Baby Blues: Is this a jazz song? No, no, it is the small name given for the enormous feelings that accompany radical hormone & life change after birth.
For 9 months a small person grew in our bodies. Slow, yet quick, our hormones shift to hold on to the baby, to give baby priority of nutrients, to build a placenta. Later, the baby’s head nuzzles against our cervix initiating contractions, and finally, our cervix ripens. Pregnancy can feel like a one way train to the tunnel of birth, the only way through it is through it. And then suddenly, we are through it. There’s an explosion of oxytocin if we're lucky. But then, more quickly this time, our body changes again. Hormones adjust to breastfeed. Our body is no longer pregnant. The uterus that grew over 9 months time shrinks significantly in just 24 hours. Some things in life aren’t meant...
There is something I am afraid to tell my clients, an answer to a question often asked that makes me want to hide.
"Does eating my placenta prevent Postpartum Depression"?
Internally I gasp and externally I bumble. I feel as if I am supposed to pull a coin from behind your ear and we all laugh wholesomely and skip off into the daisies.
I hate this question because I ingested my placenta after all three of my births and I experienced postpartum anxiety and depression after all three births.
There is little research into this question, or any other benefits or risks of placentaphagy. There are no scientific studies to claim placenta encapsulation as a remedy for postpartum mood disorders. However, many mothers self-report that they felt less depression and more positive energy when they ingested their placenta capsules. Placenta is used as hormonal therapy in other...