Eating placenta is no longer just a trend among scientologists: There is a little something called placenta encapsulation that many celebrities are trying out.

And we have some news for you: You can do it as well!

The Kardashians, Mad Men actress January Jones or Batman & Robin actress Alicia Silverstone are all stars who used placenta encapsulation to speed up their recovery after giving birth. And now, you can do it too!

 

What is placenta encapsulation and why is it done?

And why is placenta encapsulation done? Well, as you can imagine, eating your own placenta must not be a piece of cake. Placenta encapsulation makes it easier: you won’t have to chew it or taste it, and you can even forget what’s the secret ingredient of those little pills you’re taking. It consists in dehydrating the placenta, grinding it into powder and putting it into pills or capsules.

What are the benefits of taking placenta pills? 

Those in favour of placentophagy (that is, eating your placenta), state that it has countless benefits for the new mum – and you will get them after placenta encapsulation as well. The placenta contains many hormones that can help recover from childbirth in many ways, as well as iron: lack of iron after birth is related to fatigue and anxiety, which are related to postpartum depression. Other hormones help the uterus shrink back to its original size, as well as to prevent bleeding. 

Where can I find a place that does placenta encapsulation? 

In the UK, there are some companies who can do the placenta encapsulation for you, and professionals that will come to your home to do it. If you decide to send your placenta, keep in mind that you will have to follow certain regulations so the placenta arrives in good conditions: you will have to store it on ice, below 8 degrees during a maximum of 12 hours, and in strict hygienic conditions. The company you contact will give you the necessary instructions.

Can I do placenta encapsulation myself?

Yes, it is possible for you to do it at home – and cheaper. If you do a bit of online research you will find some blogs that will explain how to do it without the help of a professional, step by step. Besides, if you’ve decided to have a natural birth, you should know that some doulas and independent midwives also know how to do it – They could help you do it, or even do it themselves for an extra fee.

However, if you decide to do it at home, keep in mind that it will have to be done in the next 48 hours after giving birth, and that the placenta will have to be treated in a special manner as soon as you start birthing it: it will have to be in a sterilised surface, and so on. This means that if you plan on trying placenta encapsulation, either by yourself or with the help of a midwife or a professional company, you should start thinking about it with time so you can do the necessary arrangements.

How is the process of placenta encapsulation like?

First, your placenta will be dehydrated and then grinded into a powder. That powder will be later introduced in capsules that will look exactly the same as any vitamin supplements.

What if I don’t want to do it?

Well, this is a new trend that has benefits according to some – and that it’s just unnecessary according to others. Truth is, women have recovered from childbirth for centuries without eating their own placenta, and they have been fine. 

Some of the counter-arguments of the detractors of placenta encapsulation are that animals don’t just eat their placenta for their supposed benefits, but to erase the traces of blood that could attract predators and thus protect their offspring. They also state that there is little scientific evidence that supports the existence of said benefits. Some experts go even further and said that it’s not a good idea, since the placenta works as a filter between mummy and baby, and may contain pernicious toxins. However, many mums claim it works - But if you don’t want to do it, your will recover just fine as well.

So, are you willing to try placenta encapsulation now? Whether the benefits are real or not, the important thing is that you do what you think is best – at least, with placenta encapsulation you won’t need to have a bad time at the table!