Saturday, June 23, 2018


On today's blog I’m going to take a minute to switch gears from fashion to talk about something that is a little taboo but, I've found over the past couple of weeks has become quite the conversation starter. I'm talking about consuming or encapsulating your placenta post baby and the added benefits it brings to your postpartum recovery.


It all started two weeks ago when one of my good blogger friends Samantha (@samantha_show) started a discussion on her insta-story about encapsulated or consuming your placenta and what did it all entail? She asked her followers if they had any experience with this holistic remedy and I had to share because I made the decision to encapsulate my placenta to help with my postpartum recovery. Fast forward to the weekend at a blogger brunch and I found the topic came up again out of the blue and there I was sharing my story over mimosas and quiche. Since there has been so much discussion on this topic I thought I'd  take a postpartum break on my blog and share my experience just in case there is more soon to be moms out there interested in this not so ordinary remedy.
When I became pregnant I was met with many emotions. I feared post baby I would encounter even more and I may not be able to handle navigating the emotional overload. I am one who typically buries the emotions I don't feel like dealing with at the moment. Then when forced to deal with them they all come crashing down on me at once. It happened when I got married, I focused all my energy on the planning of my wedding and I didn't take the time to think about the change in my life like most people do before they get married aka “cold feet" and when my wedding was all said and done and I had nothing to occupy my mind all the emotions flooded in. I was very anxious and panicky for awhile until I finally sat down to talk to someone. I did not want this to happen after birth. I wanted to enjoy the time with my little guy and not be sad all the time.
This is where my sister, a current yoga instructor and lover of anything natural and holistic, stepped into the picture and told me about placenta encapsulation. When she was studying to become a yoga instructor one of her fellow classmates had talked about this topic because it was something she decided to do and wanted to talk about the benefits. At first I will admit it sounds a little out of the ordinary and even I got that grossed out face everyone gives me when I tell them my story.  Although, if you really think about it when you encapsulate your placenta it's essentially in pill form and just like the prenatals you take post baby it’s just another supplement to help you with your postpartum recovery.
With the idea planted in my head by my sister I decided to do some research. This is probably the most important step if you decide to encapsulate. You really want a professional who knows what they are doing because if this process is done improperly it can lead to bacterial infections for both you and baby. I was lucky because the same yoga friend that told my sister about encapsulation actually had a local company she trusted and used that she referred me to. The Womb Wellness Center in Solon,Oh was so helpful. They took the time to talk to me about the risks and the precautions they take to ensure a quality product and they walked me through the steps I needed to take if I decided to encapsulate and they even emailed me more information just in case I had any other concerns or questions about the process.

Sourcing the Womb Wellness website here is some of the FAQ’s about placenta encapsulation:

What is Placenta Encapsulation?
Placenta Encapsulation is the process of preparing a women's placenta into pills for her to consume during the weeks and months following her birth. The ingestion of the placenta is known as “placentophagy.” Many people believe that the purpose of placentophagy by the mother is to reintroduce the beneficial vitamins, minerals, hormones, proteins, and other nutrients to her body following labor and birth to help restore balance, hasten recovery, and boost her sense of well being.
How are Placenta Pills Prepared?
Placenta pills are prepared by first separating the membranes and umbilical cord from the placenta. Then the placenta is rinsed and drained of maternal and fetal blood.  Next the placenta is dehydrated, ground into fine pieces, and placed into capsules for the mother to ingest as she sees fit.

When is a Placenta encapsulated?
Ideally within 24-72 hours following birth.

How many placenta pills does a placenta produce?
Depending on the size of the placenta, it may produce anywhere from 90-175 pills.

When is placenta encapsulation contraindicated?
-If a women developed a uterine infection or fever during her birth
-If the placenta has been taken to pathology
-When the placenta is improperly stored after birth
-If you have the following diseases: HIV, Gonorrhea, Syphilis, Chlamydia, Hep B or C.

Placenta Encapsulation Services Include:
-Pick-up of placenta to be encapsulated
-Placenta preparation and encapsulation
-Proper storage container for placenta pills
-Written instructions for storage and handling of placenta pills
-Delivery of finished placenta pills to your home

What do I have to do with my Placenta after it is delivered?
Once the placenta is inspected and released, the placenta should be placed in an enclosed container (ziplock bag or plastic container). It must be refrigerated or placed on ice until we can arrange a time for pick up. The placenta can only be store in the refrigerator for 48 hours, any longer the placenta must be frozen.”

In my experience I made sure to let my doctor know I wanted to encapsulate and it was written into my birth plan. We did hear that some hospitals will put the placenta on ice for you but to bring a cooler to the hospital just incase. My husband and I purchased one of those styrofoam mini coolers you can get at Walmart for about $5. We also bought a two gallon ziploc bag to put the placenta in just incase as well.
On the day of my birth my delivery nurse was very helpful prepping the placenta because she actually had a daughter that had her placenta encapsulated for two of her children. She helped us bag it up and put it on ice. The only issue we had was the placenta was not allowed into our recovery room it had to stay in the birthing suite or we would have had to put it in the car until the Womb Wellness specialist came to pick it up.

Some benefits of encapsulating your placenta:
-Restoration of iron levels in the blood
-Increase in milk production
-Increased energy
-Increased release of the hormone oxytocin, which helps the uterus return to normal size and encourages bonding with the infant
-Increase in CRH, a stress-reducing hormone

-Decrease in postpartum depression levels

In my experience I did not notice an increase in energy or milk production when taking the pill. But I did notice that my stress level and my anxiety were minimal. In my husbands words, “I'm not saying it works but the last time you cried for no reason was the day you got the pills.” I also noticed when I went back to work I was definitely sad but I was not anxious leaving my baby behind. As far as postpartum depression or those baby blues I would say it really helped and that's the main reason I wanted to encapsulate in the first place. Also an interesting note, my delivery nurses daughter had three kids, she did not encapsulate with the first and did suffer from the baby blues so she decided to encapsulate for her second and she noticed a big difference which led her to continue encapsulating for her third.

