How Could Placenta help a postpartum woman?
The placenta contains a woman’s own natural hormones, as well as iron, protein and other nutrients, providing the means to replenish and nourish her body. Women who take placenta capsules report fewer emotional issues, have more energy and tend to enjoy a faster, more pleasant postpartum recovery. Placenta has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for centuries to treat fatigue and promote lactation. Research has found that placenta does significantly increase a woman’s milk production, and can affect a variety of chemicals in the brain.
Raw placenta may contain the following:
Estrogen, prolacin, oxytocin, cortisol. The placenta contains hormones that help the body recover from childbirth, increase milk-supply, manage stress and prevent depression and fatigue. If you are sensitive to hormonal changes, having placenta following childbirth may be enormously helpful in balancing your hormones and helping to keep you feeling stable and strong.
The iron present in placenta has greater bioavailability–the mother’s body can easily reabsorb it. Many women are low in iron during pregnancy and following childbirth and placenta may help rebuild your iron stores.
Nutrients and minerals:
Placenta contains other beneficial nutrients and minerals and is considered a superfood. Good postpartum nutrition is key in ensuring a successful recovery.
In January 2014, Amanda was featured in an article in the LA Times about the new law in Oregon, protecting a woman’s right to keep her placenta after a hospital birth. Read more here.