Did you know that your placenta is actually an endocrine gland? Endocrine glands secrete hormones directly into the blood rather than through a duct. Because the placenta is an endocrine gland there are many many hormones still in its tissue even after birth. Researchers have documented exactly what is in the placenta, and have proven that there are 17 different hormones found in every placenta. Hormones are special chemical messengers in the body. These messengers control most major bodily functions, from simple basic needs like hunger to complex systems like reproduction, and even the emotions and mood.
When you take your placenta capsules you metabolize the hormones, minerals, and compounds your placenta has to offer which can make your postpartum recovery easier. Let's go over what's in your placenta and how it will benefit you!
TO COMBAT BABY BLUES
After birth your levels of progesterone rapidly decrease. This hormone is important for reproductive health and mood. Low levels of progesterone can contribute to postpartum mood disorders. Luckily your daily dose of capsules have enough progesterone to cause a physiological effect.
LET DOWN REFLEX
The oxytocin in your placenta will strengthen your let down reflex which causes your milk to flow and nipple to become erect. This can help your baby latch better.
Your placenta holds beta-endorphins, met-enkephalins, leu-enkephalins, and dynorphins, or in lay-mans terms, endorphins -- the body's natural pain reliever and stress fighter! Kiss those afterbirth pains goodbye.
TO SHRINK UTERUS
This hormone regulates contractions in the uterus after birth and helps your uterus return to its pre-pregnancy size. It also had anti-inflammatory effects.
TO COMBAT ANEMIA
Iron replenishes maternal iron stores to combat anemia, a common postpartum condition. It also increases energy and decreases fatigue. Your daily capsules provide 1/4 of your needed iron intake if you're breastfeeding. Source