ARE YOU EATING YOUR PLACENTA AFTER CHILD BIRTH?
Women eating the placenta of their young is not a new act. Chinese medicine has advocated it for centuries. Placenta is considered to be the best pill for postpartum depression, not only that, it is loaded with iron and vitamins B6 and B12.
Also, it increases the supply of breast milk and it balances the hormones. Women who choose to consume their placenta post-birth often have it made into pills.
Several celebrity moms have indulged in this act from Kim Kardashian to Katherine Heigl and just recently Zoe Marshall joined the league.
Zoe Marshall brought a different twist to it by turning the placenta to a shake.
“This is me with my placenta in a shake. A small piece of fresh placenta blended with banana and berries and yes I drank it! Gotta have that fresh placenta” She posted on Instagram.
Are you curious on how to go about how to reap some of the placenta’s life-giving powers? Then keep the following steps in mind:
Check your hospital or birthing center’s policy
Most times hospital treat the placenta as biohazardous waste and dispose of it along with other medical waste (from needles to blood). If you want to keep yours, you’ll need to arrange that in advance.
Send it to out to be professionally prepped
The most common and most accessible way to eat your placenta (and the easiest to swallow) is in pill form. In a process called placenta encapsulation, your placenta is dried, powdered and sealed into vitamin-sized capsules. However it can be made into a smoothie as well, al that is required is a little piece of the placenta and fruits you will like to have it with such as bananas and berries. Numerous companies will do it for you, but it comes at a price.
No matter how you decide to dish up your placenta, stop taking the pills or a drinkable extract if you feel sick after ingesting it. And if you do experience postpartum depression, don’t wait around for the “magic” of the placenta to kick in. Talk to your doctor right away so you get proper treatment to protect yourself and your baby, which may include therapy or antidepressants.
I wish you luck on this new adventure you might be willing to take.