Placenta Encapsulation FAQs

A woman’s placenta is a temporary organ, that our body makes early in pregnancy, whose job is to deliver nutrients and oxygen to their baby during pregnancy, as well as removes waste for the baby. (source)

If you’ve heard of placenta encapsulation, and you’d like to read further, I’ve compiled some FAQs inspired from questions that I’ve been asked in the last couple of years from my prenatal yoga students as well as friends and family.

***The goal of this post is solely to provide information and anecdotes on this subject. Every mother should weigh the risks and benefits of placenta encapsulation before deciding to do so, and it is not my intent to coerce or recommend***

What is placenta encapsulation, anyway?

According to American Pregnancy Association, placenta encapsulation is “the practice of ingesting the placenta after it has been steamed, dehydrated, ground, and placed into pills.”

Ok, this sounds really gross. Why would I want to do that?

Many women (including myself) have anecdotally claimed that by ingesting their placenta soon after having birth it helped with their milk production, reduced their incidence of postpartum depression, and helped with overall recovery.

Wait, but, have there been any studies?

There have been some studies, but not many. Evidence Based Birth has done a thorough article on some research studies done on placenta encapsulation, and the results are interesting. In one study, researchers found that there weren’t any toxic substances in women’s placentas. Another study found that there was a moderate amount of iron in placenta capsules tested, as well as various detectable hormones. As far as the outcomes for women, in a very small sample size, when comparing placenta capsules to beef capsules, there weren’t any noticeable difference in women’s iron levels after delivery.

Do these placenta capsules taste bad?

Simply put, no. I’ve had a plethora of vitamins that have tasted worse. Some placenta encapsulators (doulas mostly) offer flavored capsules, just incase you are worried about taste.

Are there any risks?

As with all things, there are potential risks. Our placenta is an organ, which ends up being cooked as meat, dried, and put into capsules. With all meats there is a risk of contamination, and with proper food safety and preparation these risks can be greatly reduced or eliminated. There was a single case of a mother’s newborn baby getting infected with group b strep after she ingested placenta capsules, but there was not evidence to support the placenta capsules causing the infection. You can read more about this in the resources below.

Why did I decide to get my placenta encapsulated?

While I was pregnant, I was interested in holistic ways I could help prepare for labor and postpartum. I weighed the benefits and risks, and decided that it was worth trying for the potential benefits. Also, it’s worth it to add, my husband was very suspicious, and after talking to some other dads who had seen benefits first hand, his mind was put at ease.

And, for the record, while I was taking my placenta capsules after birth, my husband said to me, more than once, “did you take your happy pills today?”

Enough said.

Do you have any references and resources?

Just incase you’re a compulsive googler like myself, here’s some articles to point you in the right direction… article

Why I Encourage All of My Prenatal Yoga Students to Hire a Doula

Doulas are a wonderful asset for a pregnant, laboring, and postpartum moms, but their value is often overlooked. A doula is defined as : “A trained professional who provides continuous physical, emotional, and informational support to a mother before, during, and shortly after childbirth to help her achieve the healthiest, most satisfying experience possible.”

During my first pregnancy and labor I was fortunate enough to work with an amazing doula, who provided me with all of the above and so much more. While a doula is an out of pocket expense, and not covered by most insurance plans [yet], they are, in my opinion, well worth the investment.

Benefits of Hiring a Doula

Evidence Based Birth did an excellent segment on doulas, what they do, and their benefits found in multiple studies. Some of these benefits include:

-decrease in the risk of Cesarean births

-decrease in the use of pain medications for pain relief

-mothers were more satisfied with their birth experience

-decreased anxiety for laboring mothers

-better infant outcomes


What did I learn from my doula experience?

Just hire a doula. And here’s why:

You get 24/7 professional labor support from a familiar face

While in the hospital, your healthcare provider and nurses are not able to be with you and support you through one of the most scared moments that a mother will experience. Even better, you are able to get to know your doula beforehand, so they are a familiar face. During labor, its very helpful to work with professionals that you know you’re comfortable with. Also, since labor is most likely going to be a lengthy adventure, your partner having the ease of knowing there’s an additional support person will come in handy when you are 10, 15, 20+ hours in and they need to use the bathroom or eat a meal. (Speaking from experience!)

