The placenta benefits
- Stem Cells and growth factors: Hematopoietic Progenitor stem cells, Hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) and Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are the placentas rich stem cells. stem cells have the amazing potential to develop into many other cell types which can help repair damaged cells of any kind.
- Oestrogen, Progesterone, Testosterone: Help developing mammary glands in preparation for lactation. They also balance postpartum mood, reduce depression, stabilises post-birth uterine cramping and normalise and stimulate libido.
- Prolactin: Great boost for mothering instincts. Prolactin also helps promote lactation thus increasing mothers milk supply.
- Oxytocin: Enhances the breastfeeding let-down reflex, helps prevent the production of stress hormones such as Cortisol, is extremely effective in reducing post-partum bleeding, decreases after pains and increases bonding between mother and baby.
- Thyroid Stimulating Hormone: Regulates the thyroid gland, increases energy and helps with general recovery after birth.
- Placental Opioid-Enhancing Factor (POEF): Reduces pain, increases general well-being and stimulates the production of your bodys natural opioids to include endorphins. A perfect placenta benefit
- Corticotropin Releasing Hormone (CRH): Low levels of CRH are related to postpartum depression. Increasing your CRH will help prevent depression after birth.
- Cortisone: Promotes healing and reduces inflammation and swelling, a great placenta benefit.
- Interferon: Improves the protective defences of the immune system to fight infection.
- Prostaglandins: Helps uterus return to its pre-pregnancy size, regulates contractions in the uterus after birth and has anti-inflammatory properties.
- Iron: Increases energy and decreases fatigue and depression. Restocks maternal iron stores to combat anaemia which is a very common postpartum condition.
- Haemoglobin: Is an oxygen-carrying molecule which provides a boost in energy.
- Urokinase Inhibiting Factor and Factor XIII: Stops bleeding and encourages wound healing which is a great benefit to taking placenta pills.
- Immunoglobulin G (IgG): Theses antibodies help the immune system. A great placenta benefit
- Human Placental Lactogen (hPL): This hormone has lactogenic and growth-promoting properties; promotes mammary gland growth in preparation for lacta-tion in the mother. It also regulates maternal glucose, protein, and fat levels.
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Why should pregnant mothers consider consuming their placenta after birth?
Decreased Risk of Post-Partum Depression
One theory is based on the fact that the motherâ€™s hormones, progesterone in particular, plummet after birthing her baby. Placentas are filled with this hormone, and can help replace and re-balance this loss (and all of the other hormones created through pregnancy and labor that are now present in the placenta). The placenta also secretes a significant amount of Corticotropin-Releasing Hormone (CRH), which is a stress reliever, during the third trimester. We also know through research that lack of iron is a contributing factor in postnatal depression. As your placenta is full of iron your body has produced you are able to absorb the iron much more efficiently than any over the counter iron tablet.
Reduced Risk of Post-Partum Anaemia
We lose blood after birth, and continue to lose blood for several more weeks. Some women may even haemorrhage. Placentas are a blood-filled organ, so encapsulation may help increase blood iron levels.
Increase in Breast milk Production
Placentas contain prolactin-like hormones at birth, so are thought to be a lactogen. They have small amounts of oxytocin, which not only eases birth stress, but also causes the smooth muscles around the mammary cells to contract and eject milk. In fact, in 1954 researchers conducted a study on 210 women with insufficient milk supply. These women were given dried placenta to consume, and in just a matter of days, 86% of them had a positive increase in milk supply. (Placenta as a Lactagogon; Gynaecologia 138: 617-627, 1954).
Reduction in Post-Partum Bleeding
High levels of prostaglandins exist in the placenta, which stimulates involution (the shrinking of the uterus to its former size). This may help reduce or stop postpar-tum bleeding (also reducing anaemia), and cleans out the uterus. The oxytocin in the placenta may also be a factor in reducing or stopping bleeding.
Pain Relief and Faster Healing
Since the placenta still contains opium-like substances from childbirth, it may reduce the level of pain a mother feels postpartum. The amount of blood, vitamins, minerals, and protein in the placenta may be of great benefit to the mother consuming it, as it will give her more energy and replenishment. This can be particularly helpful to vegetarian mothers. Yes, vegetarians consume their placentas too!
Continued Assistance for Later Use
Placenta tincture is a remedy which will help you during your menopause. Although you will read about women saving their TCM placenta capsules, realistically you will not have enough to support you through your menopause. Placenta Tinctures come in 300ml which will really help you through your menopause. Some mothers have reported that the placenta tincture has helped them get through emotional struggles that come into their lives years after having a baby, hormonal ups and downs when they begin to menstruate again, and even with the hormonal fluctuations of menopause.
Placenta Tincture may help:
- great for returning menstrual cycles
- regulating menstrual cycles
- help naturally replacement hormones during menopause
- balance your hormones during monthly premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
- help prevent hot flashes, palpitations and mood swings
- help prevent postpartum depression
- ease anxiety and emotional distress
Placenta capsules have been reported by mothers to:
- significantly reduce post-birth bleeding
- encourage a quick and healthy milk supply
- replenish essential hormones such as oxytocin and CRH (stress reducer)
- replenish essential nutrients such as vitamin B6 and iron
- reduce stress levels
- prevent the baby blues and post-partum depression
- leave new mothers feeling calmer
- give new mums the energy to cope with a busy day
Tip: I strongly recommend you plan to keep your placenta, whether or not you ultimately choose to have it encapsulated you want to keep your options open. The sooner you process the placenta after birth, the fresher and more potent it will be. Placenta capsules will help you get through those first transitional weeks when your hormones are imbalanced and you are establishing breastfeeding. Delaying the decision to encapsulate your placenta is still far better than not having that choice anymore!