Is Placenta Encapsulation the Answer to Postpartum Depression?

January 6, 2014  |  

It’s a sad reality that a lot of moms are familiar with postpartum depression. For anyone that has suffered from this type of clinical depression, you know the impact it can have on both the lives of the individual suffering, and those around her. There have been studies upon studies to find a way to eradicate the symptoms; some have been proven helpful and others not so much. But what if you knew of something that could eradicate all the above? Something so simple, natural and readily available. Would you give it a try? What if that particular “something” just happened to be encapsulating your placenta and eating it? Ew. But what if it really worked?

Not only does it work, but it does much more than combat the “baby blues.” January Jones, Kim Kardashian, Tia Mowry-Hardrict and Tamara Mowry-Housely all rave about their experiences with encapsulation. Before you allow your stomach to churn, put down your lunch for a few moments and take a few moments to learn more about placenta encapsulation and postpartum depression.

I interviewed a friend, Jessica Nunez, who has endured five pregnancies, suffering from postpartum for four out of the five. “Having four kids back to back, my PPD (postpartum depression) never really went away,” Jessica told me. “Irritability and sadness overcame me. With number 5, using the placenta capsules, I have not experienced any depression. When I’m tired and I take the capsules, I always feel 100 percent afterwards. I’ve only done it for one pregnancy and can truly see the difference, so I can vouch for it.”

And it’s not just PPD that eating your placenta, known scientifically as placentophagy, can help. Studies have shown that placenta capsules can:

  • Increase milk supply
  • Battle fatigue
  • Increase energy
  • Prevent signs of aging
  • Shorten postnatal bleeding time
  • Increase postnatal iron levels

Plus, eating the placenta helps to balance some very important hormones after delivery.

  • Oxytocin: for pain and bonding
  • Interferon and gammaglobulin: stimulates the immune system to defend against infection
  • Thyroid Stimulating Hormone: boosts energy and assists in recovery from stressful events
  • Cortisone: combats stress and unlocks stores of energy

Sometimes, we find it difficult to be open to new things, especially in a case like this when you have people throwing around words like “cannibalism” but science even took a stab at that theory and found that placental tissue is mainly derived from the fertilized egg, and carries the fetus’s genome. Not sure if that eases any of your stomachs but I can definitely say it looks like this practice is becoming more and more popular and the benefits are definitely beginning to outweigh the yuck-factor.

 

 

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