They support your partner just as much as they support you

The most common input that I get from moms is that their husband is a wonderful support partner, and they don’t need anyone else. I get it, I went into my birth knowing that my husband was an amazing support, but I also knew that he would need support in trying to support me. My husband would tell you without a doubt that our doula was just as supportive for him in his role as she was for me.

Comfort measures are everything

Doulas are trained in 5011 different comfort measures to help laboring moms cope with contractions and other labor discomforts. They can help show partners which comfort measures to use and the appropriate times to do so. Also, there’s some comfort measures that are most effective when both partner and a doula are participating. Doulas do a wonderful job helping partners just figure all of this out, since they are the experts.

Never underestimate the power of positive emotional support

In my opinion, emotional encouragement is essential for a mom during labor. Doulas get into the birthing world because they really care about helping women during pregnancy and labor, and they are such a great resource for positive emotional encouragement, every step of the way. Trust me, this is gold during labor.


Ok, so how you do you find a doula, anyway?

I tell my prenatal students to use trusty google and search for doulas in your area. You’ll come up with a good amount of results, and you’ll need to sort through them. Start reading their bios, and if any spark your interest, contact them for a meeting to see if they are a good fit for you.

Here’s another resource from one of my favorite bloggers, Wellness Mama, on the benefits of doulas, why to hire one, and questions to ask when you meet them in person.

Go forth and hire a doula!

I Survived my Facebook Detox! And what I learned…

*Learn more about why I did my Facebook detox here.


I did it! I got off of Facebook completely for 31 days. There’s some things that I’ve gained, and some things that I missed out on. What I know for sure is that I have a completely different mindset about social media moving forward.

Here’s what I learned:

1) It really was a weight lifted off of my shoulders

I realized after week 1 that Facebook has become so much more of a habit than I realized. That being said, the absence of Facebook was like a weight lifted off of my shoulders. I didn’t need to worry about checking my business page engagement, look to see if I had any new likes, or be taunted by notifications that lured me into mindless scrolling.

Which leads me to….

2) I gained time for other things

This ended up being a positive and a negative, actually. On a positive note, with my new-found time, I was able to read two books (and one of them had 500 something pages!) which I am confident wouldn’t have been done if I had Facebook distractions. I also took more time to journal during the month, which was a great benefit. On a not so positive note, I did end up filling my “void” with reading news, and to be honest, the news is overwhelmingly negative no matter the platform. While I agree that it’s important to be up to date on current events, I’m still trying to determine the happy balance between blissful ignorance and fearfully informed.

3) I was able to be present in some awesome moments

There’s this weird thing that happens when we are on social media: we experience something amazing, and we feel like we have to take a pic, and post it for everyone to like and comment. (Please, stroke my ego!) I’ve always had the sense that this takes away from my experiences – worrying about taking a “good” picture, what text to include, etc.

One of my awesome experiences this month was going to a Trevor Hall concert at a local indie venue. During the concert, I realized that I was present, in the moment, not worried about taking a great pic for posting. In the next moment, I was challenged with the desire to share my concert experience on social media. After the fact, I’m glad I was able to be present in the moment, enjoying the experience. It ended up being a concert I will return to while I listen to his music often.

In that same week, I went to Yogafest, which is a local all day yoga event put on by the non-profit You Call This Yoga. I had a blast! While it would have been great to take tons of pics and post them for my business, there was comfort in the freedom of being able to take in the experience, no expectations attached. (Wait, isn’t this our goal when we do yoga?!)

4) Some businesses only post important info and events on Facebook

There were a handful of times during the month that important announcements and events were posted on Facebook, and when I tried to access them my blocking software let me know it. Luckily, this never became a huge problem, but it was an interesting observation.

5) You don’t have to be on Facebook to stay connected

Granted, there were many social situations that started with something along the lines of “Well, I know you’re not on Facebook, so you haven’t seen ________.” To be honest, this didn’t bother me. Everyone that I care about, I still spent time with and made time to talk to on the phone/text during the month. Being on Facebook wasn’t essential for me to stay connected.

6) I did completely miss some friend’s birthdays (oops…)

Let’s be honest. Without Facebook, remembering many of our friend’s birthdays becomes a lot more challenging. Sigh.


