The Bachelorette and her placenta

Did you hear that Jillian Harris encapsulated her placenta? The former Bachelorette and interior designer just had a baby boy and is openly talking about consuming her placenta and how she feels after taking the capsules. She said that what she’s really noticed is how it has helped her deal emotionally with stressful situations. She feels that the placenta capsules have made her more grounded and calmer. It's also helped her maintain her energy levels and helped with milk production. She said she’s always supported alternative medicine and that she was instantly into the idea of placenta encapsulation. She felt that she didn’t have anything to lose! Now that she’s been taking them for a few weeks and has felt their effects, she said that she would do it all over again, too.

Which brings me a study done by the University of Nevada in 2013. The study asked a group of women who encapsulated their placentas what their motivation was in choosing to do it and how they felt after taking the capsules. The biggest reason women decided to encapsulate? To improve postpartum mood. The new mothers were hoping to avoid any symptoms of postpartum blues or depression and anxiety. And of this group of women in the study, what percentage would do it again? A whooping 97%! So while it may only be anecdotal evidence that placenta encapsulation has positive benefits, the women in this study and Jillian Harris are happy with the results!

Contact Suburban Doula today to learn more about how placenta encapsulation can help your postpartum experience!



What was I so afraid of?

Sure, most mammals consume their placenta after the birth of their baby. And, sure, I had heard other women talk about all of the awesome effects that taking their placenta capsules had produced for them. But that didn’t mean that I wasn’t a little weirded out about doing it myself. So what was I so afraid of?

1. People would think that I’m a “whoo hoo” hippie.

Turns out, no one knew that I encapsulated my placenta unless I told them. The encapsulator came to my house when I was still in the hospital and left me with a jar of capsules that looked like any other herbal capsule. Once I started feeling the positive effects from them, then I wouldn’t shut up about them, but that’s another story.


2. They would smell up the house

Ok, so this was more my husband’s fear than my own. There can be a slight odor when the placenta is being steamed, similar to cooking meat. We add ginger and lemon to the steaming water for their antiseptic and balancing properties, but it also has the added benefit of making the odor more palatable. Once the steaming process is over, the smell is gone and it’s not a smell that penetrates the whole house.


3. They would taste weird or be hard to swallow.

I have a hard time swallowing large pills. So much so, that many kinds of prenatal vitamins make me gag. Seriously, why are they so big and dry? The placenta capsules don’t taste any stranger than an herbal vitamin or pill. I much preferred the taste of them to my prenatals. They’re also in a vegan capsule form, not a tablet, so they’re much easier to swallow.


4. They would make me feel weird or “off”

I wasn’t sure what to expect with how they would make me feel. But not only did they not make me feel weird, they made me feel great. And I mean great in that they made me feel completely like myself and “normal”. Sleep deprived, yes, but not sleep deprived and weepy like I was after my first child when I didn’t take them.


5. Taking it home from the hospital would be too gross

Again, this was my husband’s fear since he was the one who had to do it. And I’ll be honest, I don’t think he loved it. But he did it. And after seeing how much the capsules helped me, he would gladly do it again. My midwife placed my placenta in a plastic container after birth and my husband put it in a cooler with ice from the hospital and then brought it home and put it in the fridge until the encapsulator got there.


Those were my fears going into the process. Are you thinking of encapsulating your placenta? Do you have any fears? Contact The Suburban Doula today and let's talk through those fears.