Crickets, snails, and frog legs are all things that may be considered strange to eat by most people. Ingesting a placenta, however, sounds flat out insane.
After having my second baby, I struggled with anxiety on a different level than I ever had in my life. I don't know if it was him starting his life off in the NICU or true postpartum depression/anxiety, but what I do know is I had never felt that way and never wanted to again.
I wasn't honest with my doctor when I should've been. I didn't want to take medication (it's a pride thing, not something I'm against by any means). I didn't want to be told I needed help or that I wasn't going to be okay. I ignored my feelings. By the time I started feeling more like myself, my son was about 6 months old. 4 months later, we found out I was pregnant with our third baby.
Almost immediately after seeing I was pregnant again, I started researching how to possibly prevent or lessen postpartum anxiety. There were several different ideas to try, but the one that truly caught my attention was placenta encapsulation. Placenta encapsulation, as described by Americanpregnancy.org, "is the practice of ingesting the placenta after it has been steamed, dehydrated, ground, and placed into pills."
From the research I did, there were several health benefits to consuming your placenta after the baby is born. After delivering your baby and the placenta, your hormones go for a joyride and turn against you. When you ingest your placenta, you are essentially allowing those hormones to slow down a bit and not throw a massive tantrum. Instead, they follow the rules of Daniel Tiger by taking a deep breathe and counting to four.
Here's what I personally noticed and would call benefits from having my placenta encapsulated:
increase in milk production
less overwhelmed/stressed about the little things
felt more like myself
Even though this was something I personally loved, there are a few downsides:
it is a little pricey
a lot of people think it's crazy
there is no proof that it will benefit you
I still struggle with anxiety here and there, but eating my placenta was one of the best things I have done for myself as a mom. It allowed me to ease back into things rather than being thrown into them emotionally. While I hate to ask for help, I don't think I'll ever have a baby and not eat my placenta again.
To learn more about placenta encapsulation, I highly recommend reading the article from whattoexpect.com.