33 Weeks Pregnant | Placenta Encapsulation – Wait! Don’t stop reading just because I said placenta. Ok, I get it if you do, but at least check out my bumpdate and I promise not to mention the p-word in my weekly update. Just after.
I’m certainly bumping these days, aren’t I?! I get comments from strangers no matter where I go which I think is really funny. People love talking to pregnant women! I can’t tell you how many guys have made some type of comment (nice or funny ones) and then proceeded to tell me how once they made a pregnancy-related comment to a woman who wasn’t actually pregnant and learned their lesson the hard way. Funny, funny. I’ve also been told that I’ve got the “pregnant waddle” going on by two different people this week. Itz ok though because I love all of it and am continuing to feel awesome!
Baby Itz: 33 Weeks
Baby’s size? Pineapple.
Maternity clothes? Yeppers. I’m still wearing some of my longer shirts (not maternity) that are fitted and make me look like I have a basketball in my belly.
Stretch marks? Nope.
Sleep: Sleep is better than last week. It seems as though my sleep alternates between good and bad every other week. I still get up often to pee, but I’m falling asleep quickly after.
Best moment this week: All the baby love, really. I feel like I’m just completely and totally surrounded by baby love. I can’t even describe it, but itz awesome and am so lucky to have my family and friends and co-workers and blogosphere supporting me.
Miss anything? The other day I missed eating raw cookie dough – haha.
Movement: Lots of movement – I love watching him move through my belly.
Food Cravings: No cravings, but still a hungry beast all.the.time.
Anything making you queasy or sick? No.
Gender: BOY BOY BOY!!!!
Labor Signs: No, but I wonder if I’m having Braxton Hicks contractions sometimes because my stomach gets pretty tight. At first I just thought I could feel Baby Itz in two different places in my belly, but now I wonder if they’re the fake contractions. I’ll have to ask my doctor what she thinks as I see her on Friday for my next appointment.
Symptoms: I still feel awesome. I have been waking up congested throughout most of my pregnancy and these past couple of days, itz hung around a little longer than usual. No big deal though.
Belly Button – in or out? Not a full outtie, but itz definitely showing through my tight shirts!
Wedding Rings – on or off? On!
Happy or Moody? Happy!
Looking Forward To: Tonight Jonny and I are touring the hospital where we will deliver! Over the weekend we met Baby Itz’s pediatrician and loved him. Itz getting close…
Before discussing placenta encapsulation, I’ll break up this text-heavy post with one of my favorite pictures from my beach maternity session with Stephanie Cotta Photography.
So, I’m just going to throw this out there quick and easy: I plan on ingesting my placenta. No, I’m not going to take a bite out of it raw like a hamburger; instead, I’m going the placenta encapsulation route. Two years ago is when I first even heard of it. At first I thought what in the world that’s totally disgusting, but after reading Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point’s Placenta Post, I opened my mind to the idea and knew it was what I wanted to do after learning about all the benefits. Keep an open mind here, friends. There are so many positives to placenta encapsulation, and I don’t think itz gross to ingest it in a pill form which is what I plan on doing.
How exactly does it work? St. Louis locals, I will be using Dr. Alicia Brooks of Your Joyful Birth. She is a is a Birth Doula, Certified Hypno-Doula, Chiropractor, Student Midwife, Childbirth Educator, and Placenta Encapsulation Specialist. After e-mailing back and forth with her, I feel confident about my decision and her expertise. From her website:
Benefits of Placenta Encapsulation
- Balances hormones and restores lost iron stores
- Increases energy
- Eases postpartum recovery
- Shortens postpartum bleeding time
- Increases milk supply
- Decreases incidence of postpartum depression
I feel like there’s absolutely no reason not to encapsulate my placenta with those kind of benefits! They’re such positives and taking placenta pills certainly can’t hurt anything. After all, my placenta is what’s feeding Baby Itz all these months! I told Jonny that humans are the only mammal that don’t eat their placenta and he responded by telling me that humans are a lot smarter than other animals. That may be true, but I’m still doing it.
How do you encapsulate a placenta? Dr. Alicia Brooks explains it all HERE, but I’ll give you the lowdown from what I understand. First, you have to figure out how to get it out of the hospital. Itz an organ so you can’t just walk out with it. I plan on asking when we tour the hospital tonight. (Edit to add: My hospital has a brief form to fill out. They place the placenta in a bucket and we will need to bring a freezer to keep it on ice until itz picked up.) Dr. Brooks uses the Traditional Chinese Medicine Method which means starting a few days after birth by steaming the placenta with ginger and mrryth. Then, the placenta gets dehydrated. From there, she puts it in pills and that’s it! Dr. Brooks even offers grape capsules for a slight additional charge. You can freeze your placenta pills up to menopause. Pretty incredible, right?
I’ll definitely post again with my experience of placenta encapsulation and how it all goes.
What are your thoughts on placenta encapsulation? Would you / did you do it? Does the thought of it totally gross you out? Nom nom, 😉