Does Placenta Encapsulation Help with Postpartum Depression?
Postpartum depression and anxiety affects almost 3 million people per year.
Not only can postpartum depression be emotionally draining, but it can also spark physical pain, fatigue, and discomfort.
The diagnosis is different for everyone and some symptoms don’t manifest for weeks or even a months postpartum. The condition is often misdiagnosed or ignored, causing some serious problems with mental illness down the road. Women who have experienced symptoms of postpartum depression with their first baby are more at risk for relapse with their future pregnancies, making appropriate diagnosis and treatment even more important.
Treatment for postpartum depression varies for each individual based on their circumstances.
The most common treatment options are antidepressants, regular counseling sessions, or hormone therapy. There are some situations that keep women from being able to utilize antidepressants for their symptoms, leaving a significant gap for medical intervention. Hormone therapy is being evaluated and sough out more as a “natural” alternative to prescription medications.
Each patient is different, and no one form of treatment will work for everyone.
Postpartum mood disorders are more complex than the “baby blues.” Their triggers are just as much biological as they are environmental. After giving birth, hormones are often displaced or imbalanced as the body tries to restore itself and recover. Hormones are released to bond with the baby, contract the uterus to shrink, detach the placenta, and even increase milk supply.
With all this hormone traffic, sometimes traffic jams or imbalances occur. Hormone therapy works to correct the imbalance with the introduction of certain hormones which seem to be missing in action. Usually, women experience a big drop in estrogen after birth, and incorporating this and other hormones into the body is thought to help offset the imbalance and keep postpartum depression at bay.
Placenta encapsulation is believed to work in a similar way.
Throughout pregnancy, the placenta helps create and regulate some powerful hormones, which the process of encapsulation seeks to harness for a more balanced and healthy postpartum recovery. Although not every woman experiences a hormone imbalance after birth, many report that their placenta capsules and tinctures have helped them with their postpartum depression or anxiety struggles or possibly acted as a preventative measure.
Placenta can contain hormones like mood boosting Oxytocin, that improves the general feeling of wellbeing in new moms. There are also hormones that stimulate the thyroid and the body’s opioid enhancing factor to promote naturally heightened mood and energy levels, reducing physical discomfort and pain.
However, despite the thousands upon thousands of testimonials from women throughout the world regarding the benefits they’ve experiences as a result of consuming their placenta, it is important to note that the FDA has not yet evaluated the practice. As with any other organic and homeopathic practice, there’s no guarantee that one person’s results and experiences will be shared by another. At the end of the day, though, placenta encapsulation offers an opportunity for families to take control of their postpartum health and be proactive about their recovery.
Thousands claim to have experienced relief from anxiety, depression, and other mood disorders associated with pregnancy and childbirth thanks to placenta encapsulation.
We always encourage families to find what feels right for them, and to pursue different avenues of treatment, as needed, for their postpartum mood disorders, aided by the advice of their healthcare provider. As Postpartum Placenta Specialists, we cannot offer diagnoses or advice on courses of treatment. And while so many of our clients rave about the benefits of their encapsulation journeys, we know that there are no guarantees when it comes to encapsulation.
Identifying the warning signs and red flags of postpartum depression should be the first step for all partners and families, so they know when and how to seek help, if needed. There are tons of amazing resources out there for those who might be experiencing these symptoms or are particularly at risk, as well as their families. Reach out if you’re not sure where to look!
If encapsulation is an option you wish to consider, see what the process and Boston Placenta can offer you or a loved one that is beginning their preparation for a happy and healthy postpartum recovery.