Frequently Asked Questions
If I have a medicated birth or caesarean section can I still use my placenta for encapsulation and/or other placenta remedies?
Yes, you can still use your placenta if you have a caesarean birth as long as your placenta has not been sent to pathology. We recommend you to have a sterilised leak proof 2L container ready to store your placenta after birth.
If you are on any other type of medication during your pregnancy we ask you to seek advice from your consultant before deciding on placenta encapsulation. Please request details of our services from your local placenta specialist so you have all the information you need to provide to your consultant.
What if I am Strep-B positive or have a uterine or placental infection and need antibiotics, will I still be able to use my placenta?
Strep-B, GBS infection requires you request TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) capsules only. We recommend your placenta is steamed before encapsulation to ensure the bacteria from your infection is killed before dehydrating your placenta.
If you have tested positive or are suspected of having a uterine or placental infection, we advise you do not consume your placenta.
What if I give birth prematurely?
Premature births are often associated with problems in pregnancy. As long as your placenta is examined and cleared from any type of abnormality after birth your placenta is suitable for consumption.
I want to donate my baby’s cord blood. Will I still be able to have my placenta made into capsules?
Yes, you can do both. We advise parents to bring two separate containers with them to hospital and ensure their midwife or doctor knows you are planning on both consuming your placenta and banking cord blood. The placenta should be put into the placenta container after birth and stored safely in the cooler bag. The umbilical cord should be stored in a separate container awaiting collection from the company of choice. We do however believe parents should make an informed choice about cord blood banking, so please read this article from Midwife Thinking Blog before your make any decisions.
Are there any circumstances when it would not be possible to use the placenta for encapsulation or other placenta remedies?
Yes, if your placenta has been sent to pathology in hospital for any reason we do not recommend you consume your placenta because it may have been contaminated while in the pathology department. You can request the hospital to take just a small piece of your placenta for examination in this instance.
We also do not recommend using your placenta for encapsulation if your placenta has not been stored properly after birth. See storage guidelines below.
How do I store my placenta safely after birth?
Your placenta should be put into a clean, leak proof container immediately after cord cutting and transferred straight to your fridge at home or stored in a cooler bag on ice and kept at below 8 degrees Celsius for no longer than 12 hours. You should arrange for your placenta to be put into a refrigerator as soon as possible after birth.
When is the best time for the cord to be cut if using my placenta for placenta encapsulation?
We highly recommend all mothers to choose delayed cord clamping for the benefit of their newborn. Delayed cord clamping involves leaving the umbilical cord intact for at least 3-10 minutes after birth, longer if possible. During this time the cord is still pumping up to 150ml of iron and stem cell rich blood to your baby which has been scientifically proven to have lifelong benefits to your baby. Delayed cord clamping does not affect placenta encapsulation in any way.
I’ve heard the placenta is full of waste and may contain toxins, is this true?
Your placenta acts as a life supply for your baby during pregnancy and if it were full of toxins this would make a very dangerous organ for your baby to be fed from, therefore it is not possible for the placenta to be ‘full of waste’. The placenta acted as a gateway for nutrient supply to your baby and waste from your baby to be passed back to your body to be filtered through your organs. There are small amounts of heavy metals in the placenta however it is scientifically proven that these levels are no greater than normal levels of heavy metals found in the body and in mother’s colostrum and breast milk.
How long can I store my placenta in the fridge or freezer for before using it?
We always advise mothers to make use of their placenta sooner rather than later. However, if circumstances arise where this preparation cannot take place immediately, placentas are only safe stored in the fridge for up to 3 days and must then be transferred to the home freezer. The placenta should be thawed thoroughly in the fridge for 24-36 hours before encapsulating or making any other remedy. Frozen placentas should be turned into remedies within 6 months.
As soon as I have given birth can I keep my placenta and decide to have it encapsulated later?
Yes, of course, however nature has intended for your placenta to be consumed as soon as possible after birth, so we believe ‘the sooner the better’. We advise you read the storage guidelines above. Keep your placenta below 8 degrees C after birth using ice packs and cooler bag for no longer than 12 hours and transfer the placenta to a safe refrigerator as soon as possible. Contact your local placenta remedy specialist for more information. You can also store your placenta in the freezer for up to 6 months and still benefit from remedies.
