The ingesting of the placenta, known as placentophagy, has been practiced for centuries. In recent years it has been gaining popularity. Because the placenta is rich in hormones, it is believed to have many benefits which help to ease the transition between pregnancy and postpartum. The placenta is generally encapsulated and taken by the mother daily during the postpartum period.
Potential benefits are:
- Increased milk supply
- Decrease in postpartum depression
- Reestablishment of iron levels in the blood
- Lessens postpartum bleeding
- An increase in energy
- Balance hormone fluctuations
- Tones the uterus
Each mother’s experience consuming the placenta is unique. Most experiences many of the benefits listed above, however occasionally mothers have reported a negative response, such as decrease in supply, rash or anxiety.