The Process from Start to Finish + Why This Is So Important To Me This Pregnancy
I’m not sure if I’m proud or just more or less enjoy the rather odd line I walk as a “meat head-hippie mom” but either way; I’ve never been able to put myself into just one box and that’s the fun part of this whole “mom thing” for me!
But over the last year, I’ve found myself walking a little longer path with the “hollistic” side to my mom personality and it’s opened me up to essential oils, cloth diapers, meditation for me and the kids, annnd I’m going to eat my placenta when I deliver in April.
I mean not eat it, eat it; but ingest it.
I mean I’m going to ingest my placenta, plus some herbs, via a tiny pill that’s not all national geographic like, but actually really cool!
I’m assuming I’ve either intrigued you or grossed out at this point; but we’re following?
Good! Let me tell you a little more before you make up your mind just yet……
What is placenta encapsulation?
Placenta Encapsulation (PE) is basically the professional dehydration process of your placenta, put into capsules, to be ingested by pill form. I am using an encapsulator that has a new process that allows the placenta to be freeze dried; making sure to not loose a large portion of the enzymes, hormones, and nutrients that the process of dehydration can.
I’ve chosen to work with an amazingly talented midwife & nutritional herbologist, Rachel Talley from Living Mom Birth to not just encapsulate my placenta, but also add all natural herbal blends to my encapsulation process. Rachel is one of the only placenta encapsulators to use this process, as well as ship nationwide!
What are the benefits of placenta encapsulation?
Studies are showing that placental encapsulation can:
increase milk secretion
enhance and elevate mood
quickening of healing postpartum
decrease baby blues and postpartum depression
increase iron production
increase normal sleep patterns
increase in energy
Below are some of the other improvements women are claiming from placental ingestion:
Quickened uterine shrinkage
Decreased anxiety and worry
Feeling “normal” after delivery
Stronger connections between mom & baby and Mom & other family members
Increased milk supply
Quickened healing time
Less postpartum bleeding
Overall emotional/psychological sense of peace and well being
Why I’m choosing to encapsulate:
This will be my second child and although I feel like I’ve really hit my stride as a mother & coming into my own as I prepare to welcome our next baby; I’ll admit my journey as a mom wasn’t always so graceful.
I wasn’t educated on postpartum depression with my first baby and had I been, I would have probably recognized that I was experiencing more than just “baby blues” my first year postpartum.
Along with having PD, I suffered from very intense hormonal changes and hormonal deficiencies well into my second year after giving birth.
When speaking with my doctor and a hormone specialist, I was offered pharmaceuticals but never really hard solutions for my issues, and I believe all women have the right to make ANY choice for their bodies; but for me, that just wasn’t the answer I was looking for.
I began working with a holistic doctor and made great advances which really turned my attention to adding holistic wellness into my life where it made sense and as a proactive measure this pregnancy; I knew from day one that placenta encapsulation could possibly be a game changer for my postpartum journey this time around!
The best lesson I learned as a mother was knowing when to ask for help and for me, why wouldn’t I try encapsulation? I can use all the help I can get!
How does it work?
Before delivery, I’ll inform the staff that I will be encapsulating so they know keep the placenta for encapsulation. Upon birth, I’ll have a small cooler with ice on hand to store the placenta.
I will then call Rachel, my placenta encapsulator, and let her know I will be sending her the placenta using a special box and instructions she has mailed me previously.
My placenta will be encapsulated within 48 hours of me giving birth using a process that has 98-100% hormone, nutrient, and enzyme retention of the placenta, while also adding extra herbal remedies to help combat postpartum depression, fatigue, milk supply, and so much more!
Luckily, I’ve had Rachel by my side the entire process and found it to be not scary or gross at all; but I was actually empowered by the process! I have never seen the placenta as I do now, knowing how incredible it is to my body and my baby!
What is the cost to encapsulate your placenta?
Prices vary depending on what process you’d prefer. From my own research, most PE services cost between $150-$300 depending on location and service.
Many PE professionals do not have to be in your local area and you can ship your placenta nationwide to be encapsulated. I will be sending mine to Utah and loved the convenience of Living Mom Birth’s services!
Are there other ways to get these benefits without encapsulation?
While chatting with friends I’ve been asked this quite often and there are alternatives to placenta encapsulation:
You can eat it raw.
You can freeze it and cut pieces into a smoothie.
You can cook it along your favorite foods.
Even though I’ve heard placenta does not have much taste and many women love these alternatives to benefit from placenta ingestion; pill encapsulation was a go for me!
I’m so excited to give this process a try and let you all know what differences it made for my postpartum journey!
We are T minus 4-ish weeks away from baby Wilson’s due date so make sure to check back on the fam gram ( @alyshaawilson) to learn more about my encapsulation and all things baby!
You can learn more about placenta encapsulation + ask any questions at www.livingmombirth.com I cannot express what a wonderful experience it was working with Rachel; I highly suggest reaching out to her if you’re interested in the encapsulation process!
Make sure you drop your OWN experience with placenta encapsulation in the comments!