The following is a guest post for the series, “Speak-Up Mama!” The purpose of this series is to help Mamas have more compassion for one another regarding controversial decisions. In light of that, feel free to comment but please play nicely or your comment will be removed. Thank you to Kelly for her willingness to share her story!
I encapsulated my placenta. Huh, what? What does that mean? A couple of years ago I wouldn’t have had any idea what placenta encapsulation meant. Somewhere early in my pregnancy I heard about it and googled the term. Wait a minute, you eat your own placenta? I’m a vegetarian so this seemed even more unappealing. I was grossed out but intrigued. Why would someone do this? It turns out the benefits are very promising;
it minimizes postpartum bleeding, enhances milk supply and decreases risk of post partum depression. While there is no scientific proof, I decided that it would be worth the cost and the ick factor.