How is the placenta prepared for TCM placenta pills?
- Your placenta should be prepared into placenta capsules with no added ingredients
- The placenta is steamed with lemon, ginger and green chilli (added to the water only) according to TCM recipes (Simple dried capsules skip this process)
- The placenta is dehydrated using a food dehydrator or oven for 8-10 hours until completely dry
- The dried placenta is ground into a powder and put into empty vegetable capsules
What is the difference between simple dried and TCM placenta capsules?
Unlike the Traditional Chinese Medicine preparation of the placenta, when processing a placenta following the simple dried method, the steaming process is skipped. The choice between Simple Dried and TCM preparations is one of personal preference really. Feedback from mums is directly comparable, so you end up with very potent capsules, no matter what choice you make. On a practical level, the Simple preparation tends to yield an additional 10-15% capsules. Just go with whichever preparation you’re most drawn to
Which is better, consuming the placenta raw or encapsulating?
Both! We recommend mothers to consume some of their raw placenta after birth in a smoothie to support the body in immediate repair and then consuming the rest of their placenta in capsules. The many potent stem cells and growth factors found in the raw placenta may be the key reason so many of our clients report almost immediate reduced blood loss and increased energy within minutes after enjoy a raw placenta smoothie. A raw placenta smoothie only requires a small amount of raw placenta and the rest of the placenta can easily be made into simple dried or TCM capsules for ongoing benefits from the placenta.
Aren’t the hormones contained in the placenta actually destroyed during the cooking process used when preparing TCM capsules?
To some extent the heat process when preparing TCM capsules may affect the stem cells, hormones and B vitamins but to what degree is unknown. Minerals such as iron are not damaged by heat and there may be minimal damage to other nutrients found in the placenta. Placenta pills give a new mother the chance to benefit from her placenta for months after birth and have shown to have incredible benefits to energy levels and breast milk supply. There is currently no scientific evidence to suggest the placenta pills are or are not beneficial. Placenta Remedy Specialists rely on personal experiences, anecdotal evidence and testimonials from new mothers who reveal placenta encapsulation was the key to their speedy recovery following birth.
Moreover, many people chose to eat organic meat to avoid added hormones and other artificial growth factors that are injected into livestock by non-organic farmers to produce more meat in a shorter space of time. If artificial hormones that are injected into livestock are still present in cooked non-organic steaks on the dinner table, then hormones surely survive the cooking process and can have an effect on our body.
If I have a raw placenta smoothie, will I taste the placenta?
No, raw placenta smoothies taste of nothing but fruit and berries. We have come up with an excellent and simple recipe that ensures mothers enjoy their smoothies after birth and taste nothing other than the fruit used to blend with the raw placenta.
What other ingredients are in the placenta capsules and are they suitable for me as I’m a vegetarian?
Placenta capsules contain 100% placenta – nothing else. All specialists use vegetable cellulose capsules only, so they are safe for vegetarians and vegans. When preparing Traditional Chinese Medicine capsules, the placenta is steamed with lemon (for grounding), ginger (for circulation) and chilli (for heat) which are added to the water below when steaming.
How can taking placenta capsules boost my milk supply or help keep the ‘baby blues’ at bay?
We recommend taking 1-3 capsules a day for as long as needed after birth. In our experience placenta capsules have supported many women through many months of successful breastfeeding, mainly due to the levels of Oxytocin which promotes the generation of breastmilk . In some cases some mothers have still struggled with their breast milk supply however there were other problems involved that may have caused the reduced milk supply. We cannot guarantee any effects from placenta capsules on breastfeeding however many women have noticed their milk ‘comes in’ much quicker than expected and remains consistent without problems for many weeks, months or even years post-birth.
The baby blues often hits mothers between days 3-5 after birth. The placenta is rich in iron and the body’s natural stress relieving hormone CRH, so we recommend you consume your placenta as soon as possible to prevent the hormone imbalance that causes ‘baby blues’ which may develop into post-natal depression.
Do the capsules smell or taste of anything?
Most capsules do not smell or taste of anything. Some mothers describe placenta capsules to have an ‘earthy’ smell. Some placenta capsules may have a slight taste of meat however if swallowed quickly you will not notice any taste or smell. It is said if you freeze your capsules and take them straight from the freezer, any unpleasant smell or taste will disappear. If you find your capsules begin to smell or taste unusually bad we recommend you stop taking your capsules and contact your local placenta advisor who can advise you on storage guidelines and how to proceed.
