I’d like to share this guest post from Sarah Harding, one of my fabulous clients. She gave birth to twins this summer, and used placenta capsules again. Congratulations on now having three wonderful daughters, Sarah!
“There are several things you can do with your placenta after you deliver it,” advised our Childbirth Lamaze teacher at Well Rounded Momma in Las Vegas, NV. She said, “You can consume it—”
“You can do what?” I asked, trying not to let my jaw drop too low.
“You can consume it or eat it,” she repeated. “There is a terrific program called Placenta Benefits,” she explained, that dehydrates your baby’s placenta, grinds up the nutritious tissue, and then puts it in a pill form. So you take your placenta, like you do vitamins.”
Hmm, hearing it this way, encapsulating your placenta didn’t sound quite as cannibalistic as I had originally presumed. I’ve certainly been open to natural herbs, supplements, amino acids, vitamins, etc while training for Ms. Fitness USA competitions and performing as a professional acrobat for Cirque du Soleil. Despite my initial doubts, I decided to try it. Little did I know, choosing to consume my daughter’s placenta would be one of the healthiest choices I ever made for my family.
Contacting Jodi Selander at Placenta Benefits and encapsulating my daughter’s placenta launched my motherhood journey in a positive direction. My placenta pills provided just another “safety check” for Mom so I could have more energy, combat the baby blues, rebalance my hormones, have more breastmilk, and enjoy parenting! Upon taking the placenta pills, I immediately felt a boost of energy that even provided clarity in thought. And Goodness knows, clarity is not always something that accompanies a new mother!
Also, there was never a question of my milk supply waning. Boy, did I have more than enough! (Imagine a breastmilk shooting Austin Power’s Fem-Bot.) I nursed my daughter until she was two and I was four-months pregnant with twins. The only reason I stopped nursing was I needed more energy for my pregnancy. Of course, I must admit, my growing tender breasts helped reinforce my decision. Thankfully, with the help of my placenta pills, I never had to consider weaning due to a lack in breastmilk production.
As a new mother with a boost in energy, clarity, and milk supply, I felt inspired to resume my active lifestyle. I wore my baby in the Moby Wrap and began creating my own Pilates program for Parents called, Asobi Sport™ Family Fitness. My babywearing Pilates workouts could make parenthood and exercise symbiotic. I was so excited to share this program with other parents and show them they didn’t have to sacrifice their health in order to tend to their little one. Of course, I couldn’t do this if my energy, confidence, and physical health were compromised. Who knows what would have happened if I hadn’t started my motherhood journey on such a healthy note by consuming my baby’s placenta. I do know it took a week before we could retrieve Emma’s placenta from the hospital and start the encapsulation process. During this first postpartum week, I scared myself with how often I burst into tears and lashed out at my husband. I felt significantly better once consuming my placenta pills.
Thank goodness I gave Placenta Benefits, a try! I now tell my Asobi Sport™ clients encapsulating your placenta is a lot like getting your harness checked before bungee jumping for Cirque du Soleil. You never jump without going through the various safety precautions first. If you skip a safety check, then you’re risking a potentially devastating outcome. These extra safety measures give you that added comfort that despite the various twist and turns that may occur during your trek, you can perform your journey safely and even enjoy the ride.
Whether you’ve bungee jumped or not, I think most Moms would agree, motherhood can be a tumultuous ride! You will want to do everything in your power to anticipate those challenges, prepare for risks, and create a support system to prevent them all together, if possible. I can’t tell you what every Momma’s “motherhood bungee jump” will look like. But I can tell you with the help of Placenta Benefits, you are empowering yourself and your family to ensure a healthier ride!
I look forward to using the services of Placenta Benefits again soon when I give birth to my twin girls. Goodness knows, I will need all the energy I can get! Thanks PBi! You are helping women replenish, nurture, and thrive.