To understand how placenta encapsulation can benefit the new mother, it’s helpful to learn about the placenta itself. Let’s look at the hormonal components.

The placenta is a classified as a temporary endocrine organ. In other words it’s main job is being a massive hormone factory, for a designated period of time. 

It begins producing hormones at 6–8 weeks gestation to help sustain the pregnancy.  These hormonal levels continually increase as the pregnancy progresses. 

By the 3rd trimester, oestrogen levels increases 30 fold above baseline. Progesterone levels are raised 10 fold and cortisol (our stress regulating hormone) is increased 3 fold. Oestrogen continues to rise and peaks in the days leading up to the birth.

After the baby is born, the placenta is delivered. As a result, the mother loses this primary source of hormonal saturation.

Over the next 3-5 days the hormone levels drop significantly, plummeting back to preconception levels. This is a huge fluctuation going from a super high to normal/below normal level. 

It’s also the time of the ‘3rd day blues’ or ‘baby blues’.

The mother’s body needs to regulate to it’s new normal. Her body needs to begin producing her own hormones now that the hormone factory (placenta) is gone.

All while shifting gears into another ‘hormonal regime’ of breastfeeding. This is where the balancing properties of the placenta come into play. 

The goal is not to simply return all of these lost placenta hormones to the mother as her needs are now different. But to buffer her intense hormonal transition to the postpartum state. To provide the body with elements for rebuilding and restoring.

So many of these hormones affect a woman’s physical energy, stress response, mental clarity, anxiety levels and moods. See the list below.

What’s in the placenta?

It’s a rich source of nutrients, hormones and other biochemical substances.

Here are the substances it’s known to contain and their effects.

Oxytocin – the hormone of love, bonding, protection; promotes mother/baby bonding; helps helps uterus to return to normal size and reduces postnatal bleeding; decreases pain; counteracts the production of stress hormones and enhances the breastfeeding let-down reflex

Prolactin – the hormone involved in stimulating milk production; also enhances maternal instinct

Prostaglandins – anti-inflammatory hormones regulate the uterine contractions after birth, also help uterus return to its pre-pregnancy size

Haemoglobin / Iron  – vital for energy, mental health and immune system. Helps combat anaemia or postnatal iron deficiency; rebuilds iron stores after birth

Gonadotrophin  the precursor to oestrogen, progesterone and testosterone

Human Placental Lactogen (hPL) – has lactogenic and growth-promoting properties; also regulates maternal glucose, protein and fat levels 

Placental Opioid-Enhancing Factor (POEF) – stimulates the production of your body’s natural opioids, including endorphins; reduces pain; increases well being

Thyroid Stimulating Hormone – regulates the thyroid gland, balancing metabolism and energy levels 

Interferon and Gammaglobulin – both stimulate the immune system protecting against infection 

Urokinase Inhibiting Factor & Factor XIII – helps reduce bleeding and enhances wound healing

Cortisone – combats stress and unlocks energy stores in body

I had low iron during pregnancy (it was borderline anaemic). I got my levels rechecked 6 weeks after the birth and they had gone up! My doctor was amazed that was from just taking the placenta capsules!” Farah, 5th baby


  • No or decreased experience of baby blues
  • No or decreased experience of postnatal depression
  • No or decreased experience of anxiety or overwhelm
  • Increase in energy levels
  • Increase in sense of well-being and mood
  • Breastmilk came in quickly
  • Breastmilk supply abundant
  • Postnatal iron stores replenished
  • Postnatal blood loss finished quickly
  • Postnatal hair loss decreased
  • Postnatal recovery enhanced

“I feel energetic during the day, I feel emotionally sound and confident as I go about my day with very little anxiousness and mood swings. A lot of mum friends have commented on how great my energy is despite such little sleep. Despite the normal hormonal tears not long after delivery, I have felt very ‘together’ since returning home from hospital and have remained so.” Nikki, 1st baby

“I would have done almost anything to avoid the baby blues. I thought that I can’t go wrong with taking a pill made of my own hormones that have been made by me, for me. Kristin was incredibly fabulous throughout my experience, both during and post pregnancy. I have felt energised, focused and haven’t had any signs of depression or anxiety since taking my placenta capsules.Tiffiny, 1st baby

“What an amazing difference for me during this post birth compared to the last three times! My milk supply has been so good that I am currently only feeding my baby girl off the left side as she doesn’t need the other one. I wish I had known about placenta encapsulation with my other three children as I believe that my post birth mental state would have been so much better. It has been an amazing experience that I love to share with other people!”
Claire, 4th baby

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The placenta encapsulation services offered by BodyWise BirthWise are not intended to diagnose, treat or prescribe for any condition.

Whilst the benefits of consuming the placenta postnatally are based on research studies, articles and testimonials from new mothers, this research is ongoing and BodyWise BirthWise does not give any warranty or representation that these benefits are guaranteed.

It is your responsibility, based on your own research of the benefits and risks of placenta encapsulation, to determine whether using placenta preparations may be of benefit to you.