So, what was it like to get back on Facebook on April 1st?

Honestly, I realized really quickly that I didn’t miss much of anything. My FOMO was shot down in a solid minute. I had to sort through hundreds of notifications. My energy was sucked out of me doing this. Then I was quickly reminded why I gave it up in the first place…

How will this change my relationship with Facebook moving forward?

I’ve decided to set some boundaries moving forward. I will continue to keep the Facebook app off of my phone (as well as Instagram) and only access the website on my computer during dedicated times during the day. Hopefully, this way, I will be able to keep my mindless scrolling to a minimum and be purposeful with my engagements and posts on my business page.


I do think this detox has helped me have a spark of creativity, and with that I have some great content in the works, and I’ll be posting about them on the blog very soon!



Facebook Detox Week 1: Reflections

I’ve been off of Facebook for one week, and 3 days, and I’m still alive!

What does it feel like? The best analogy I could come up with by day 2 was this:  it’s like breaking up with an old boyfriend. You really liked the idea of this guy, but you actually didn’t like the guy himself. So when all of the sudden you have free time, you miss hanging out with him, but don’t really miss him. There’s some sort of void there, and you recognize it, and try to find something else to fill that void.

What have I been doing to fill that void? Interestingly enough, I got really sick this past week, so I had a lot of resting time. I found myself typing “fac..” into my browser 3 times just out of habit, then deleting it, closing my browser, and trying to find something else to do.( Luckily, even if I would’ve typed facebook in, I’ve blocked myself from it, so I’m covered there!) Since I was sick, I wasn’t able to be as productive as I would’ve liked, but I was able to listening to a lot of podcasts, knit, read books, and read the news. Hey, it’s something!

Overall, one thing I know for sure is that doing this detox has been the best thing for me. This next week will be more “normal” so I am hoping I’ll continue to see more benefits!

Why I’m detoxing from Facebook in March

I’ve decided to remove myself from Facebook for all 31 days in March, and I’m completely serious.

Let me explain…

Lately, I have seen Facebook as a far greater negative energy suck than a positive energy source in my life. In the name of setting boundaries, I am committed to completely eliminating it, in hopes that I will detox from the negativity.

Let’s be honest, Facebook is a time waste. How many times have you gone to “just check your notifications,” and then, 30 minutes later, you’re continuing to scroll through some random thread you found about some REALLY interesting topic? (more on this below!)

In the name of vulnerability, Facebook brings up major ego thoughts of judgement and criticism towards myself and others. I’ve gone back and forth about what to say about this, because my goal isn’t to go down a rabbit hole here. But I will say is this: If you don’t feel some sense of anxiety/fear/judgement when you go on your Facebook feed or groups, please contact me and let me know your secret path to staying zen in such a chaotic space.

Also, I have some serious text neck from looking down at my phone all of the time. I know that this isn’t just because of using Facebook, but I can tell you it’s a strong component. Here’s to looking up and out!


About a month ago I stumbled on the ebook Digital Detox ,which argues that we need to take a detox from all technology, period. Here’s the quote from the book that sucked me in…

Tell me if this sounds familiar. You wake up in the morning and immediately reach for your phone. You check for new emails and texts despite having no urgency to do so. Satisfied that you haven’t missed any important messages, you log onto Facebook. You check to see whether your friends posted any updates while you were sleeping. the rest of the day follows the same course. Your phone buzzes, signaling the arrival of a new text and you find yourself unable to resist checking it. You receive a notification in your browser that a new email has arrived and you immediately drop everything to read it. You visit Facebook, promising yourself that you’ll only spend a few minutes, only to surf aimlessly for an hour.

Damon Zahariades; Digital Detox: The Ultimate Guide to Beating Technology Addiction, Cultivating Mindfulness, and Enjoying More Creativity, and Balance in Your Life!

Yep, that’s me, and while it’s nearly impossible to detox from your smartphone entirely for a whole month, I have decided that tackling the biggie that is Facebook is a great place to start. Especially because he also says in the book:

Scientists have discovered that constant exposure to websites like Facebook and Twitter can alter the brain, affecting the ability to process emotions. It can also lead to restlessness, negative self-image, a decline in happiness, and in extreme cases, depression.

