Postpartum Depression And The Benefits Of Placenta Encapsulation

Postpartum Depression…it’s so common that many just consider it part of the job sometimes as you become a new mother. But that doesn’t always have to be, and many moms are finding relief in placenta encapsulation.

It’s no wonder that 80% of new mothers experience some form of postpartum mood disorder in the weeks following the birth of their baby.  Some of the signs of postpartum mood disorders like postpartum depression and anxiety include not only mental changes, but physical and behavioral changes as well

According to PostpartumDepression.org, there are several early signs to postpartum depression and anxiety.

  • Excessive crying for long periods of time for seemingly no reason
  • Drastic changes in mood that go from calm to irritable frequently
  • Easily angered or irritated
  • Exhibiting intense anxiety, worry and fear that hold her back from performing daily tasks
  • Expressing feelings of shame, guilt or hopelessness
  • Describing feelings of extreme sadness and despair
  • Seeming unable to focus or concentrate
  • Forgetting things easily
  • Becoming easily distracted
  • Being indecisive and unable to make decisions about things
  • Thinking she is to blame for however she is feeling and acting
  • Headaches
  • Muscle aches and pains
  • Stomach pains
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Loss of energy
  • Change in appetite whether it’s eating too much or too little
  • Unable to sleep
  • Oversleeping
  • Withdrawing from her partner, friends and family
  • Not wanting to be alone with the baby
  • Not interested in caring for or bonding with the baby
  • Not wanting to participate in her usual activities such as exercise and hobbies
  • Displaying outbursts of anger or rage directed at others
  • Avoiding tasks and responsibilities

Many of these symptoms are also symptoms of sleep deprivation, which many mothers experience during the early months of a baby’s life. But if you notice these distinct changes in your life or in the life of someone you love, you may want to consider reaching out a therapist or the new mother’s OB-GYN for further treatment.

Postpartum depression and anxiety are real mood disorders that often need treatment. This disorder, however, is different than what most mothers experience during a drop in their hormones after birth. Many mothers experience an extreme mood shift in the days following their baby’s birth which can present itself in different ways such as sadness, anxiety, or anger. Oftentimes this emotional breakdown lasts just a short time and does not continue for days or weeks like postpartum anxiety and depression. Some of the signs of this emotional shift, often called “baby blues” are similar to that of postpartum depression but they do not last for as long as the symptoms of postpartum depression. Signs of baby blues include:

  • Crying
  • Anger
  • Restlessness
  • Despair
  • Inadequacy
  • Anxiety
  • Physical ailments like headaches and loss of appetite

The main difference between postpartum depression and anxiety and “the baby blues” is the length of time these symptoms last. If the symptoms last more than two weeks and are affecting her every day life, then the new mother may have postpartum depression and/or anxiety, and you should consult a doctor.

Family members and friends should always look for signs of extreme postpartum depression called postpartum manic depression. Signs of postpartum manic depression include suicidal ideation, panic attacks, repetitive behaviors, and intrusive thoughts of hurting her baby or herself. Immediate action must be taken in order to keep the mother and her baby safe.

Placenta Encapsulation and Postpartum Depression: How They Are Connected

However, for many mothers, placenta encapsulation can help relieve the symptoms of baby blues and may prevent a mood disorder from developing. Also, there are steps you can take to prevent baby blues. Rest and support are important, being prepared with freezer meals, and enlisting help with older siblings gives you time to focus on your new arrival. However, in addition to that, your body actually prepares a supplement to help you recover from childbirth: the placenta!

Your baby’s placenta, prepared in the form of a capsule, is believed to:

  • Be perfectly made for you
  • Contain your own natural hormones
  • Balance your system
  • Replenish depleted iron
  • Give you more energy
  • Lessen your bleeding postnatally
  • Increase your milk production
  • Hasten return of uterus to pre-pregnancy state
  • Help you have a happier postpartum period
  • And later, be helpful during menopause

We dug up a really great article from placenta specialist Lauren Argo with Placenta Benefits. We thought it fitting to bring it back up, especially during Women’s Health Month.


Thank you to Lauren Agro for this guest post.

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We’ve all heard the horror stories about baby blues and postpartum depression – some of us have experienced it firsthand. And as expectant parents we all want to avoid that. We want those first precious days to be about bonding with our baby and enjoying the new addition to the family. We want to feel joy.

Those first few weeks are difficult for many reasons. Your body is physically exhausted from the birth and recuperation time is hard to come by. You might be inundated with visitors. Your baby wants to eat constantly and breastfeeding may not be as easy as it seems. It’s hard to find the time to shower, let alone cook nutritious, healthy meals for yourself. Your hormones might take you on a roller coaster ride of emotions. Some moms get weepy and sad and may not even be able to name a real cause.

It’s no wonder that 80% of new mothers experience some form of postpartum mood disorder in the weeks following the birth of their baby.  There are steps you can take to prevent baby blues. Rest and support are important, being prepared with freezer meals, and enlisting help with older siblings gives you time to focus on your new arrival. However, in addition to that, your body actually prepares a supplement to help you recover from childbirth: the placenta!

Your baby’s placenta, prepared in the form of a capsule, is believed to:

  • Be perfectly made for you
  • Contain your own natural hormones
  • Balance your system
  • Replenish depleted iron
  • Give you more energy
  • Lessen your bleeding postnatally
  • Increase your milk production
  • Hasten return of uterus to pre-pregnancy state
  • Help you have a happier postpartum period
  • And later, be helpful during menopause

Placentophagy, the act of mammals consuming the placenta after childbirth, has been practiced in Traditional Chinese Medicine for thousands of years. And placenta encapsulation is a practice that has recently increased in popularity in the United States.

So why does placenta encapsulation work? It’s theorized that the placenta contains many different vitamins and minerals that can help fight depression symptoms, such as vitamin B6 and research has proven that it is rich in iron and protein; all of which are useful to women when recovering from childbirth. Along with replacing hormones, the placenta is a great natural postpartum supplement. There are some wonderful research studies being done at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas to help determine the actual contents and effects of placentophagy; including a long awaited double blind placebo research study.

If you are interested in encapsulating your own placenta, start by contacting a local placenta encapsulation specialist. They will come to your home, clean and sanitize your kitchen, clean the placenta and prepare it for dehydration. The placenta then dries overnight. The next day the placenta encapsulation specialist returns to your home to grind and encapsulate the placenta, leaving you will capsules and instructions. Many placenta encapsulation specialists also make broth, tinctures, salves, placenta art prints, and cord keepsakes. It’s important to find someone reputable and certified who has the knowledge and experience to handle your one and only placenta.

Find out more about Placenta Encapsulation at www.placentabenefits.info

Locate a specialist in your area: www.PlacentaSpecialists.com


Lauren Lauren Agro is the Vice President of US Operations with Placenta Benefits, LTD.  She has been a Placenta Benefits Certified Placenta Encapsulation Specialist and Mentor in Baltimore, Maryland since 2008. She has worked with over 250+ new families and has been a certified DONA Birth Doula for 13 years. She is a mother to a wonderful 13-year-old young man who makes her proud every day. Lauren spends her free time doing user experience work for a federal government agency, horseback riding, waiting for the next baby, dreaming of scuba diving, and looking up new recipes for the perfect gluten-free chocolate chip cookie.  She can be found at www.agrowingbelly.com


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    1. There are specialists all over the world. You can do a quick google search or try the facebook group placenta encapsulation. Some providers allow clients to decide where they want the process done

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