The Placenta Multitasks All Day E'ryDay
Starting at week twelve, the placenta is fully formed and functional alongside your little one, acting as the lungs, kidneys, liver and immune system for the growing fetus. That's the work of many necessary organs/systems in one temporary one!
Sometimes Placentas Do Double-Duty, Other Times They Double Up!
With every pregnancy a new placenta grows, as unique as the new little one! With the exception, of course, of multiples! What happens then? Depending upon what point at which the egg splits, multiples may share a placenta or each have their own!
"Come on Already and Talk About the Part Where People Eat It." Alright!
There are many ways people have included the placenta in their postpartum health, including smoothies, capsules, creams, tinctures, and more. But why, you ask?
New parents who have consumed the placenta have reported less bleeding after birth, increased milk supply, reduced stress, reduced postpartum depression, increased energy, and improved appearance of hair/skin/nails.
The scientific research to back up these claims is minimal; we need larger and more comprehensive studies, so for now, you'll have to take these other parents' word for it! Of course, not everyone raves about it. I've appreciated the stories of parents who tried and said "Nope, not for me."
It underlines the truth we sometimes overlook in our excitement over this natural wonder: there's still a lot we don't know about the placenta post-birth, and like everything in life, what works for one person won't always work well for the next.
As always, do your research, weigh your options, and listen to your body.