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What is a placenta?
When you become pregnant, your body doesn't only grow another human being... it grows a new organ! The placenta is an incredible organ that develops in your uterus during pregnancy, specifically to provide nourishment to your growing baby. This structure provides oxygen and nutrients to your growing baby and removes waste products from your baby's blood. The placenta attaches to the wall of your uterus, and your baby's umbilical cord arises from it. The organ is usually attached to the top, side, front or back of the uterus. After you give birth to your baby, you birth the placenta, and have the option to take it home with you.
More women are reclaiming their placenta and consuming it, returning the placenta to the body from which it came. Placenta encapsulation is the most popular way to do so, and holds numerous benefits.
•Improved mood and energy
•Diminished risk of postpartum depression
•Faster involution (shrinking down) of the uterus
•Replenishment of lost nutrients, particularly iron
•Benefits to breastfeeding