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Your placenta

Your placenta is a truly remarkable organ that was created by your body to sustain your baby.

 

Bringing a baby into the world, whilst joyous, can deplete your body’s energy and resources. As you adapt to this new phase, you may also experience some physical and mental challenges.

During and after a normal vaginal birth a new mother will lose between 1/8 to 1/10 of her body’s blood supply. The blood loss can be significantly higher with caesarean section births. This can leave a new mother feeling exhausted due to loss of iron which can result in anaemia.

Throughout your pregnancy, the placenta produces oestrogen and progesterone. During early postpartum, around 3-5 days after birth these hormones return to baseline levels. This is the biggest hormone change in the shortest space of time that any person will ever experience and it may lead to the so called ‘baby blues’. The drop in hormones can affect your mood – you may be weepy, feeling out of sorts, out of control or anxious.

This is where placenta remedies come into play. Their balancing and nutritional properties are reported to support the early postpartum recovery and healing by allowing a gradual rather than abrupt drop in hormone levels and supplying the mother with rich meaty iron, amino acids and essential fats. 

Placenta benefits

Many new mothers report the following benefits of placenta remedies:

Hormonal Balance

The placenta contains hormones such as oestrogen and progesterone, which can help replenish the mother's hormone levels after childbirth. This may help reduce the symptoms of baby blues and postpartum depression, and improve overall mood stability.

Nutrient Replenishment

The placenta is rich in various nutrients, including iron, vitamin B6, and other essential vitamins and minerals, which can help replenish the body’s stores that are often depleted during pregnancy and childbirth.

Increased Energy

Consuming the placenta is believed to help combat postpartum fatigue. The placenta is rich in iron, which can help prevent anaemia and boost energy levels.

Enhanced Mood

The hormonal benefits, including the presence of CRH (corticotropin-releasing hormone), might help to reduce stress and improve overall mental health, potentially reducing the incidence of postpartum depression.

Improved Milk Production

Some mothers report increased breast milk production after consuming placenta capsules. The hormones and nutrients in the placenta may encourage a quick and healthy milk supply.

Faster Healing

Some believe that the nutrients and growth factors in the placenta can help speed up the healing process after childbirth, aiding in tissue repair and recovery.

Pain Reduction

The placenta contains small amounts of oxytocin, which can help reduce postpartum pain by promoting uterine contractions and reducing bleeding.

Placenta remedies

Below are the remedies that I can create from your placenta. I am more than happy to discuss these with you if you need further information to help you decide which might be best for you.

I charge a standard fee of £20 for the collection of your placenta. I am based in East Devon and cover Exeter, East and Mid Devon, West Somerset, and West Dorset, including the hospitals of Exeter, Taunton, Dorchester, and Yeovil. If you live further away please contact me, I would be delighted to help you or signpost you to another placenta specialist in your area.

I have trained and been certified by the Independent Placenta Encapsulation Network. I hold the following certificates: Food Safety and Hygiene Certificate for Catering, Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP), Infection Control Certificate.

Any information that I provide is based upon experience, research, and client testimonials. New Mother Doula is not a medical body, and I do not claim to treat, cure, or relieve any symptoms. I would always advise you to seek advice from your GP or midwife if you experience any problems relating to your pregnancy or postpartum recovery.

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