I hope this helps if anyone is considering placenta encapsulation. Also its important to note I'm no expert but encapsulating was right for me and my birth plan and postpartum recovery. Everyone is different and there is no right or wrong way to take on your postpartum recovery it's whatever you feel comfortable with and whatever will make you happy and healthy to enjoy your time with your new addition. If you have any more questions please feel free to drop me a comment and I will be happy to answer!

Photos by: Ashley Shaw

(#momlife tee from Old Navy)
Friday, June 15, 2018

Local Adventures!

Since emerging from my maternity leave two months ago I have begun to get back to my blogger life. I was posting here and there, but took a little hiatus while pregnant. Now my little man is here and I'm finding more time for mommy. I've been going to a lot of local blogger events and interacting with so many small business. The only problem as a new mom I'm trying overcome the obstacle of actually sitting down and writing blogs. I have trouble finding the time  to let you know all about these amazing small businesses I have been seeing. Therefore in today’s blog I wanted to take the time and recap some of the people and small businesses I have encountered on all the blogger events over the past couple of months.

SisKiss: A local accessory business, ran by two sister Megan and Marla. I was fortunate enough to meet Megan at one of my blogger brunches and she is so much fun and has a great sense of style that is transparent in some of the amazing accessory pieces SisKiss has to offer. Besides being a local business, what I love most about their brand is they have high and low end pieces so they are perfect for any budget. If your looking to add some excitement to your look you have to check this brand out!

Watershed Distillery: A local spirits brand base out of Columbus and was responsible for a signature Brunch Cocktail at one of my events. We got to sit down with Jen, a rep. for Watershed who told us all about this great local distillery and restaurant and mixed us up some great drinks. What I love most about this company is it adds a new variety into the local brewery scene we have here in Cleveland. I'm not a big beer drinker but a fun fruity mixed drink is something I can get excited about! Watershed distills everything from vodka and gin to bourbon and brandy. Although their home base is in Columbus I've been seeing this brand at all types of events around Cleveland, it was no surprise to see one of there featured cocktails at a blogger brunch. If your out and about this summer in Cleveland definitely look for this local brand and try one of their spirits!

Blossom Cleveland: You have heard of retailers like Stitch Fix and FabFitFun Box where you pay for a subscription monthly and they send you a box full of fashion and beauty goodies. Well, Blossom Cleveland has this concept except for they send you fresh flowers. Who doesn’t like fresh flowers to brighten up their home? At Blossom Cleveland they deliver you fresh flowers weekly or bi-weekly. Instead of going to the flower market and making a bouquet you can just go online pick your own arrangement and have it delivered. Its It's easy and convenient.
At one of my blogger meet ups we met Megan one of the florists and she taught us how to make some beautiful floral crowns. It was so much fun and who doesn’t like a crown especially when its it's made with fresh flowers? If your looking to add some freshness to your home you have to check out this local florist!

Emily Roggenburk: While celebrating women in business last month at the Local Girl Gang event I met with designer Emily Roggenburk, who runs a Cleveland-centric clothing line that I'm obsessed with. She is responsible for the “Cleveland AF" design that I'm sure you have seen everywhere. If your looking for some cool graphics to show your CLE pride or one of a kind pieces you need to check her designs out you will not be disappointed!

Art of Sucre: When you go to a fair one of the many food items you must buy is cotton candy. For The Art of Sucre (Sugar) they are bringing this sweet treat on the road so you can have it anywhere anytime. I was able to sample this sugar concoction at the Local Girl Gang event and it made me feel like a kid again. What an adorable idea and it’s perfect for showers or a grad party. You need to check this local company out and make them the next dessert option for your summer party!

Maplewood Boutique: Local boutique trucks are all the rage here in the CLE and the Maplewood Boutique truck does not disappoint. Last month I was invited to their launch party at the HiHo Brewery and they have some really great fashion and accessory pieces. Still not at the size I want to be post baby, I opted for some fun accessories to add to my collection. You can find them this summer at the Cleveland Flea or check the website to see where they will park next!

HiHo Brewery: I am not a big beer fan but I've been known to have a cold one once in awhile and HiHo Brewery did not disappoint. Nestled in Cuyahoga Falls this brewery has the the drinks, food, and a patio! Which made it the perfect spot for the Maplewood Boutique launch party. After shopping I was able to sample some of their bar eats and beer. It was such a fun Sunday afternoon. Although Cuyahoga Falls is a little too far for me but if you live close you need to check HiHo!

Sanity: If your familiar with the Chagrin Falls area you know the square is lined with fun boutiques and eateries. One boutique in particular that you need to check out is Sanity. I went to support a fellow bloggers shopping event and the store is trendy and has a good price point. They carry everything to create the perfect outfit from clothing to shoes and even some fun accessories. Next time you find yourself shopping in Chagrin Falls you need to check out this amazing boutique.

Fetch and Co.(The Trader): Most recently I shared a nice brunch with some of my favorite bloggers at The Trader in Lakewood. It's a pop up boutique that hosts a variety of small businesses but the one you will find in there most often is Fetch and Co. The small business owned by the two owners of The Trader, Julia and Abby. I loved shopping this brand it was colorful and well priced. They have everything from fun graphics to that perfect summer maxi dress. Next time your on Detroit in Lakewood stop in and say hello!

You know I'm a lover of anything local so make sure to check out some of these awesome local makers when your out and about this summer!

*Dress: Fetch and Co. (Use Code "STACY" for 10% off and free shipping on your first purchase!)