It’s time to get over the yuck factor, y’all!
1. Zoloft or Placenta?
I know where it came from. It’s not made in a lab by man. Is this why people are weirded out by this? Pharmaceutical companies aren’t making any money on our placentas so you won’t see commercials during your favorite TV shows to do so. In fact, they are probably losing some. 80% of women experience some level of postpartum blues or depression. Placenta contains ocytocin. Oxytocin is the love hormone. This will help your pain tolerance and bond with your sweet baby.
2. They’ve Been Around for Years
It’s very common for mammals to consume their own placenta. All other mammals carry and nurse their babies so why leave out the placenta part? There has to be great benefits if it’s happening in nature. Just because it’s not common here in the U.S. doesn’t mean it’s not happening all over the world.
People are used to eating man-made “foods”. I’d eat a placenta before I’d eat a Hot Pocket any day! Placenta contains thyroid stimulating hormone. Do you know what that does? It boost energy and helps recover from stressful events. I’d say birth is stressful for our bodies, wouldn’t you?
4. My body, after carrying my baby and laboring for 24 hours, was a wreck.
Nothing prepares you for how you and your body will feel and look after birth. Things are just straight up foreign! I figured if it MIGHT help physically and emotionally, I’d give it a try. The interferon found in placenta stimulates the immune system and protects against infections. Bonus! I know my immune system was much weaker during pregnancy so I welcomed any extra support I could get.
5. Super Affordable
Our placenta is free (unless you are in a whacked out hospital that charges you to get it back). It cost me $150 to have it picked up, encapsulated and then delivered in a nice little jar. Well worth it.
6. Boost Energy and Reduces Bleeding
Many Chinese women have been eating their placentas for years. They claim it aids in postpartum wellness by replenishing your system with natural iron & protein. They believe it helps to reduce or stop postpartum bleeding. Sounds GREAT to me! Sign me up. Give me those happy pills.
7. It Freaks People Out
“Honey, can you pass me the placenta?” Or “Want to come over for dinner? Placenta is on the menu.”
8. More Milk
Placenta contains prolactin which boost milk production. I wish I still had as much milk these days as I did in those early days. Give me more placenta!!
9. What did I have to lose?
If it could help in any way to make my postpartum period smoother, I was down. We don’t have enough help in our 4th trimesters here in the U.S. like so many other women do in other countries. If I couldn’t have a live-in helper, give me the placenta.
Not everything works for everyone. Use your noggin and watch your symptoms. If you are happy, gaining strength and energy and your milk supply is doing well, then keep on truckin’. If you notice you are weepy, irritable, over-supply on milk or any other negative symptoms, stop the placenta pills and see if that’s the cause. Do what works best for you.
I hope you ladies have found this information useful. Let me know if you have experimented with consuming your placenta and how it worked for you!
Check ya later,
P.S. I will be writing more about fertility, pregnancy and postpartum with our babies a lot from now on. If you are interested in working with me, shoot me a message. Also, follow me on Facebook at Wellness Ashley and Holistic Bumps to Babes!