“Have you thought about getting your placenta encapsulated?”
Funnily enough, it was my chiropractor who asked the question and then told me about placenta encapsulation. She was pregnant the same time I was so we would trade birth stories/ideas.
Well, let me backtrack a bit. When I was pregnant with Bunny, Brian made a passing remark about eating my placenta after giving birth. My mom told me she could make an herbal soup out of it and that it would be really beneficial for healing. I’m not going to lie. I was completely grossed out and horrified. Plus, I had not heard or done any research about eating my placenta.
But this time around, when my chiropractor brought up placenta encapsulation, I was intrigued. She said that animals eat their placenta after giving birth, and supposedly it would help with things like increasing milk supply and preventing post-partum depression. I had issues with both previously, and wanted to prevent the same problems the second time around. Plus I liked the idea that my placenta would be turned into easy to swallow pill form. That was much more appealing than the image of eating chopped up bits of placenta floating in soup.
Along with getting my placenta encapsulated, I decided to get a placenta smoothie made. Yes, you read that right. Placenta smoothie. Yummy, huh?
Well, after giving birth, they put my placenta on ice into the styrofoam cooler we brought. Brian met up with the woman who would process it, and she met up with him in the evening with a strawberry placenta smoothie to give me. She took about 2 ounces of my placenta and mixed it up into this:
Not too bad! If you don’t think about it, that is. It tasted like a strawberry smoothie. When I received my placenta pills a couple of days later (I ended up with two bottles worth of pills), I noticed a “game-y” kind of smell, but other than that, not a big deal.
I have to say this recovery has been a lot easier (even though I gave birth to a much larger baby than the first go around), but it could be a combination of things. I had an unmedicated, natural birth too. There have been no feelings of post-partum depression (thank goodness), my bleeding/pain is not as severe, and I just feel a lot better overall.
I have no idea if any or all of the credit goes to the placenta-eating, but I would not hesitate to do it again.