So this week I have heard more and more about placenta consumption – the thought alone makes me cringe!
I remember the first person to ever discuss this with me and I was repulsed at the suggestion of eating your own insides, however since that first conversation it seems to have become more socially acceptable with the Kardashians discussing it & people finding alternative methods of it
So I have been researching all about the placenta & thought I would share with you guys & see how you felt about it:
What is the placenta?
The placenta is an organ that connects the developing fetus to the uterine wall to allow nutrient uptake, waste elimination, and gas exchange via the mother’s blood supply, fights against internal infection and produces hormones to support pregnancy. ( wikipedia) – So pretty important huh?
Benefits of Placenta Encapsulation?
The placenta benefits the new mother by supplying incredibly rich meaty iron, amino acids and essential fats which we believe is the perfect replenishment following the ordeal of birth.
Stem cells and growth factors in the placenta play a key role in healing the wound left inside the uterus after birth by the separation of the placenta from the uterine wall. A mother will typically bleed for between 3 – 6 weeks after birth. This blood loss stems from where the placenta separated from the uterine wall. We have found however that mothers who consume their placenta after birth, particularly after consuming raw placenta in a smoothie or other, bleed significantly less e.g. usually much lighter bleeding for between just 5 – 10 days after giving birth.
The most important nutrients found in rich supply in the placenta include:
- Stem Cells and Growth Factors.
- Iron – essential for oxygen absorption in the cells.
- Vitamins B6 – aids in the making of antibodies.
- Vitamin E – for healing damaged skin cells.
- Oxytocin hormone – essential for facilitating birth and breastfeeding.
- Corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH) – responsible for reducing stress levels.
- Cytokines – Fibroblasts that trigger cell metabolism healing and replacing damaged cells and tissue.
Find out more here about a real Mom’s journey – it certainly inspired me! http://www.babycenter.com/101_placenta-encapsulation-see-how-its-done_10365559.bc