I was talking with my midwife recently about my fear of getting Postpartum depression. I’ve been so depressed this pregnancy, that I am legitimately concerned about hitting a major low after giving birth. I would like to avoid taking anti-depressants, if possible, and breast feed for a year, like I did with Ari.
My midwife asked me this:
“Have you considered placenta encapsulation?”
I paused for a moment and then replied:
“I don’t even know what that means.”
She went on to tell me that it is possible to take one’s placenta, after birth of course, dry it out, condense it into capsules, and take them like vitamins. My midwife has seen these placenta pills help women combat postpartum, and work wonders with PMS.
It makes sense, when you think about it, ingesting your placenta. With the exception of humans, mammals automatically eat their placenta after birth.
I’m not going to do this process on my own, but rather I’ve hired a doula who specializes in placenta encapsulation to prepare the capsules for me.
I will let you know if these placenta pills are magical mood lifters or not.