Iron deficiency is very common in females, especially those who have borne children. Lack of iron can affect lactation, fertility and ability to be an effective mother.
During and after labour a new mother will lose between 1/8 - 1/10 of her body's blood supply. With caesarian section and instrumental/episiotomy births, blood loss can be significantly more. Losing a large amount of iron so quickly can cause anaemia, leaving a new mum feeling tired, faint and exhausted. The blood needs high supplies of iron to carry oxygen to the cells. Low supplies of oxygen leaves your cells starving and less able to heal after trauma.
The placenta benefits the new mother by supplying incredible amounts of iron, amino acids and essential fats which we believe is the perfect replenishment following the marathon birth can be. Stem cells and growth factors in the placenta play a key role in healing the wound left inside the uterus after birth by the separation of the placenta from the uterine wall. A mother will typically bleed for between 3-6 weeks after birth from this wound. We have found that mothers who consume their placenta after birth bleed significantly less e.g. usually much lighter bleeding for just 7 - 10 days.
PLACENTA ENCAPSULATION HAS BEEN REPORTED BY MOTHERS TO:
Boost Energy Levels
Replenish Iron Stores
Reduce Stress Levels
Prevent Postnatal Depression
Increase Milk Supply
Reduce Postnatal Bleeding
Improve the Appearance of Skin/Nails
Increase in Wellbeing
NUTRIENTS AND HORMONES FOUND IN THE PLACENTA
Iron - Essential for oxygen absorption in the cells needed for cellular repair following childbirth
Vitamin C - Powerful antioxidant, helps the body form connective tissue
Oxytocin Hormone - Known to increase bond between mum and baby and is also essential for facilitating birth and breastfeeding
Corticotropin Releasing Hormone (CRH) - Responsible for reducing stress levels
Prolactin and Human Placental Lactogen - Prepares body for breastfeeding and promotes lactation
Progesterone and Estrogens - Promotes uterine health and regulates post birth cramping
Endorphines - Natural opiate like substance that shuts down pain receptors.
Thyroid Releasing Hormone - Boosts energy and helps recovery from stressful events
Placenta Growth Hormone - Immune boosting and anti-inflammatory, improves blood circulation and promotes wound tissue healing
Cortisone - Combats stress and unlocks energy stores
Cytokins - Fibroblasts that trigger cell metabolism healing and replacing damaged cells and tissue
Interferon - Stimulates the immune system to protect against infections
Prostaglandins - Hormones that have anti-inflammatory properties
Haemoglobin - Replenishes iron deficiency and anaemia, a common post partum condition