Fancy a serving of placenta?? Placenta encapsulation is just that. Less graphic than the sentence suggests, though.
Human placentophagy is the correct term for eating the placenta after the birth.
It’s been around for hundreds of years, with notes found dating back to 1596.
It can be ingested in many ways, the modern way of placentophagy is via encapsulation, but if you are feeling adventurous how about a placenta smoothie, placenta fry up, or just enjoy it in your favourite dishes… many people do try the above methods.
Every mammal eats their placenta after birth, leaving us humans in the minority. Many celebrities have done this including Holly Madison, January Jones, Kim and Kourtney Kardashian, and many others, and now the subject is becoming less taboo.
So what is placenta encapsulation?
Placenta encapsulation is the process of steaming the placenta before dehydration and crushing it all up then eventually encapsulating it. It can cost between £100-£200, and you usually receive 120 capsules approximately (depending on the size of the placenta).
Mother’s report no taste with this method and the most palatable. A different story I would imagine with a placenta smoothie. Mothers who have tried placenta encapsulation report many benefits such as- elevated energy levels, increased milk supply, faster recovery from birth, and overall good moods, and good health.
Your placenta is an amazing organ that has kept your baby alive for many months. There aren’t many studies into what exactly is in a placenta. What specialists already know is that a placenta contains stem-cells, hormones, vitamins and iron. What we don’t know is how much we actually receive after the encapsulation process.
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There are claims to suggest it may lessen the risk of postpartum depression. However, no scientific studies have verified this.
So on a final note whether placenta encapsulation remains a placebo effect who knows… but if it makes you feel better surely that’s what matters.
If you are interested in doing this, I do recommend speaking to your midwife for further advice.
PlacentaPlus cover the whole of England and some parts of Scotland and Wales.
Have you have done placenta encapsulation, I would love to hear your experience x
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