No, I did not go Kourtney Kardashian and bake my placenta and serve it for dinner. I encapsulated my placenta after my sons birth and I'm so glad I did.
I was made aware of PPD (postpartum depression) via blogs and friends well before I became pregnant. To be completely honest this mood disorder always terrified me. I am an emotional being, a true cry baby. I cry when I'm happy, sad, angry, for no reason or for every reason. I have always been aware of my sensitive nature so I knew for sure that no matter how my pregnancy went I had the potential to be a complete wreck both during my pregnancy and after I had my son. Just my luck I had a very emotionally challenging pregnancy and I knew I had to get on top of things before PPD hit me hard.
During my pregnancy I researched ways to avoid PPD if possible and the midwives at my birthing center were also of great assistance because they were well versed in the matter. Around 35 weeks pregnant I took a required survey about how I was feeling within the last 7 days. I was very honest and just as I thought, the survey concluded that I had a high risk of being one of the many women who develop PPD. I knew that I had to do something in that moment because just like for my labor and delivery, I wanted to be able to be completely present for my son once he was in my care.
I heard about eating your placenta in the celebrity world, but I honestly thought it was some crazy fad until I researched it myself. Some benefits of consuming your placenta include:
-Helps regulate hormonal imbalances and moods
-Increases milk supply and maternal instinct
-Restoration of iron levels
Now, there are very mixed reviews about the research behind consuming your placenta. Some believe it's nothing more than a placebo effect, it's all in the mind. I for one am one of those people who believes anything natural that can help us humans will never be advertised because it takes away money from drug companies anyway. One thing is for sure, this practice dates back to centuries ago. In fact, of the 5,000 species of mammals majority consume their placenta. I cannot and will not ever give medical advice, all I can do is share my experience and I felt amazing during my postpartum period. Being a mother of a newborn was still extremely challenging and many things still occurred during this period that could have and should have broke me but it didn't! I felt great and so in love with my son.
If you are considering consuming your placenta please do your research and talk to your doctor. If you read this post with complete disgust and think it's borderline cannibalism, you should see my dried umbilical cord i kept its shaped to spell out "Love". Lastly, postpartum depression is real and I am so fortunate to have not experienced it. Mamas if you think you are experiencing postpartum depression please seek help. And advice to everyone who's around new mamas, take it easy and be nice because being a new mother is hard in itself.