I encourage clients to follow their intuition with dosage.
As a starting point, try two capsules, three times a day with meals for the first two weeks, then slowly (and intuitively) decrease down to one per day. Some clients find they can’t take the capsules at night because they’re too invigorating. Some will find two not enough. We are all different and have different needs.
When I was having my children, placenta encapsulation was not a thing yet. Yes, women were eating their placentas, and yes, people have been doing it for as long as they've been having babies. But this simple, more palatable form wasn't available then. I considered slicing my placentas into 'pea-sized' pieces and freezing them. The recommendation was to take a 'placenta pea' each day, again following instincts as to how many were needed to support optimal transition. But after both my births I was too focused on my babies to even think about processing my placentas in this way. I needed a placenta person to do this for me.
I have met wise midwives who offer clients a slice of their placentas inside their cheek to help stem heavy bleeding post birth. But I've never tried it. It's certainly something I would offer my clients in conjunction with allopathic and complementary medicine, such as herbs and homeopathics.
Ibu Robin Lim's book, Placenta: the forgotten chakra is a great read and so full of heart, soul and knowledge. She writes with reverence about the placenta and also offers her best recipes for placenta consumption!
“Many women are choosing nature’s simple remedy to help rebalance their body, mind and soul; replenish their bodies with vital nutrients and hormones; and encourage an easeful recovery from birth.”
Your placenta is truely is an incredible organ! It's the only organ that we grow and shed, and grow again. I believe that throughout human history, the placenta has been honoured as a powerful and sacred organ, and as a medicine for postpartum. It's healing and nourishing properties can continue to be utilised after baby's birth, to nurture the new mother as she transitions to motherhood.
What are the benefits of placenta?
Most women who consume placenta report:
A strong sense of vitality, health and wellbeing sooner after birth.
A decrease in the incidence, intensity and length of the ‘baby blues’ and postnatal depression.
Less bleeding and pain in the weeks following birth.
An increased milk supply.
A happy, more peaceful postpartum.
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