Is your placenta in your birth plan?
Benefits of placenta capsules :
· Ward off postpartum depression
· Increase milk supply
· Replenish depleted iron
· Increase energy level
· Balance hormones
· Reduce post-natal bleeding time
· Speed recovery time
Medical research shows that your placenta is extremely nutrient rich, high in iron, protein, vitamins and minerals, including vitamin B6 and of course, your own natural hormones, making it perfectly made for you, by you. Experts agree that the placenta retains such important hormones, and thus reintroducing those hormones back into your system after birth balances major fluctuations.
Placenta capsules also help your baby (and you down the road) by:
· Building a strong immune system for baby if breastfeeding
· Calming any type of trauma or life transition
· Helping with weaning
· Regulating hormones during menopause for the mama (when kept in the freezer)
This stuff sounds pretty powerful right?
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"Look down at your navel. There is undoubtedly a small depression or scar left by the detachment of your umbilical cord, right at the center of your body. This is a permanent mark, a souvenir reminder of your placenta, which was crucial to your development as an embryo and fetus.” Robin Lim
Hormones and the Placenta
The placenta is an endocrine organ, meaning it is a hormone producing organ. The placenta begins producing hormones at 6-8 weeks gestation to help sustain pregnancy. These hormonal levels continually increase during pregnancy, and by the third trimester there are 3 times the normal level of hormones in an expectant mother’s system. By 4-5 days postpartum, these hormone levels will drop to below normal. This is a huge fluctuation going from 3 times the normal level to below normal hormonal level, and this is where the healing properties of the placenta come into play.
Hormones, Vitamins, and Minerals are found in the placenta:
• Prolactin: promotes lactation
• Oxytocin: for pain and bonding; also known as the “love” hormone
• Interferon: stimulates the immune system to protect against infection
• Thyroid Stimulating Hormone: boosts energy and helps recover from stressful events
• Cortisone: combats stress and unlocks stores of energy
• Hemoglobin: replenishes iron deficiency and anemia
• Gammaglobulin: immune booster that helps protect against postpartum infections
• Urokinase Inhibiting Factor & Factor XIII: stops bleeding and enhances wound healing
These are just a few of the powerful healing hormones that the placenta produces, so doesn’t it make sense to safely welcome these hormones back into your system as well as your baby’s through your breast milk?