Expecting moms have a lot to think about – ranging from what to eat, to naming the baby, to the birth plan. If you are pregnant (or were pregnant recently) you likely added to your to-do list the consideration of placenta encapsulation.
Although seemingly a new idea, it has been a practice for centuries and is based on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), with the belief that consuming this powerful organ will support healing for a mother after giving birth.
Some known benefits to taking placenta pills include reducing post-birth bleeding, replenishing and balancing essential hormones and nutrients, reducing stress and post-partum depression, increasing energy and promoting a healthy milk supply. After one year, left over placenta pills can be frozen and saved for use during menopause, because of their beneficial effect on hormones.
The placenta is dried, distributed into capsules and digested by the mother. It is best if the encapsulation process is started within three days after the birth to ensure its potency. Depending on the pregnancy (size of baby and gestation) and the capsules size, a placenta will produce between 75-200 pills.
Although it may vary (depending on the guidance of your Certified Placenta Specialist), the dosage can be 2-3 pills 2-3 times a day for two weeks, or 2-3 pills as needed. The one exception is that placenta pills should never be consumed if a woman has a fever, cold or other illness. The TCM reasoning behind this is that the placenta capsules may feed the infection rather than feed the body.
The potency and quality of each placenta will be different because it is made uniquely, by you. That said - it is still important to follow the recommended instruction of your Placenta Specialist. Taking the correct dosage, properly storing the capsules and stopping usage when ill are dependent factors on experiencing the best results. .
If you are considering having your placenta encapsulated, it’s important to do your research. Talk to your doctor, mid-wife or doula. Ask for a recommended trained and certified Placenta Specialist. No decision is too small when it comes to you and your baby. Take your time so that you are knowledgeable, confident and comfortable in your choice.