Ok, so I’m not crazy. This stuff is real!

Damon Zahariades says that by doing a digital detox, you’ll:

  • get better sleep at night
  • experience better short term memory
  • improve your interpersonal social skills
  • enjoy reading actual books
  • have better impulse control
  • curb non-productive multitasking

Sounds pretty good to me!!!!


Here’s how I’m going to prepare for this detox:

  • I’m going to delete the Facebook App and Facebook Messenger from my phone. (gulp!)
  • Block from my browser on my phone (you can do this through Screentime settings on iPhone)
  • Block Facebook from my computer browser (using an add-on)
  • Set an auto-respond message for my Facebook business page that mentions my Facebook Detox. Email only for one month 🙂

Then I’m going to live my life, expecting to combat FOMO head on. Hopefully I will have lots of things to share – My blog is connected to post to my Facebook, without having to actually open Facebook, so I will still be able to post through my blog during the month.

Alright, it’s now or never!

Practical Gifts for Pregnant Mamas

As we go into the holiday season, I wanted to put together some gift ideas for pregnant moms. If you or someone you love is pregnant, it can very overwhelming figuring out what products and services are worth the investment. It’s safe to say there are too many products that market to pregnant women,  and many of them are unnecessary (in my opinion!)

I strive to be a medium-level minimalist, so when possible I will take experiences and services over a physical gift, but there is also value in items that have a designated purpose.

Here’s some ideas, most of which I have appreciated from personal experience, or really, really, really wished that I had. Some of these may surprise you 🙂


1. Pedicure/ Prenatal Massage Gift Certificate

Seriously, some pampering goes a long way when you’re pregnant. Even though you might not be able to see your toes in the later months, it’s refreshing to know they look good.


2. [Adult] Coloring books!

Let’s be honest, the last month, weeks, and days before delivery can feel like forever. An adult coloring book is a great way to destress and ease your mind. There are tons of options out there, but I’m especially intrigued by Blissful Birth: A Pregnancy Coloring Book and The Big Fat Activity Book for Pregnant People because they are specific to pregnancy.  There’s also this Animals Adult Coloring Book and this beautiful Colorful Creations coloring book that has positive affirmations. If you need some really good laughs, there’s always the People of Walmart Adult Coloring Book

3. Doula services

I could talk for days about the benefits and importance of doulas for moms during pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. Trust me, hiring a doula is worth the money spent!


4. Birthing ball

Your pelvic tilt while sitting on a yoga/pilates/birthing ball is optimal during pregnancy, especially during the home stretch when sitting is quite possibly just plain uncomfortable. Also, they really come in handy during labor! ( A doula can help you with this and knows 5011 ways to use the birthing ball during pregnancy and labor : ) ) This one has a foot pump, and from my experience that may make inflating the ball a lot easier than a hand pump.


5. Maternity retail gift certificate

Maternity store gift certificates are great, even for postpartum. Honestly, even Target gift cards are great for maternity purchases, and any leftover $$ can be spent on baby items.  Nursing bras for the win!


6. Birth affirmation cards

I am a firm believer in the power of birth affirmations to prepare for and use during labor, and they are a great way for moms to boost their confidence during such a vulnerable time. I’m in love with these birth affirmation cards by Renegade Mama and there’s a postpartum support deck and a women’s empowering deck as well. There is also this Law of Radiance Pregnancy Support Deck with lovely affirmations to ease a pregnant mama’s mind.


7. Slide on slippers

Towards the end of pregnancy, and especially during the winter months, it can be such a relief to have easy to slide on slippers. I actually went into the hospital with mine on, and they were great to have postpartum as well. I don’t know about you, but I think these slippers looks pretty cozy!


8. Pregnancy and Birth Books

I am an advocate for quality information during pregnancy, and if you’re anything like me, I wanted to read ALL of the books about pregnancy/labor/birth while I was pregnant. One book I would recommend to everybody is Birth Partner which is a great read for moms to read along with their birth partner. In my opinion it does a really great job of explaining all of the stages of labor and how the birth team works together in the process. For moms that are interested in unmedicated childbirth, I highly recommend Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth which is full of encouraging birth stories and overall birth information. For a week-by-week pregnancy guide, I cannot say enough amazing things about The Mama Natural Week-by-Week Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth.


