Placenta preparations FAQs

Why do you prepare the placenta smoothie at my house or private hospital room?
The smoothie is prepared freshly for you and you should drink it as soon as possible after preparation. The London Placenta Centre will make this at your home or in your hospital room to ensure quick and sterile preparation. It is not possible to prepare placenta smoothies on hospital wards or in other public areas.

How many pills will my placenta make?
Depending on the size of your placenta, your placenta will usually make 80 – 200 capsules. If you take these regularly these will last 1 – 2 months after the birth of your baby.

How should I store my capsules?
Capsules are best stored in the fridge. Raw capsules must be kept in the fridge consumed within 6 months. TCM capsules should be kept in a cool dry place (the fridge is ideal) and can be kept in the freezer once you are using them infrequently.

Is there anything else in the capsules?
The capsules are made of vegetarian gel and contain only your placenta. Nothing is added to preserve or enhance the capsules. I use latex free gloves in preparation as I know that this can cause allergic reactions.

What is the dosage of capsules?
The recommended dosage of your placenta capsules is 3 – 4 capsules per day for one month after giving birth and 2 – 3 capsules per day until they are finished after that.
Placenta capsules can be taken as needed and there is no single correct dose. You may adjust your dose as you feel you need more or less. Listen to your body as it will tell you what it needs.

When should I not take placenta capsules?
TCM capsules should not be taken when you have a fever, flu or cold due to the ‘yang’ warming properties. I recommend buying a tincture to compliment TCM capsules. Do not take placenta capsules while you are pregnant due to their hormone levels.

How do I choose whether to have an essence, tincture or homeopathic remedy made?
This is entirely your decision based on what you have read and the ways that you use other natural remedies. Read about the different placenta preparations and make your choice. If you would like to talk to me and ask questions or request further sources of information then please get in touch.

How do I choose between TCM and raw capsules?
There is no correct decision or one preparation that produces more effective capsules than another. Read about the two different types on the PLACENTA PREPARATIONS PAGE and make your choice. If you would like to talk to me about this and ask questions or request further sources of information then please get in touch.

Will placenta preparations stop any problems after the birth of my baby?
No! It’s a wonderful time but exhausting, stressful and one of the most demanding times of life. Placenta preparations will not change this – having a new-born baby is rarely easy. But we believe that a focus on nutrition and wellbeing puts you in the best place to optimise your postpartum experience. Placenta preparation is not meant to replace medical advice, medical care or medicine.

I’m having twins, what are my options?
You will have either one or two placentas and can decide how you would like them prepared, either together or separately. Twins are GREAT and the placentas are often fascinating so do chat to me about your options. I make no extra charge for preparation of twin placentas.

What is the best combination of remedies?
This is a question I am often asked and of course the answer is entirely your decision and based on your preference, BUT… a great and comprehensive approach is to have a smoothie within the first 24 hours of delivery for an immediate boost, capsules to support you in the first post-partum weeks, homeopathic remedies that you can keep in the medicine cabinet for you and baby and a balm that is fabulous for nappy rash and a powerful secret facial mask for you. All together that’s one powerful placenta kit!!

I am having cord blood stored, can you still encapsulate my placenta?
Yes. More and more people are banking stem cells from the umbilical cord to be used in regenerative therapies. Regenerative medicine is now an approved treatment for over 85 diseases, including genetic conditions and blood cancers. A phlebotomist from your cord blood service will collect cord blood and/or tissue leaving the placenta without any problems.