A mother's placenta contains high levels of the tyrosine-based hormone Thyroxine. Thyroxine is produced by the thyroid gland and is one of the four hormones that are primarily responsible for the regulation of metabolism. Some women have reported returning to their pre-baby weight in half the time through placenta encapsulation, which is likely due to the levels of Thyroxine found in the placenta.
Postnatal depression (PND) or the 'baby blues' is a common problem, affecting approximately 1 in every 10 mothers every year. So how can placenta capsules help to avoid PND? Symptoms of PND are linked with the sudden lack of vital nutrients such as vitamin B6 and hormone CRH (a stress-reducing hormone). Both B6 and CRH are abundant in the placenta and, thus, ingesting it can bring a mother's levels back to a healthy level and ultimately stave off the baby blues.
A woman's placenta contains haemoglobin: a red protein that is responsible for transporting oxygen in the blood. Its molecule comprises four subunits, each of which contain an iron atom. Haemoglobin replenishes iron deficiency and anemia, both of which are common postpartum conditions. The benefits of increased iron levels include the eradication of fatigue.
There are a number of variables that can make it difficult for a new mother to lactate and produce a healthy supply of milk for their newborn, including post-natal depression. Mothers who have encapsulated and ingested their placenta have reported an increased milk supply and ease of lactation, enabling them to produce and provide an abundant supply of milk to their newborns.
Estrogen, Progesterone and Testosterone are just three of the hormones present in the placenta. As well as contributing to the development of the mammary gland, which aids lactation, these hormones are also said to promote a serene and stable postpartum mood. A happy mother, a happy partner and, more importantly, a happy child!
From a reduction in post-natal bleeding and anti-inflammatory properties, to the uterus returning to size faster and the promotion of wound healing, placenta encapsulation can help postpartum mothers to recover to full health and fitness faster after giving birth.
Oxytocin is responsible for infant bonding, happiness, natural pain relief, and helping the uterus return to it’s pre-pregnancy size faster. By consuming your placenta, your body is getting greater doses of oxytocin, and thus receiving more of the aforementioned benefits of the hormone. Prostaglandins, compounds found in the placenta which act like hormones and aid in recovery at sites of tissue damage or infection, also help to regulates contractions in the uterus after birth - helping the uterus return to its pre-pregnancy size faster.
The placenta consists of a number of different hormones, proteins, chemicals and vitamins that can lead to an increase in energy for postpartum mothers. Iron levels can be replenished, haemoglobin levels can be increased and an influx of Thyroxine can all help to boost energy levels and decrease many forms of fatigue.
As well as your physical health, your mental wellbeing is paramount to your full post-birth recovery. Something called Placental Opioid-Enhancing Factor (POEF) promotes the production of your body’s natural opioids, including endorphins. Endorphins are hormones secreted within the brain and nervous system and have a number of physiological functions, which can lead to a boost in mood and mental wellbeing.
New mothers have also reported a number of additional health and wellbeing benefits from placenta encapsulation, including:
✓ Balanced hormones
✓ Contribution to mother-infant bonding
✓ Reduced post-natal bleeding
✓ Improvement of intestine environment
✓ Decrease insomnia or sleep disorders
✓ Improvement in post-birth healing
✓ Pain relief
✓ Regulation of the autonomous system
✓ Improved circulation
✓ Promotes wound healing
✓ Decreased chances of hair loss
✓ Reduction in mood swings