Phils, that is so cool, a heart shape!!!
Placenta Encapsulation - Page 3
Heart shaped! How neat!!
I found out my midwives' apprentice does encapsulation. It's $200 so I'm sure it'd be more economical if I tried to do it myself, but honestly I do a lot myself around the house and I can't picture adding something else right now. I'm psyched though, and hoping it helps with milk supply as that was a serious issue for me last time.
How many capsules is typical??
I think you normally get anywhere from 100-200. I only got 57, though, I think we may have overpacked the capsules. My mom and I did it. It really wasn't as labor intensive as I thought it would be. It took a long time to dehydrate the placenta strips, but it wasn't like we had to babysit them, ya know?
I got a preliminary report and photos on mine last night. Mine was particularly interesting to the encapsulator, doula and midwife. It was very large, weighed 2 1/2 lbs and could have supported an 11 lb baby (whoa!). It was also highly calcified, the cord was attached of to one side instead of center and was very ''friable" meaning that it was breaking down rapidly and might have torn under regular labor. This might be why I could not seem to go into labor and stay there. Really interesting stuff...I think there were more details but I'll find out this weekend.
I started off taking one capsule 3 times a day and noticed after I started them my uterus started hurting (I didn't get mine back until I was 4 days pp). I took that "dose" for 2 weeks and decided to stop them for a few days and my uterus stopped hurting. After a week off of them I started taking one a day and have been good with that. I still get a little sad when I get overwhelmed or my wife leaves for work but I feel much better than I did after my first when I didn't consume my placenta. I'm definitely not experiencing weight loss, lol. I dropped the weight so fast after my first and this time I'm still quite flubbery in my middle. I guess getting 4 years older didn't help ;-)