Your placenta plays a significant role in secreting hormones that are crucial for your baby. This includes hCG, commonly known as the pregnancy hormone, estrogen, progesterone, oxytocin, and prolactin. One of the biggest reasons new moms consume placenta is because of the belief that it will help balance out their hormones postpartum. This episode answers a listener’s question about autoimmune conditions, like rheumatoid arthritis, and how hormones in the encapsulated placenta could support it. This episode also addresses concerns raised by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention after a medical case study that prompted the CDC to recommend against placenta encapsulation publically.