This pregnancy, I began to do some research about post-partum depression. For some reason, I thought i would be more susceptible to it after this pregnancy. My extreme fatigue during my pregnancy combined with all the other effects of the pregnancy had made me mentally exhausted at times and frustrated with my ability to feel alert and focused. Thinking about the lack of sleep experienced by breastfeeding moms in the first few months combined with thoughts of the physical recovery from childbirth nade a feeling of helplessness begin to set in.
i wanted to be proactive about my approach.
One of the potential solutions I discovered was placenta encapsulation so I am planning to give it a try.
The placenta is the organ that surrounds the fetus in the womb and allows for the exchange of nutrients, blood, and waste with the mother. After childbirth, a woman expels or delivers her placenta. Placental encapsulation is the consumption of the placenta after it is steamed, dehydrated, ground and placed into pill form.
First, I had to find someone who would encapsulate my placenta. The average cost is $250 - $300 for the service. After I located a specialist, she delivered some basic supplies to me - a cooler and some zip lock bags basically. I will request the placenta from the hospital and then put it on ice. The placenta will stay refrigerated until I return home from the hospital at which time the specialist will come and encapsulate it over the course of two days at my home.
Some of the claimed benefits are hormone balancing, reduction in post-natal bleeding, increased energy, increased iron levels, milk production, CRH levels (stress reducing hormone), increased oxytocin levels and decrease in post-partum depression.
I am looking forward to giving this unique process a try and hope to reap some of its benefits. More to come on how it actually goes!
Ms. Bhakti Mary
I am an optimistic, positive, generous and driven woman who is passionate about self-improvement.
The essence of who you are does not lie in the past. What matters is what you are willing to do NOW. You are the presence.