Placenta Encapsulation

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Placenta Encapsulation

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.

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This hasn't really even crossed my mind as something to do. I see no issues with those who want to do it; but, for ME, I just can't wrap my head around the fact that it's the contents of my placenta...

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 Biggrin 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 Smile

So, in other words, I CAN'T WAIT!

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I really want to do this, I've heard nothing but good things about it. I'm going to see if I can find someone who does it around me, I'll have to see the cost too. Damn budgets!

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"Allie01979" wrote:

I really want to do this, I've heard nothing but good things about it. I'm going to see if I can find someone who does it around me, I'll have to see the cost too. Damn budgets!

If you find someone, let me know! I'd be interested too. I'm not interested in doing it myself, but if someone would do it for me for a reasonable price I would totally be interested (that and I think it would freak out my IL's! Totally worth it! bahahaha!)

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"azin_may" wrote:

(that and I think it would freak out my IL's! Totally worth it! bahahaha!)

Always a bonus Biggrin
And same goes here too!

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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?

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Melissa- if there are any birthing centers, natural birthing groups, mom groups, midwives or birth educators around you that's where I'd start. I actually googled some of the bigger towns around my town for placenta encapsulation and got quite a bit of info.

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"azin_may" wrote:

If you find someone, let me know! I'd be interested too. I'm not interested in doing it myself, but if someone would do it for me for a reasonable price I would totally be interested (that and I think it would freak out my IL's! Totally worth it! bahahaha!)

LMAO oh TOTALLY!!!! My SIL would actually vomit; that in itself is the best reason to do it LOL

"Sweet Pea Twins" wrote:

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?

You don't have to tell DH that's what it is, jsut say it's a natural anxiety pill, which it is, you wouldn't be lying.

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it seems that in my area it costs $200. Someone will come to my house to pick up the placenta, encapsulate it and return it to me.

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Mine is costing $200 and she picks up the placenta and brings it back in capsule form plus she does a follow up visit to see how I am doing. My midwife turned me onto the idea and the woman doing it but I know you can look online as well for people in your area who do it. There are also tutorials to do it yourself with a food dehydrator but I'm planning to be busy with baby so I love someone else doing it (especially someone my midwife knows and trusts). I also got very lucky that my DH is very supportive and not creeped out at all. My mother warmed up to te idea after we talked about it and I don't really care what anyone else thinks. My father iscreeped out by it and thinks if it is not done in a lab then it must be a scam (lol!) but he knows Im going to do what I want and it's not his business to approve. I have had fun telling some of my friends J am going to eat my placenta and after the initial stare of shock and when I explain it, most have been supportie and curious which is awesome. My cousin and sister in law who both just had their kids say that they wish they had known about it because they would have been all over it.

And Sweet Pea, I would just do your research and give your husband the facts. Tell him you worked hard not to be dependant on rx meds and if this natural approach has a chance of helping you then it is worth trying. It is not like he has to take them. And definitly stress that on rx meds you would not be able to breast feed. Also it helps people I have told when I say (very truthfully) that I have only heard mothers who have done it SWEAR by it! I can honestly say I have not seen or heard one woman say she wishes se hadn't done it.

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how often would you take it? I've read that it can give you approx. 130 pills. Do you take 2 with every meal? LOL!

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The amount of pills varies depending on the size of te placenta but yeah, I have heard an average of 120-130. I don't know how many/often you take since I haven't talked to the "placenta lady" yet but I'm imagining one or two a day. Will update what I hear when I sit down with my "placenta lady".

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My MW has a brochure for someone who does it in town, so I would recommend at a MW's to start your search.

I found myself a little down after DS1 and DD's birth - nothing huge, but exhaustion and change in habits was a little tough, on top of frustration of BFing properly, etc... I didn't want to spend the money on encapsulation but thought the idea had merit. A little more thought from a biological background and I decided that drying the placenta would involve heat which could denature proteins and enzymes. With cost and that in mind, I put my "EW GROSS!" hat in the cupboard, chopped up the placenta, got DH to get a whole bunch of strawberries and bananas to mask the taste, and blended it in the blender. I think I drank 1/2 one day, and half the other (I refrigerated it) by plugging my nose and trying my best to think it was a banana-strawberry milkshake. The recipe I had almost masked the whole flavour...

On the other hand, I had no issues of feeling down after DS2's birth even though we had by far the most difficult time (FTT, breastfeeding, thrush, etc...)

So if you don't have the budget and you are able to compartmentalize the GROSS! factor, I would highly advise trying that. I have to admit that DH being on board helped a lot in terms of having a cheering squad.

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Cannot agree more that a supportive DH makes a WORLD of difference!!!!

