I've seen this talked about on a few other boards and thought I would address it here to see if anyone else is going to be doing it. I decided on it pretty early because as someone who has anxieties and bipolar, anything natural I can do to ward off postpartum depression is worth trying. I really don't want to have to jump back on Rx medication after working so hard to get off them to get pregnant.
For those who don't know, Placenta Encapsulation is the process of drying, crushing and encapsulation your placenta into a nice little supply of pills that is supposed to (among other things) ward off postpartum depression, increase energy and stimulate milk flow (something I may also need after dealing with PCOS).
I was a little irked when my midwife first mentioned it, but the more I have looked into it, the more it absolutely makes sense (especially for me) since it is basically reintroducing all the vitamins and nutrients you lose during labor. But I have to say when I read recently about January Jones coming forth as someone who practiced this after her recent birth and the serious (and incredibly rude) backlash people where responding with, I was just so disheartened in people.
~*Sophia Taylor 8/20/12*~
I had the same issue too. My saving grace was that I could stomach the capsule plan. But yeah, I can understand that being te make or break it for a lot of women.
~*Sophia Taylor 8/20/12*~
I read about this and was really interested. I had nearly forgotten about when we heard something on the radio about and DH thought it was a really good idea. I have no idea what you need to do for it though. I think if the hospital would allow my OB would be down with it, he is pretty laid back on most things.
Interesting, I actually never heard of that before... I dont think I would want to do it... I am more on the crazy side while I am pregnant - seriously, mood swings like no other and meltdowns and all and while I am tired and exhausted afterwards, in my last two pregnancy/births I havent experienced any post partum issues. I think it would be worth looking into if you were concerned about that so sounds like with you doing your research you are on the right track - at least to see if its something that fits you and would be beneficial.
I am trying to find someone around here to do it for me. I know it's very possible and I've heard fairly easy to do it yourself but I know I won't have time with a new baby. I've talked to a LOT of ladies that have encapsulated their placenta and NOT ONE of them has ever been sorry they did. One friend had so much energy after her baby was born I accused her of being on drugs, she assured me placenta pills were her only drug I have never had PPD out of 3 kids but I don't want to take the chance now that I know I can naturally stave it off just in case. This is going to be a very trying time for us, going from 3 to 4 kids at the beginning of a new school year with DD1 starting high school and DS going to a new preschool. I'm going to take ALL THE HELP I CAN GET
So, in other words, I CAN'T WAIT!
How would you go about finding someone or someplace that does that??
Honestly, I've thought about it, too... I have been on anxiety medication for the last few years, and I stopped cold turkey with them when I was about 6 weeks (mainly because I was so sick I couldn't stomach taking ANYTHING, even tiny meds!). Luckily, the pregnancy seems to have staved off my anxiety - I've only had ONE anxiety attack since stopping the meds, and it didn't turn into a full-blown panic attack - I was able to control it. And that was last week, so I went months without meds or attacks. But I have a feeling that once the baby is born, if I don't do something, I will be a MESS. I really, REALLY don't want to go back on the meds when I'm nursing if I can help it AT ALL, so I thought about this placenta thing.
DH thinks the whole thing is disgusting with January Jones... I haven't mentioned that I'm thinking about it. *sigh* I'm just not sure how to handle it. Any thoughts?