This review is long overdue but I felt it would have been an injustice to this truly special product and service to rush it. My little guy arrived on the 24th November, 56 hours after my waters released weighing in @ 7lbs, 13oz.
It’s fair to say I was completely banjaxed leaving hospital with the combination of sleepless nights before his birth willing contractions to come and avoid induction and the sheer adrenaline and joy that doesn’t allow sleep after he arrived! I was very excited at the thought of starting my capsules.
My package arrived and everything was so beautifully presented. It looked so pretty! Words cannot describe the overwhelming feeling I got when I saw what Lisa did with the cord.
I am actually tearing up here typing this thinking about it. It is one of the most precious gifts I have ever received and I often take a look at it and think of our amazing journey. The ironic thing here is that the thought of this beforehand would have made me feel very squeamish but I couldn’t have been more wrong. It is so beautiful.
I started taking 2 capsules, 3 times a day. I was breastfeeding and followed Lisa’s instructions to do this for 14 days until milk was established. The first thing I noticed was my milk supply. I remember thinking I could win a wet t-shirt contest, literally! I was thrilled with this as the Paediatrician expressed concern on his weight the day before we were released from hospital and advised I may need to top up with formula.
His weight had gone down 7% from birth which is quite normal but still this comment really worried me. Thankfully, it went slightly up on our next 2 checks but the big one came on his 2 week check up with the public health nurse. He was way above his birth weight @ 8lb, 10oz. The nurse commented on how fantastic this was, particularly for an exclusive breastfed baby. I fully put this down to my capsules. No formula needed! As soon as I started taking them, I could really feel it and see it. He was a great little feeder and continues to be so.
A lot of women warned me about the tears that will hit in on day 3 or so. I was prepared for this and was expecting to cry me a river but it didn’t arrive. I experienced no postnatal depression or any sadness and this had to be due to the capsules. I am a first time mammy and your world is pretty much thrown upside down when you come home with a wee baby (whilst feeling like you have been hit by a bus, got up, and hit again for good measure!).
My husband was really busy in work at the time. We have no family nearby as we are from opposite ends of the country and stuck in the middle and let’s face it; breastfeeding is a one person job! You can’t share the load there no matter how supportive your partner is. Emotionally wise, I was in a very good place.
The energy boosts that the capsules hit you with are incredible. It’s bizarre as you operating on very little sleep and can’t remember the last sentence you uttered to someone yet I literally couldn’t sit down. Our home has never been as clean as it was in those early days! We traveled to Donegal and Cork over Christmas to see our families and I am 110% certain I couldn’t have done this without the benefits from the capsules, both from a physical and emotional point of view.
I made sure that these bad boys were the first thing in my bag and did about 10 checks to make sure they were before we went anywhere. Both set of parents were warned not to let me leave either house without them. They also had a sneaky peak at them and couldn’t get over how good and “normal” they looked. I think they were half expecting me to be munching placenta pieces of that little brown bag J
Some people looked at me like I had 2 heads when I first mentioned getting this done but my god; minds change rapidly when they see how well you are doing. My sister recently was talking about how she was going to get her placenta from Donegal to Lisa if she ever has another baby.
The physical benefits of the capsules were very clear to be seen. I healed very well from a postpartum point of view. The doctor was so satisfied with my replies on our 6 week check-up, she didn’t need to physically check me at all. I had a fair amount of burst blood vessels on my face after the birth. When I first saw these in the mirror, it was more shocking that the birth!
People say these go in 24 hours. Eh, they didn’t! However, once I started my capsules, my skin returned back to itself and they disappeared. My hair became so much thicker. My husband commented on this one evening when the 3 of us were out for dinner. This was huge! He is definitely not the sort of guy who notices stuff like this so my hair had to look like a lion! My mane has since started to shed but it has done so evenly and still looks in good condition.
After the 14 days of taking the 6 capsules, I started weaning and adjusting my dosage. I started to take 1 capsule 3 times a day and adjusted this up and down depending on the type of day I was having. There is an element of sheer terror when you look into that wee brown bag and wonder how many you have left. The thought of getting pregnant again to get your hands on another placenta runs through your head!
I was very lucky in that I was able to leave an emergency stash. We experienced a big sleep regression recently so on the more challenging days, the capsules give me the hit of energy I needed. I still have 9 left and considering getting these insured!! J
And now onto the main woman that makes all this magic happen. Lisa Cotter is a dream to deal with. She is very gentle and kind and possesses a unique quality in that she genuinely cares about everyone she deals with. Each person who is reading this and has dealt with Lisa will know exactly what I mean by this.
She has a lovely mix of being a total professional and perfectionist but also is very natural to talk to and answers all questions in a manner which is easy to understand. I couldn’t imagine a better person to carry out this extremely personal service.
I cannot recommend Lisa or her work enough. My placenta helped nourish and grow my little guy inside for all those months. She helped me do a full circle and nurture me when I most needed it with an output of a very happy healthy mammy and little chappie :)