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  • Max Collins And Doula Make Placenta Smoothie To Help Fight Stress, Postpartum Blues

    It's exactly like making a regular smoothie with one special ingredient.
    by Rachel Perez .
  • When Max Collins revealed that they consumed the new mom's placenta after giving birth (husband Pancho Magno also had a sip), we're not totally surprised. She isn't the first one to do so, but perhaps the first who shows us how she did it. 

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    In Max's new vlog, she is joined by her doula Irina Otmakhova. They recreated the placenta smoothie that the new mom consumed after giving birth to son Skye last June 2020. 

    The benefits of consuming the placenta after birth

    Ideally, your birth team doesn't cut the umbilical cord until after you birth the placenta after the baby is born and practice delayed cord clamping. It's one of the essential newborn care or Unang Yakap practices. (Click here for its benefits to the baby.)

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    After the umbilical cord is cut, the placenta, which is the baby's lifeline in the womb, can benefit the mother in many ways. "Because the placenta is fat with nutrients and hormones," Otmakhova shared.

    The doula explained that during the third trimester of pregnancy, the placenta produces stress-fighting hormones. This helps moms cope with stress and anxieties that come with pregnancy and childbirth.

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    After giving birth, "you can actually feed yourself small pieces of [the placenta] to regain those lost hormones," Otmakhova revealed. "The same oxytocin (the hormone of love)  and stress-fighting hormones [help] prevent those postpartum baby blues, mood swings, and sometimes full-on postpartum depression," she added. 

    Otmakhova added that the placenta is packed with iron, which can help with blood loss during birth. 

    How to make a placenta smoothie

    To make a placenta smoothie, you just mix fruits or berries—preferably something red to camouflage the placenta bits—yogurt or ice cream, and the placenta. 

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    "It's just a regular smoothie with one special ingredient," she said, admitting that she uses whatever ingredients are available at the time of the birth.  

    Max's placenta smoothie with the following ingredients:

    • bananas
    • mixed berries (or fruit jam if you don't have fresh fruits)
    • pineapple juice
    • ice cream
    • fresh placenta

    Moms who give birth in the hospital can also request for their placenta. "You have to give very clear instructions not to put any chemicals--no formalin, no alcohol. It should be as is," Otmakhova stressed. 

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    Some hospitals turn it over to the mom right after birth, while other hospitals may take one to two days before you get it. It's okay, as long as it's intact and refrigerated or frozen. Then, you can send it to Irina.  

    Another way to consume the placenta is via encapsulated capsules, which Irina also makes. She also creates umbilical cord keepsakes, placenta imprint art, jewelry, and placenta balm for the new mom or baby's newborn skin issues. 

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    Watch Max take a trip back to after giving birth to her son, consuming her placenta smoothie:

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