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Women have reported:
- Increased milk supply
- A more balanced postpartum mood
- More energy
- Reduced recovery period
- Balancing of hormones
- Reduction in postpartum bleeding
- Replenishes depleted iron stores
- Reduced pain
- A happier postnatal period!
When the placenta is expelled following delivery of your baby, the hypothalamus forgets to restart producing Corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH) for a short time, women have been found to then have very low levels of CRH which can cause women to feel depressed. Scientists have discovered that the placenta contains hormones that inhibit stress and trigger the release of Endorphins (Ennings,2011). In non-pregnant women the Hypothalamus produces a stress reducing hormone , CRH, which in turn releases other hormones including Cortisol into the blood, Cortisol balances our blood sugars and maintains our blood pressure which in turn helps us cope with stress. The placenta secretes and stores CRH at high levels in preparation for the third trimester to help us cope with labour and birth (Discover, 1995 & Nezi et al 2011). Ingestion of the hormone rich placenta is hypothesized to bridge the gap until the hypothalamus kicks into action again and starts to produce CRH again (Shrief, 2011). Studies have shown that fresh placenta is rich in nutrients and hormones such as estrogen, progesterone and growth hormone (Jeffe, 2016).
Studies have proven that the symptoms of post-natal depression are linked with a severe lack of essential nutrients such as iron, vitamin B6 and hormones including CRH (stress reducer hormone), all of which are in high supply in the placenta. Some maintain that boosting a mother’s iron stores in the postpartum period will result in more energy and consequently less postnatal depression (PND) (Berwald, 2010).
Armstrong (2016) stated that consuming placenta pills as a daily supplement has been praised for its power to ward off postnatal depression, increase energy levels and boost milk supply and is rapidly becoming a growing trend with celebrities who are promoting the benefits they felt from encapsulating their placentas. In many different cultures placentas have been used for many centuries, either eaten raw, made into a tincture’s or dried into a powder and used to treat many ailments and illnesses (Enning, 2011).
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