I’m also thinking about making a placenta print!
At my 19 week appointment my midwife said my placenta has great blood flow. It was talkin’ up a storm when we were listening for Sprout’s heartbeat. Yep, that’s the kind of thing we visit about at appointments.
Sprout is the current nickname to my little man :)
So, I figured it was about time I share my plans to eat my placenta this go around. Wonder why? Here’s the scoop …
- Almost all mammals do it. Kind of like unmedicated birth, it’s just the way it is supposed to be.
- The placenta is rich in nutrients. Positive hormone and healing rich nutrients like gonadotrophin, prolactin, oxytocin, cortisone, interferon, prostaglandins, hemoglobin, urokinase inhibiting factor and factor XIII, gammaglobulin, and thyroid stimulating hormone.
- Goodbye baby blues. Because of the amazing nutrients within the placenta, studies have shown that by consuming the placenta it can ward off or lessen baby blues and postpartum depression.
- Boost milk supply. Because of the prolactin, many women see a significant boost in their milk supply after consuming their placenta. “In 1954, researchers provided dried placenta to 210 mothers who were expected to have low milk supply. 86% of these mothers noticed a significant increase in their milk production. It can be beneficial for breast milk production even for mothers who are not at risk of low supply.”
- Bring on the bliss! As Stacie Krajchir said … Eating placenta pills will “ward off all post-pregnancy evil; [which] will bring bliss, serenity and pure mommy power into my being.” And seriously, who doesn’t want that?
Stay tuned for my debate between placenta smoothies or encapsulating pills. In the meantime, here are some placenta-awesome posts …
Six Weeks of Placenta Pills: My Take On It
Placenta Medicine – The Tree of Life
Pregnant Over 40: I Think I’m Going to Eat My Placenta
January Jones Eats Her Own Placenta
What’s the Deal with Placenta Encapsulation?
Top 5 Reasons You Should Consider Eating Your Placenta