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Placenta Encapsulation

Placenta encapsulation is a practice in which the placenta, the organ that nourishes the developing fetus during pregnancy, is processed, dehydrated, and encapsulated for consumption.

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Hormonal Balance

The placenta is believed to contain hormones such as estrogen, progesterone, and oxytocin, which are thought to help balance hormones in the postpartum period. Consuming encapsulated placenta may help alleviate postpartum mood swings, promote emotional well-being, and reduce the risk of postpartum depression. Oxytocin also helps the uterus contract back to the pre-pregnant state 

Increased Energy & Vitality

Increased energy levels and reduced fatigue during the postpartum period. This is often attributed to the presence of nutrients, vitamins, and minerals in the placenta. Hemoglobin present replenishes iron deficiencies. Cortisone combats stress and unlocks stores of energy. And TSH, helps us recover from stressful events and boosts energy.

Nutritional Support

The placenta is rich in iron, vitamins, and minerals, including vitamins B6 and B12. Proponents argue that consuming encapsulated placenta can replenish these nutrients, aiding in postpartum recovery and overall well-being.

Pain Relief

Certain compounds present in the placenta, such as prostaglandins, can help reduce pain and inflammation.

Milk Supply & Lactation

Prolactin present in the placenta has been reported to help maintain or increase milk supply.

Faster Postpartum Recovery

Faster healing and recovery after childbirth is believed to be due to the presence of nutrients and hormones that support tissue repair and regeneration. Urokinase Inhibiting Factor XIII enhances healing and stops bleeding. Gamma Globulin is an immune booster that protects against postpartum infections.

Benefits After Postpartum Period

  • Energy and moods: Help increase energy levels and improve mood postpartum. 

  • Milk supply: Enhance milk production and help through supply dips.

  • Menstrual symptoms: Alleviate menstrual symptoms such as cramping, bloating, and mood swings.

  • Menopause symptoms: Natural remedy for relieving menopause symptoms like hot flashes, night sweats, and mood swings. 

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Encapsulation still possible:

  • GBS positive

  • Antibiotics  in labor

  • Thin meconium

  • Induction

  • Gestational Diabetes

  • High blood pressure in labor

  • Cesarean section

Encapsulation not recommended:

  • Chorioamnionitis

  • Thick meconium

  • A placenta that has gone down to pathology and soaked in formalin

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