The Amazing Placenta
The placenta is an incredible organ created for the sole purpose of supporting and nourishing the growing baby in utero. It acts as a mediator and natural filter as the life flow transfers between the mother and her baby. In addition to this, the placenta has great restorative power to assist the mother with her postpartum recovery. It is extremely nutrient rich due to the fact that it contains high levels of iron, protein, vitamin B6, prostaglandin, prolactin, oxytocin, and several other natural hormones. While supplemental amounts of iron and protein given during the postpartum period may benefit all women recovering from childbirth, it is especially beneficial for women who suffer from chronic or pregnancy induced anemia, women who enjoy a vegetarian diet, or women who have suffered a significant blood loss after delivery. Vitamin B6 is widely known for assisting with mood imbalances, and therefore fighting symptoms of depression. The placenta also contains high levels of prostaglandin which stimulate contractions of the uterus allowing it to return to its pre-pregnancy state more quickly. Prolactin is an essential hormone utilized by the body to initiate and maintain lactation. And high levels of the stress hormone oxytocin given during the postpartum period help to ease birth stress, causes the smooth muscle around the mammary glands to contract and release breast milk, and it also helps to create the indestructible bond between a mother and her newborn baby. For more information on why researchers believe oxytocin to be the most amazing molecule on the planet, click here.
In pregnancy the placenta not only houses high levels of these incredible nutrients and hormones, it actually becomes the primary producer of several of them while the pituitary gland in the brain temporarily ceases production. After the delivery of the placenta, these levels drop significantly and it takes about 2 weeks for the brain to resume its normal functions once again. It is thought that this delay plays a key factor in the development of the “baby blues” which not only involves mood swings but also includes symptoms such as fatigue, decreased concentration, and trouble sleeping. Experts agree that the placenta retains hormones and therefore, gently reintroducing the hormones over time may assist the body in recovery during this time of transition. Many women find that they do not experience emotional swings as intensely when using their placenta as a daily supplement.
Placenta Prints are now available at Afterbirth Bliss!
A Placenta Print is a hand-crafted keepsake designed to commemorate the unique patterning in the Tree of Life that once nourished your baby. These prints are created by Tucson artist, Melissa Ann Rivenbark. Each pigment is mixed by Melissa with herbs, spices or fruit juices. The placenta is covered with the pigments and printed on artist grade mixed media paper. After the print dries completely, it is then sprayed with a professional grade sealant so that you can frame it and enjoy for many years to come. After the printing is complete, the placenta is rinsed and processed in the client’s preferred method. This process does not in any way change the beneficial quality of the placenta for purposes of consumption. Add this lovely item to your order today for only $40.
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For women who did not have the opportunity to utilize their placenta as a postpartum remedy with their first child, there are endless reports of women who noticed a drastic difference comparing their postpartum experience utilizing their placenta with the following child. First time mothers often report they “just feel good” when taking their placenta remedy, especially in response to having an emotional day.
- Increase overall energy
- Stimulate contractions of the uterus and prevent postpartum bleeding issues
- Increase production and ejection of breast milk
- Balance mood swings and prevent postpartum depression
- Increase iron and protein levels
- Prevent insomnia or sleep disorders