Holly and David
Adaline (3/20/10), and Charlie (1/26/12- 4/10/12) and our identical twins Callie and Wendy (01/04/13)
I took mine after my HBAC in August of 2010. I don't know how many pills I got, but I took 2 in the morning. I didn't notice any side effects. I felt like I healed faster, my bleeding was less and my mood was much more stable. I don't know how much of it was due to the fact that I had a vaginal birth or that I was taking the pills, but I was happy I did it. If I'm fortunate enough to have another baby, I plan on doing it again.
Wife to a wonderful husband, mom to 5 amazing boys, 2 m/c and Knox Cornelius our 5th son born at 15weeks 12/3/2011, Lillian Faith our 1st daughter, born at 14 weeks May 19, 2012 (Turner Syndrome).
Compound heterozygous MTHFR and Prothrombin 2 mutation.
I took mine, but not as consistently as I probably should have. I was taking 2-3 per day for the first couple of weeks, when I remembered to do it. Honestly, I could not tell whether it had any effect at all (but again, perhaps that was my fault for not being more consistent). I did have some PPD, etc. I'll probably do it again if we have another baby- because the concept makes sense and it can't hurt- but I am not a convinced believer.
mama to two teens and two tots madly in love with DP
I got about 100 pills myself. I had half of them from the raw placenta and half from the steamed (western and chinese methods). The raw pills provide a faster and quicker release of the hormones stored inside. I get the feeling that what you are asking for is a somewhat scientific proof of whether they work or not. There is little actual research behind it.
They worked for me. I took 2 with each meal- 6 a day for 3 weeks. I also drank the broth. I especially had a strong energy rush after the broth. Funny thing is, when my mom came over, she thought it was old soup and tossed it away. At least I benefited from it for about a week. I also noticed that I was a bit more emotional and prone to outbursts the few times I forgot to take the pills on time. I definitely noticed I had so much energy with very little sleep during the time i took the placenta pills.
I don't think there is a relationship between increased bleeding and taking your placenta. However, call your midwife right away if you think you are bleeding too much.
All in all, there is something very positive and affirming about a regimented placenta taking. As for side-effects, I am not aware of any.