Why you shouldn't encapsulate your placenta

So you may automatically think all HypnoBirthing Practioners are swishy skirt wearing hippes. That we believe in free birthing, are anti-vaxers and we eat our placentas raw immediately after delivery.  Could not be further from the truth. We are, for the most part, well educated, middle class women that wear normal clothes and do like a bit of evidence based research. 

One subject that will come up in a class about birthing is the consumption of the placenta. Encapsulation is all the rage now. By all means go and do your own research on it and decide if it is for you (you see how that's becoming a theme in everything I blog). For me there is actually no scientific evidence to show that there are any benefits at all to this trend. However, there is a shit tonne of anecdotal evidence. And it is this anecdotal evidence that is why I am absolutely, one hundred percent against placenta encapsulation. 


To give you some perspective. I had a beautiful birth, early discharge from hospital and was home with all the Adrenalin still coursing through my body (took a few days to wear off). After a few months we discovered that I gave myself some internal hemorrhoids , and I had a second degree tear which I choose to let heal without stitches. Ultimately I wobbled out of hospital and was a bit more comfortable lying down than sitting up. So - normal. It took me about ten days before I decided to go out and walk the dog. So I sat or lay down breathing in the new bornness of my new born for ten whole days in what was an almost physiologically perfect delivery. 

What I have heard from friends about placenta encapsulation is that you are up and about immediately. Some people with c-sections are attending children's concerts a few days after birth all to the magic of placenta encapsulation. 

That sounds great right? 

So wrong. So very, very wrong. You spent nine months growing a human life and an extra organ. Your body was practicing labour during this period. Your organs were squished and moved about. Then the physical event of birth happens which can be up to a day or more of physical work for your body or some major surgery and then you are just up and about 'as normal' a day or two later. I don't think there is a surgeon alive that would recommend this for a patient with any other type of major abdominal surgery! 

You had a baby. A BABY! Be gentle with yourself. Give yourself weeks to recover. Allow yourself to be looked after. Receive the gifts of food your friends and family bring. Ask them to put out your laundry. Go for a gentle walk when you are ready. Don't push yourself to the limits to prove you are just as capable as you were before you had a baby. You are just as capable AND you deserve to rest and recover from the physical event that just happened whether it be hours of labour or surgery or both. 

So do yourself a favour don't take anything that anyone recommends to help you 'bounce back' immediately after birth. Instead nap when you can, take the help that is offered and enjoy this special bonding time with your sweet baby.