The benefits of eating your placenta

If you are expecting a baby you may have come across placenta encapsulation and smoothies. You might be thinking about doing it yourself…

What is the placenta?
The placenta is an organ attached to the lining of the womb during pregnancy, and linked to the baby by the umbilical cord.

It passes oxygen and nutrients from the mother’s blood supply to the baby.

After the baby is born, more contractions will push the placenta out – or it will be lifted from the womb during a C-section.

What are the benefits of eating your placenta?
Eating your placenta, also known as placentophagy, offers numerous benefits. The placenta is rich in nutrients and natural hormones that help you recover more smoothly after birth, for example:

  • Help to re-balance your hormones
  • Replenish your iron levels
  • Help the uterus contract
  • Reduce post-natal bleeding
  • Increase breastmilk production
  • Increase your energy levels
  • Reduce chances of Post Natal Depression

There are many ways in which you can eat your placenta. It can be encapsulated, eaten raw or cooked.

You should consume your placenta within three days, or if it is frozen), six months.

Eating the placenta raw
Many women prefer eating it raw since the nutrients are not lost due to cooking. Raw placenta is prized for its rich iron supplies as well.

You can make a placenta into a smoothie, or just cut a few pieces off.

If you want your placenta encapsulated there is a service by IPEN who can do this for you, where smoothies range from £25 to encapsulation at £150…or you could simply do it yourself – if you read up on how to look after and prepare the placenta safely.

Magical Baby Moments

This article was written by Magical Baby Moments. Magical Baby Moments offers group hypnobirthing classes in Romford, and one-to-one classes across Essex and London.

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