it?
Every placenta encapsulator’s prices will vary, but generally it ranges from $70-150
How many pills do you get?
This totally depends on the person (or rather the placenta). Every placenta size will vary from person-to-person and even from baby-to-baby, but generally it’s anywhere from 50-200 pills.
Does it work?
I noticed a large energy boost as well as a hormone/mood balancing while taking them. Unfortunately I did not notice any increase in breast milk production although that benefit of the pills has been scientifically proven in a double blind case study.
What’s the process?
Once your baby is born, you ask for your placenta to be placed in a container you bring with you to the hospital (if you’re having a hospital birth). A large margarine-sized container is usually big enough. Your encapsulator will either pick it up from you at the hospital or come to your home within a few hours of giving birth to collect the placenta. The placenta is then either boiled with Chinese medicine herbs before being placed on a dehydrator or is dehydrated raw (I opted for the raw option). Once dehydrated, the placenta is ground into a powder and placed into empty pills. The pills are placed into a jar or Ziploc bag and then you keep them in your fridge until the pills have all been consumed.
How many do you take?
This also depends on the person. It’s usually suggested to take 1 pill 3 times a day and then increase to 3 pills 3 times a day as necessary. I took 2 pills 3 times a day and my pills lasted me 8 months!
Did you do placenta encapsulation or any other consumption form? Do you have any other questions? Leave them in the comments below!!