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Since posting, I've found a whole bunch of people in my area who do this - a couple of them offer raw placental encapsulation, where the placenta is not steamed before dehydrating...

I can use the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) method for preparing your placenta, in which the placenta is steamed, dehydrated, ground and put into capsules or the raw method where the placenta is not cooked before it is dehydrated, ground and encapsulated.

It seems like that would definitely be more effective, as with anything, cooking it would decrease the nutritional value...

I'm thinking this seems MUCH more doable, now... thanks for the insight and advice, ladies!

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I need to find someone in my area who does this. I have anxiety very bad too and I think this will help me. From what I read in the January Jones thing she said "I pop one when I feel blue.." so maybe something you don't take daily but as needed?

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I'm planning to do this with my placenta this time around. DH has told me I can do what I like, just not to tell him about it. Wink He finds the idea gross. DS2's placenta is still in our freezer because I haven't decided what to do with it (we rent so I don't want to plant it here) and can't bring myself to toss it. DH said I was only allowed to have one placenta in the freezer at a time, so I figured I'd just encapsulate this one instead. Wink I wish I'd done it last time, too.

I have a friend who blended hers raw in her smoothies, which I know would be even more nutritional, but I just don't think I could stomach it, unfortunately.

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I don't mind if others do it...but for me...if it was meant to stay in me...it would.
I take prenatals after delivery and during nursing...so that is enough for me.

As for the question dealing w/ DH... He isn't taking them...if you want to do it...go for it. You baked that baby 9 months:0)

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So I talked to DH more about this last night and presented my reasoning for wanting to do it (not going back on my meds while I'm nursing), and he told me that if I thought it would help, he's with me 100%. YAY! So I've contacted a few doulas who do this, and am waiting to hear back from them before I decide on who to go with. Thanks for bringing this up, Christine, or I'm not sure I would have followed through with it, or had the guts to talk to DH!

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Melissa that's awesome!! It's so great to have support.

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"Sweet Pea Twins" wrote:

So I talked to DH more about this last night and presented my reasoning for wanting to do it (not going back on my meds while I'm nursing), and he told me that if I thought it would help, he's with me 100%. YAY! So I've contacted a few doulas who do this, and am waiting to hear back from them before I decide on who to go with. Thanks for bringing this up, Christine, or I'm not sure I would have followed through with it, or had the guts to talk to DH!

Lurker from July 2012------- I am in MN as well and I know a few ladies who encapsulate if you would like the info let me know Smile

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That's awesome Melissa!! It's always soooo helpful to have DH on board with decisions!!!

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Woah! I"m stoked! Here I was ready to shell out the money to have someone encapsulate my placenta, when my sister offered to learn how to do it and she's gonna do it for me!!

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Wow! That's really good of your sister to take that on! She must have quite the strong stomach! haha

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That's fantastic Alison! I could do it for someone else too, I just don't think I'm going to want to do it after giving birth Smile I don't think it's gross though. There's not a whole lot that can turn my stomach LOL

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and Al's sister is my BFF so she's doing mine too WOOT!!!

She's awesome, very little makes that woman queasy..well except a big juicy spider :razz: I think if it works out for her and us, she should start a little side business, she'd make a killing as there's very little in our area for something like that.

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Jordan FTW!!

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"Allie01979" wrote:

and Al's sister is my BFF so she's doing mine too WOOT!!!

She's awesome, very little makes that woman queasy..well except a big juicy spider :razz: I think if it works out for her and us, she should start a little side business, she'd make a killing as there's very little in our area for something like that.

OMG, that's awesome, ladies!!

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"Allie01979" wrote:

and Al's sister is my BFF so she's doing mine too WOOT!!!

She's awesome, very little makes that woman queasy..well except a big juicy spider :razz: I think if it works out for her and us, she should start a little side business, she'd make a killing as there's very little in our area for something like that.

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Jordan FTW!!

haha! WOOT WOOT!!

I plan on making teethers out of the umbilical cords for the new babies! Wink

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ok fine, but baby will only use it in the company of the IL's LOL

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"Allie01979" wrote:

ok fine, but baby will only use it in the company of the IL's LOL

Ditto!!

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"Allie01979" wrote:

ok fine, but baby will only use it in the company of the IL's LOL

ROFL OMG, you girls are hilarious!! HAHAH!!

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I plan on doing the encapsulation as well. After doing the research and talking with many ladies who have done it, it sounds like the best natural remedy for all things postpartum! We have a doula in our area who will either pick it up an drop the pills back off, or do it at your house for $150.
And as far as how many pills to take, I don't think there is a limit. If you are feeling more exhausted/depressed/anxious one day, then you take more. Don't think you can overdose on your own placenta Smile