I’ve given birth to 4 little ones in the last 7 years, but this last time I did something different – I had my placenta encapsulated.
I hadn’t really heard much about this process until 2 years ago. I thought it was interesting but didn’t give it a lot of thought. I’m guilty of throwing this into the “crunchy mom” category – NOT that there’s anything wrong with this but I’d just never thought of myself that way (clearly I’m adapting, ladies)
Then I started to see other mommy bloggers write about their experiences and RAVE about its effects – more energy, better mood balance & faster recovery postpartum. And these were women I wouldn’t have considered to be the “crunchy mom” types either… Um, excuse me, where the heck do I sign up?!
I found a local Doula who was also certified in placenta encapsulation and signed up for her services 2 months before my due date. “With my postpartum history, I could really use this,” I told my husband. “Whatever makes you happy, my love – as long as I’m not the one swallowing the pills!” My brave Knight.
Can I tell you something, ladies? I’m pissed I didn’t do this the first 3 times? It was exactly as other mommas had described – I had more energy, fewer mood swings (and they were shorter too) and even though this was the largest baby I’ve delivered (this nugget was 11 lbs), I had the QUICKEST recovery.
I can admit – part of the speedy recovery time could be that my body is getting used to this pregnancy and delivery thing; but I’ve also seen mommas who’ve had their recoveries get a bit tougher with each delivery (and my first 3 were all more or less on par with each other).
Would I do it again? In a heartbeat. If you have the resources available to you (someone in your area who is trained & reputable, and the funds to hire them), I highly recommend you consider placenta encapsulation for your next birth.
My encapsulation was done by the lovely Nova of wombservice.com.
Brightest Blessings, -Cory Gunn, CCH