Why Do People Eat Placenta?
Today, we are going to talk about something that is seen by some people as a little controversial, and that is consuming your placenta ater giving birth to your baby. That’s right. We are talking about consuming that big, bloody, blobby thing that you have to have after your baby comes out.
What do doctors say
A lot of doctors might counsel you against eat placenta. At this point, there are no medical studies that have been done about eat placenta yet. There are people who still do it, there doesn’t seem to be anything that says it is going to cause you any harm at all. The jury is pretty much out on whether it is healthy or unhealthy.
Lots of people have an opinion on this issue of placenta eating. At the end of the day, it is your choice to make and you need to understand the issue from all of the angles. We are not here to give anyone medical advice, but this is just some information so that you details that make you able to make your own decision.
One woman’s experience
“My midwife asked me if I was interested in eating the placenta after I had given birth, and I was like, “You want me to do what?!“”
She went home and read about it and she found a few different pieces of information, here is some of that information she found. These are the claims about the good things that come from placenta and eating your placenta, and what the practice could potentially do for you.
One of the benfits is that it can help with mood swings, help with recovery from postpartum depression, improve energy levels, and it may even help with milk supply.
These are all things, especially the postpartum depression, and the energy levels, that might make an expectant mother think that it sounds pretty good.
But, as a new mother you might not know what you’re getting yourself into, but you know for certain that you are going to be very, very tired.
How to eat placenta
You can ask your midwives work with a person who you can find on the internet, and this person is going to be able to have your placenta encapsulated.
There are a couple of different ways that you can consume your placenta, and probably one of the least disgusting ways is going to be having your placenta encapsulated. Of course, you can do it any way you want, what one person finds to be disgusting isn’t the same for other people. The choice is yours.
The least weird way that most people find out about is to have their placenta encapsulated. What happens, basically, take your placenta that is collected after you have given birth, they dehydrate it, pulverise and grind it down in to a fine powder, put it into the little gel pill type capsule things, and you take them in the exact same way that you would take any other type of pill.
Back to the interview – “I did the encapsulting the placenta with my first daughter, and I also did it with my second daughter. Now, with my first daughter, unfortunately, there were some other things at play, and I didn’t take the placenta pills for as long as I wished that I had. But I had some other medical things happening, and so I stopped taking them. I’m kind of bummed because I’d like to be able to say, you know, that I had this great experience.
“So, for my second one, I decided to do the same thing, but I also decided to do something in addition to that.”
You can decide to not take all of the placenta pills and instead you can consider the option of making a tincture with the placenta. This is what our interviewee had decided to do with the remaining placenta pills that she has. Basically, it’s a strip of the placenta that is then chopped up and it’s steeped in a high-grade vodka.
It is supposed to do the same thing that the pills do, it’s just a different way to take it.
After you have started to take the placenta pills, one thing that may be able to notice, is what it is able to do for your milk supply. Taking placenta pills might be able to help with overactive or underactive millk production. It is not certain, the evidence is only anecdotal at the moment. There have been no studies into the issue. Some women do report a better regulated milk supply.
If you are considering the option of being able to encapulate and consume your placenta after you have given birth, we would encourage you to do research on it for yourself. We would encourage you to do the research because it is probably a thing that is not for everybody. There’s definitely opinions about it by the medical community. But if you’re interested in it, give it a try and do some research, look up some websites.
You will be able to find lots of information online. Make sure that you look at the source of the information. Try and get a balance of opinions about the idea of eating your placenta. There are different ways that you can do it too. That’s another areas that you can research and understand if this is something that is right for anf if it something that you want to try.