9. Subscription Box

Believe it or not, there are actually pregnancy “subscription” boxes, and the individual boxes are available on Amazon. There’s a first trimester boxsecond trimester box, and a third trimester box. Who knew?


10. Chore/Around the House Coupons

Seriously, no mom will say no to these. Ever. You can make your own, or you can snag these Knock Knock Mom Vouchers and make them work!


Let me know what you think, or if you have anything to add to this list!


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This too, Shall pass

The following is an exert from Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy This is a daily guidebook of sorts, with many different themes, meant for contemplation. I recommend checking it out if you are looking for spiritual tidbits to read daily (or really, any time you’d like!)


November 1

Embracing the Ebb

The season when to come, and when to go,

To sing, or case to sing, we never know.

-Alexander Pope


There once was a mighty Queen with a short fuse. One autumn, as the year was beginning to ebb, the queen fell into a deep melancholy. She could neither eat nor slumber, and tears of an unknown origin fell frequently, which infuriated her, triggering angry fits that made those around her quake in fear.

Each day the queen summoned a new adviser from her esteemed circle of sages to explain the cause of her baffling condition. In they came and out they went; the court physician, the stargazer, the psychic, the alchemist, the herbalist, the philosopher. All were dismissed as charlatans for their inability to unravel the mystery of the royal black spell. They counted themselves lucky to have only their illustrious careers shortened.

“Surely there must be one among you who knows the source of my suffering,” the queen cried in despair. But her pathetic wail was greeted only with awkward silence, for all were wary of her warth. Finally, the royal gardener was moved by compassion for the poor woman and slowly approached her throne.

“Come into the garden, Majesty, beyond the walls of your self-imprisonment, and I will disclose your dilemma.” The queen was so desperate, she did as she was bid. When she went out to the garden for the first time in many weeks, she noticed that the bright, vivid colors of summer had faded and the garden seemed bare. But it was not, she saw, wholly bereft of beauty, for it was regal in autumn’s brilliant hues of crimson and gold. The air was refreshingly cool and crisp, and the sky, pure blue. “Speak, gardener,” the queen ordered, “but choose your words carefully, for I seek the truth.”

“Majesty, it is not your body or your mind that is ailing. It is your soul that is in need of healing. For while you are a mighty and powerful queen, you are not Divine. You are suffering from a human condition that afflicts us all. Earthly souls ebb and flow in sorrow and joy according to the seasons of emotion, just as the seasons of the natural world move through the cycle of life, death, and rebirth. These are the days to be grateful for the harvest of the heart, however humble it might be, and to prepare for the coming of the year’s closure. Even now, the season of daylight diminishes and the time of darkness increases. But the true Light is never extinguished in the natural world, and it is the same in your soul. Embrace the ebb, my beloved queen, and do not fear the darkness. For as night follows day, the Light will return and you will know contended hours once again. Of this I am sure.”

The unhappy queen considered this wisdom thoughtfully and asked the gardener how she possessed the secret knowledge of inner peace during the seasons of emotion. The gardener led her to a brass sundial. It read:

This too, shall pass.


When I read this, I knew right away that I had to share and write. The theme of “This too, shall pass” has popped up for me many times in my adult life, especially since pregnancy and during motherhood.

There’s so much to dissect in the story, but I wanted to give a few of my thoughts:

  • To say “this too, shall pass” reminds us that anything that we are experiencing right here, and right now, is not forever, and will most likely be over shortly (relatively speaking!) Pregnancy ailments will pass, each contraction will pass, newborn phase will pass, teething will pass…it goes on and on.
  • Embrace the ebb, as this passage tells us. I love how it points out that just as the seasons change, so do our emotions, which ebb and flow. What would our lives be like if we truly embraced the ebb and flow of our emotions, without judgement?
  • On the surface level, this queen is in great despair, with a lot of negative emotions that she wants to get rid of. She wants a quick fix. She did not embrace her emotions. Turns out there is no quick fix. But as we dig a little deeper….we see that she had to go out of her comfort zone to find the “answer” that would help “save” her.
  • ….and there, she talks to a gardener. There are a lot of spiritual analogies that can be said about gardeners, and the most relevant one that comes to mind is the idea of a gardener vs. carpenter. A carpenter measures everything perfectly, is very meticulous, plans out exactly the way things should look, and builds it just so. A gardener, on the other hand, amends the soil, plants seeds, waters, and weeds, and tends to the plants as they grow. The gardener lets mother nature run it’s course, which by it’s very nature he cannot control. When the queen speaks to the gardener in this story, he teaches her something very similar, that you have to embrace changes, instead of fighting against them.
  • Finally, another message, that I love, is that the gardener points out that the Light we all have is never extinguished in the natural world and in our soul. For me, this reminds me that the Light is synonymous with unconditional love, which will guide us through the darkness in uncertain times.


