Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Placenta Power

"So many misconceptions, so many evil deceptions, I've come to give direction, for I am the lifesaver" ~ Guru

To encapsulate or not to encapsulate? That is the question of the day.

We recently met with our amazing doula and she gave us some truly expert advice on the typical experience of labor for second time mamas. She reminded me that this time my labor will go FAST. Since my labor with Q was pretty quick (7-8 hours), she said it could be a third of that time. Wow! Basically, get thee to a hospital pronto. She suggested being open to having my water broken to get things moving if it seemed like things weren't progressing, particularly since they had to break my water last time. I found that interesting. She also offered some great tips on helping Q to adjust and feel like he's still a major part of the family, like making nursing the baby a special time for him too.

I don't want to go into too much detail about all of her advice because I'm pretty sure she saves this information for her clients, but I do want to talk about her offering of placenta encapsulation. I knew from Facebook that she had recently started providing this service. I had heard of it before and I admitted that I was fascinated by it, but part of me is also slightly nauseated by the idea. I looked at T to see if he was turning green, but he mostly wanted to know more about it. Felicia explained that she steamed the placenta with herbs, then dehydrated it until it was as dry as a cracker, and then she ground it and put the powder into capsules. Hmm, swallowing a capsule didn't seem so bad. I mean, it would be one thing if I had to eat it grilled. Especially being a vegetarian who mostly doesn't eat meat because of the textural turnoff. Ick.

But the benefits seemingly far outweigh the ick factor. Felicia said it does more than help with baby blues and postpartum depression, which I had thought was the main benefit. Placenta also gives you more energy, could increase postpartum healing time, and can even be frozen and saved to take for menopausal symptoms. But the real draw for me was that these placenta capsules could help with my PMDD when my monthly returns. Some of you may remember my complaints from back then. I really felt like I was losing my mind for about a week before I would get my period every month. I never want to experience that again. So, these placenta capsules are essentially nature's perfect medicine tailor-made for me. Now that's pretty tempting.

But will I be able to get over the weird, earth mama, yuckiness of it all? What do you think, dear readers? Would you ever consider encapsulating your placenta after birthing your baby? Know anyone who has done it? I'd love to hear some stories. Is everybody hungry now?


  1. I'll have to be honest and risk sounding like an idiot and say that I've never heard of encapsulating one's placenta. Having said that, all that you've described of its benefits sounds pretty amazing. It sounds kind of gross, but mind over matter, I think I'd do it!

  2. i am doing it! i have said for the past two years that if i were to get pregnant again i would be all over that. it's benefits are outstanding. a friend of mine just had a home birth last week and she received her pills a few days later and she said she can tell a huge difference! i say go for it! it's not going to hurt.

  3. All I can say is that you are WAY more game than me!!! :)

    I think you should go for it and blog about it! I don't want to do it, but I want you to. LOL. Is that wrong? ;)

  4. Meesh, it sounds like this encapsulation thing only yields the most positive benefits. More energy? Yes, please! Reducing or eliminating "I'm going crazy" feelings each month? Double yes, please! Even easing the menopause experience down the road? Oh, hell yeah! :) You already take vitamins...what's one more capsule? ;)

  5. Did the capsules assist with your PMDD? I encapsulated my placenta and am wondering if the hormones in the capsules will assist or make things worse.