It’s about to get really crunchy up in here.
I choose to ingest my placentas after childbirth.
If you’re still reading, let me explain…
I stumbled upon this website during my pregnancy with Ames. I wanted to use any and every weapon I could to fight off postpartum depression. And of course I wanted to give my milk supply a boost, especially because I was returning back to work so soon. The placenta acts as a filter, sort of like a liver, during pregnancy. It also has the capability to give nutrients back to your body, after birth. I’ve found it provides a sort-of balance after the giant hormonal shift during the postpartum phase.
After his birth, we dehydrated Ames’ placenta to the best of our ability. It smelled almost sweet as it dried in the oven, but it wasn’t unpleasant. However, we were unable to dry it enough and grind it appropriately into a powder, to put into capsules.
All that was left was a small piece of raw placenta that we’d placed in a mason jar and filled with vodka. This was to be used as a tincture, after it steeped in the freezer for six weeks (perfect timing for my return to work). I put a small spoonful of the vodka in a glass of juice once a day. It’s not actually “eating” the placenta, like one might picture. Placebo effect or not, this really worked for my family. When we became pregnant again, we decided to use a professional for this placenta.
Thanks to Christina from Carolina Placenta Lady, we were able to get the twins’ placenta encapsulated within twenty-four hours of their birth! She included a card with dosage instructions, as well as the dehydrated umbilical cords in a pretty little fabric pouch. They were woven together in the shape of a heart. The pouch hangs in their nursery, not unlike a lock of hair from a toddler’s first cut.
Carolina Placenta Lady’s website offers a whole host of resources and reading material, if one is interested in learning more about placenta encapsulation & ingestion. And thanks to Christina, one of you local ladies is going to win a free placenta encapsulation!
To enter: “LIKE” Carolina Placenta Lady on Facebook. Come back here & tell me you did, leaving your email address. I’ll draw a winner April 19. Thanks, and good luck!