What does this story bring up for you? I would love to hear your thoughts! In my opinion, we need to have these real conversations, now more then ever, building community, as we discuss deeply spiritual ideas and truths.



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A diaper caddy: Genius idea!

I am a huge advocate of minimalism, especially when it comes to baby “things.” I saw this post over at Pregnant Chicken , and I can say from experience, my life would have been a lot easier in those first months if I would have put together a diaper caddy. For the most part, they sum up what to put in it to make your life a lot easier, especially when you have those unexpected blow-out moments!

New Mom Kits: Diaper Station

(Even though I used cloth diapers, this concept can still be used with cloth, but with more planning on what to do with the dirty ones 😀 )

True confession

I have to confess, right here, and right now. I have all but abandoned my yoga practice and instead I have been…Knitting!

I know, it’s random, but I’ll explain:

A few months ago I listened to a TED talk about Slow TV on Netflix and I had to check it out. It turns out there’s one show, National Knitting Night, where a team of knitters and a shearer shear a sheep, spin the wool yarn, and knit a sweater, all while trying to beat the world record in doing so. (Spoiler alert: it’s 8+ hours long…) These women are Norwegian, so it’s subtitled tv watching, but this makes it even more interesting! My husband and I were glued to the TV for 4 nights in a row as we watched these women spin, knit, and slowly, but surely, knit up a sweater. The conversations that they had while knitting kept us glued to the screen, as we were watching conversational mannerisms in a completely different culture. Does this sound super mundane and boring to you? I beg to differ! As a matter of a fact, I don’t even think my husband would admit that he was just as glued to the TV as I was, but we were both determined to watch it until the end.

After watching those ladies speed knit in record making time, I was motivated to knit something. I had always gravitated towards crocheting in the past, and had never actually knit a finished project. Actually, I have a habitual tendency to start crafts and never finish them, but now I was determined! If these ladies can turn sheep’s wool into a sweater so easily, I surely can figure out how to finish a knitting project.

I focused all of my energy towards knitting a shawl, something I’ve been wanting to make for a while. I found a really simple and easy pattern with video tutorials, bought my yarn, needles, and I got to work.

You know what I found out? Knitting is very meditative. You have to focus a bit, but it’s repetitive enough that you can get into a meditative state just by…knitting! Sometimes I would listen to calming music, sometimes I would knit in silence, and sometimes listen to audiobooks or podcasts. This became my zen practice.

It took me three weeks or so, but I finished it! And if you know me, you know that’s an accomplishment. Given that I didn’t want my knitting adventures to come to an end, I decided, why should I stop there?

So I started knitting socks…And I’m pretty excited to keep on knitting!

Breastmilk Ted Talk: “It’s only free if we don’t value women’s time and energy”

I stumbled on this really informative and thought provoking Ted talk about breastmilk and how we can support new mothers in this country and around the world.

Some things that stuck out for me:

  • When asked “How long should a mother breastfeed her baby?”, Katie Hinde said that she would never tell a woman what to do with her body. YAAAASSSSS!!!
  • Lots of interesting breastmilk facts!
  • Calls out the need for more scientific research on breastmilk so that we can make more bio-identical formula for moms that are unable to breastfeed.

*** I acknowledge and respect every woman’s circumstances and choices that they make regarding breastfeeding or not breastfeeding their child. This is in no way intended to convey that breastfeeding is the best choice for every mom, as every mom and baby has individual needs and limitations. This was shared with the intent of gaining knowledge on breastfeeding and ways that we can make social change****