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Tuesday, June 28, 2011


I keep raising the bar on my level of crunchy (see: hippie, alternative, nutty?). It started small with considering cloth diapers and has now come to me ingesting my own placenta.

Never thought I would say this. And proudly. Why? Because it works.

After I had Olivia I did suffer a temporary funk. And a milk under supply. And an overall new mom haze. When I heard of placenta encapsulation to ward off the post partum blues and help increase milk supply (plus more benefits) I didn't think much of it. The $250 it costs in San Diego wasn't worth it at the time when I was still pregnant and the new baby expenses just kept piling up.

My placenta: Cleaned, dried, and put into capsules.

This time around I knew I had to do it. It was worth a shot, definitely worth trying if it meant I could feel like myself sooner after having the baby. Around my 8th month a nice mama I met at a cloth diapering meeting asked me if I considered encapsulating my placenta. She told me she did hers with a friend and that after four kids could strongly attest to the benefits. Then, she offered to do mine. SCORE. I offered to pay her because I wanted to be 100% sure it would get done.

I took it as soon as I got home from the hospital and I have to say, I do not have the haze. The fuzzy, gray feeling that would come and go when Olivia was born. Lots of milk. More energy. My body is returning to homeostasis quicker because I am replenishing it with the minerals and hormones it lost when my placenta was removed. That ugly organ is actually a masterpiece of nature, the sustaining life source of Mila in my body. Blows my mind.

Lots of people are grossed out at the thought. They called it cannibalism. Really? As you chomp on fried chicken you tell me you are grossed out? Regardless, like I said, it works. I'd totally eat it in a sandwich if it meant I would feel this NORMAL so soon. I am sure there is still so much more we do not know about human placenta ingestion. Many mammals eat theirs instinctively after giving birth. It has been used all over the world, especially in Chinese medicine, for centuries.

I recommend it.

Cannibal Val


The Garlick's said...

Rock on. I'm all for it. I even had a friend who cut hers into little pieces, froze them, and threw chunks of it into strawberry-banana smoothies. I don't know if I'd go that far, but whatev. I hope to have mine encapsulated too, but I'm so lazy I haven't gotten around to contacting the placenta people!!

Eliska Bobeeska said...

I love your post. I also wanted to add that I have heard that ALL mammals (other than humans?) ingest their placentas?? I haven't verified it though. The other thing is that I've heard it's not so hard to do yourself. There are many websites out there, really all you need is a dehydrator and it's helpful to have a machine that fills the pills up with the powder. I'm planning on encapsulating mine this time as well. I'm so happy to hear how much it's helped you! xo

Adriana said...

im doin it with my next one!

flyrish said...

Just came across this as I'm considering placenta encapsulation myself. So nice to hear that you're reaping the benefits of it. Now that it's been a few weeks, have you noticed any other changes? Any side effects that aren't so positive? Just curious! I'm due in 6 weeks with my 2nd and would love to have more energy this time around.