How should I store my placenta capsules?
Placenta capsules should be stored in the jar provided in a cool, dark place for up to a year, then transferred to a freezer for later use. Do not store your capsules in the fridge, as condensation will cause them to deteriorate.
We highly advise you to wash your hands before handling your placenta capsules.
How big are the capsules and how long will they last?
We recommend size ‘0’ capsules when preparing placenta pills. These measure roughly 2cm in length and 0.7cm in width.
Placenta capsules will last indefinitely if stored properly.
How many capsules will my placenta make?
Placentas make between 90-300 capsules depending on the type of method you choose and the size of your placenta. A full term placenta will yield an average of 140 capsules for the Simple Dried method.
How long should I take my placenta capsules for?
You can take your placenta capsules for as long as you feel you need them.
Can my family members take my placenta capsules too?
We do not recommend anyone consumes placenta capsules other than the mother who made the placenta. It is however at the mothers and families discretion if they chose to share placenta remedies with one another.
How safe is the procedure meaning how clean/sterile, etc?
PRN Placenta Remedy Specialists are fully certified in Infection Control and Food Safety, ensuring you and your family are safe. All equipment is either single use, or cleaned thoroughly and disinfected between clients. All disinfectants used are proven effective against blood borne pathogens including Hep B, Hep C and HIV.
Will I experience any side effects when taking my placenta capsules?
We cannot guarantee results with placenta capsules or any other placenta remedy. Because your placenta is made by you, the quality and potency of your placenta smoothie and capsules is unique to your own placenta. We highly recommend you follow the care instructions given by your PRN Placenta Remedy Specialist. Storing your placenta capsules properly, avoiding TCM capsules when ill and not taking over the recommended dose will reduce your chances of experiencing any side effect. Very rarely, less than 2% of our clients have reported some side effects when taking their placenta capsules. We have listed these below for your benefit.
- Mild headaches (reported 3 times – we believe a lower dose is recommended to solve this problem)
- Stomach cramping or abdominal pain (reported once – possibly the result of bacteria growth due to improper storage of capsules)
- Stomach cramping for those also taking iron supplements (we recommend not taking iron supplements and placenta capsules at the same time)
- PUPPPS rash returning after 3 days of consuming capsules (reported twice)
- Pelvic girdle pain (PGP) sufferers feel less relief (we believe this is due to the high level of relaxin hormone in the placenta, which is the cause of PGP)
- Unexplained lack of milk production (reported from 4 women over the last 5 years)
- Emotional symptoms, stress, anxiety, depression (reported 5 times)
With regards to a placenta therapy such as a tincture, will I be able to make more when I have used up all of my supply?
Placenta tincture and essence is made up in sufficient quantities to last you a lifetime because just drops are used in each dosage. Our advice is to use your remedies when you feel you need them the most. If you are running low, it is always worth checking if more remedies can be made from what remains, so seek the advice of your PRN Placenta Remedy Specialist.
If I run out of my placenta capsules, what do I do?
Unfortunately, we cannot offer any advice to support mothers who run out of their placenta capsules. The safest way to have more placenta capsules is to grow another baby and placenta.
I’m not so sure my placenta capsules are working, how do I know?
Many of our clients say they simply feel ‘good’ while taking their capsules but are unsure if that’s just the way it would have been had they not consumed their placenta. Try skipping a day or dose and see if you feel any different, then you’ll know if there really is a change or not.
I have some capsules left over and I’m pregnant again, can I take my left-over capsules while pregnant?
The placenta is designed to help the body recover after childbirth and composes of hormones which may contract the uterus. To prevent any risk of miscarriage or pre-term labour, we highly advise mothers not to take placenta capsules while pregnant.
If you answer ‘No’ to any of the following questions, we do not recommend you consume your placenta after birth.
- Was your placenta birthed onto a clean surface?
- Was your placenta stored in a clean container or bag after birth?
- Did you chill your placenta on ice or in a fridge within 30 minutes after birth?
- Has your placenta remained chilled since your birth?
- Has it been less than 3 days since you gave birth ?
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