The main reason for eating the placenta after childbirth is to return to the mother what the placenta “took” from her during pregnancy. That the placenta “takes” is of such magnitude, that is precisely the reason why women take vitamin and mineral supplements during pregnancy. As Constanza tells us, “the benefits of the placenta are very varied since it means an important contribution in both physical and emotional aspects”.
A very necessary element after delivery and highly present in the placenta is iron, this mineral prevents postpartum anemias, helps to recover nutrients and energy after blood loss.
One of the hormones present in the placenta is Oxytocin, known as “the love hormone”, which helps with the retraction of the uterus, which translates into less postpartum blood loss. It also stimulates milk ejection, produces a feeling of well-being for the mother and produces the effect of falling in love between the mother and her child, greatly benefiting from attachment and considerably reducing postpartum depressions.
In addition to this, “it is essential to emphasise that more than half of the composition of the placenta is vitamin K, considered a potent anti-hemorrhagic, which makes it very useful since one of the major factors of care after childbirth are precisely the haemorrhages, ”says a specialist.
All mammals, with the exception of the camel, regardless of whether they are carnivores or herbivores, eat their placenta after giving birth. And as they say, nature is wise, and more and more women pay attention to it because the placenta gives them energy, better mood, promotes breastfeeding, attachment, prevents postpartum depression, among other benefits.
Modes of use
The consumption of the placenta, in any of its forms, is recommended for every mother who wants to do it and feels that this system makes sense. It is not necessary to have a crisis to resort to this therapy since every mother after childbirth requires an injection of energy and nutrients that facilitate her recovery.
One way to consume the placenta is immediately after childbirth, in which fresh 1cm cubic is occupied within a red fruit smoothie. No taste or smell is perceived, but its effects, which as some moms have, are evident, especially in terms of energy injection.
Capsules are another alternative. They are achieved through a dehydration process, which does not occupy high temperatures, so its properties, vitamins, minerals, and hormones remain intact. Thus, 120 capsules are generated. Consumption depends on each mother, but it is generally recommended to take 1 capsule during the first 9 days after delivery. The rest can be saved for future events of blood loss, postpartum depression or breastfeeding crisis, among others. The capsules have a durability of 4 years approx.
Another form of use and conservation is to manufacture what is known as “mother tincture.” This is achieved by extracting the active components of the placenta with a method similar to that used with Bach Flowers. In this way, it is possible to develop a homeopathic remedy tailored to each mother. “Its effectiveness and duration (50 years under optimal conditions) are such that placental mother tinctures are recommended, in addition to the postpartum period, for episodes of hormonal changes, mainly in menopause.
The benefits are many, and so far there are no indications. While it is a personal issue, more and more people are turning to this therapy.