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post #41 of 66
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Originally Posted by BabyMae09 View Post
Is the 'baby side' the side where the umbilical cord is attached?
Yes.
post #42 of 66
I'm not sure if this has been posted yet, but this is a pretty cool site: http://placentabenefits.info/index.asp

It's really kind of funny because somehow this very same subject got brought up on my very mainstream surro board just the other day. Of course everyone over there immediately reacted with disgust saying the would never do it and how it was just gross (I did say its a mainstream board right?) Then a surro who is also a MDC member posted the above link and now at least half of the ladies on that thread are interested in getting their placentas encapsulated I'm so glad the people over here are much more open minded to start with. I always have to come to MDC after spending a few minutes on that board, lol!
post #43 of 66
i have been thinking about doing this with the last 2 births, but never did

I used to think it would REALLY gross me out, but i am starting to learn that i AM going to crave something, and if i don't get the nutrients i need somehow, then you never know what crazy form that craving might take on. I seem to have a hard time getting enough iron ever since dd #1, and now i am pregnant with #4 and am craving iron rich foods like it isn't even funny! I had an entire plate full of fried oysters last week and have made venison for dinner 3 times this week, i feel like i could probably eat a giant bowl of spinach right now.... ooooh with lots of onions. And a rare steak. But anyway, back to the point.

I am pretty sure i want to do this this time. I didn't really get ppd with any of the others, but there was always that big meltdown within the first week, and plenty of feeling just plain confused for the first 3 months. I think this would really help me. It is starting to sound really good too, which pretty much solidifies my theory that i WILL crave what i need whether my logical brain thinks it is gross or not.

So my question is.......how can i do this discretely? Because i am 98% certain that dh may just throw up at the very mention of it. He is really supportive of just about everything i want with the birth, and i don't think he would really MIND if I eat it, I just don't think he can stomach the thought or the sight of me eating it, much less help me cut it up in the same kitchen that i cook his food in. And mom is definitely out on this one as i am pretty sure she will somehow equate this with cannibalism and say that it is somehow unclean and unholy. My sis would probably not mind helping, but i hate to ask her since i am pretty sure she would TRY to not mind even if it really bothered her. Hmmmm.
post #44 of 66
I am so excited to share that I had my baby yesterday, and I am so glad that I decided before hand to at least try the placenta. My DH was a champ and cut it up into little pieces, I had to small pieces about 1 hour after delivering, and several more since then. I can't believe how good I feel, and look. This is my first UC, 5th child, and so I imagine that having her at home is playing into things as well but, I know the placenta is so good for me. I actually was craving it last night, I haven't chewed it just popped it into my mouth and swallowed it down. It's like my body knows it needs it and it is way better than trying to get myself to take a vitamin, cause I WANT it. If you aren't sure one way or the other may I please suggest you just go for it!
post #45 of 66
Congratulations on your new baby!!!
post #46 of 66
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I am so excited to share that I had my baby yesterday, and I am so glad that I decided before hand to at least try the placenta. My DH was a champ and cut it up into little pieces, I had to small pieces about 1 hour after delivering, and several more since then. I can't believe how good I feel, and look. This is my first UC, 5th child, and so I imagine that having her at home is playing into things as well but, I know the placenta is so good for me. I actually was craving it last night, I haven't chewed it just popped it into my mouth and swallowed it down. It's like my body knows it needs it and it is way better than trying to get myself to take a vitamin, cause I WANT it. If you aren't sure one way or the other may I please suggest you just go for it!
Congratulations :!! And good for you for trying placenta, isn't it just amazing?
post #47 of 66
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I haven't chewed it just popped it into my mouth and swallowed it down....
that's how i'm doing it! i asked my mw (who didn't make the delivery so it turned out to be a UBAC!) to cut it in little pieces and i swallow two a day. she wanted to blend it up but i said no, i wanted to just swallow oyster sized pieces. hey, i've had sashimi! i had her lay it out on parchment to freeze it, then put the fozen pieces in a bag. i take a couple down a day. i'm 2 weeks and two days post partum and have felt and looked great from the beginning. everyone kept saying i didn't look like i just had a baby. also, with my last pregnancy i had *horrible* night sweats for several months, sweating through six or seven changes of clothes and bed clothes a night. i haven't had any night sweats at all this time.

question: should i just keep doing this until it's all gone? or should i save some for some later purpose?? i feel like i've heard of people giving some to baby later but i can't remember why, and i feel like i have heard of people saving some for later but again, don't remember why. thoughts??

erika & juicy
post #48 of 66
I am vegetarian and I too ate my placenta. Eating it raw, The texture is like jello, so it swallows down really easily. I found that it didnt have any taste IMO (atleast it wasnt strong enough to resemble anything).
I also dried and encapsulated it. When we steamed it, it smelt strongly of liver. I never did take many of the tablets that I made though.
With this next baby I'm going to eat much more raw. And what ever I dont eat in the first day or two, I will freeze and then use in placenta smoothies. I MUCH prefered it raw. And it was so much less work too.
Enjoy!
post #49 of 66
If I'm birthing at the hospital will they let me keep my placenta? I'm prone to depression and anxiety so I'm willing to do ANYTHING to get me back on track.

(I know this is the UC section...but the thread is a favorite of mine)
post #50 of 66
I imagine it depends on where you live. I know here they can't keep it from you, but I have heard of hospitals elsewhere not letting you bring it home, and some give you a big hassle.
post #51 of 66
I have discussed this with my DH and he is totally open to me eating it. He just said "As long as you don't want to cook it up like liver and onions and have me eat it too.... that is too cannibalistic for me" but when I talked about him helping me make smoothies he was all for it. LOL!
post #52 of 66
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If I'm birthing at the hospital will they let me keep my placenta? I'm prone to depression and anxiety so I'm willing to do ANYTHING to get me back on track.

(I know this is the UC section...but the thread is a favorite of mine)
I asked this very question today at a Kaiser hospital and was told that though it is considered a biohazard, they will put it in a bio bag for someone to take out of the hospital but should do so as soon as possible because they begin to "stink." She also joked that they didn't mind us taking it, as long as, "we didn't invite them to the BBQ."

I wasn't amused.
post #53 of 66
Just had my baby this morning and popped a couple of pieces of placenta into my mouth right after. It didn't really have any taste and pretty much just slid down. I feel GREAT and plan on making a smoothie here in a minute. If this is all that I have to do to feel this good after giving birth then it really is not a big deal at all!
post #54 of 66
No one at the birthing center at the hospital in Santa Fe batted an eye when we said that we didn't want our to leave the room until we took it with us. It's yours! I can't imagine how they could deny you.
post #55 of 66
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Originally Posted by AFWife View Post
If I'm birthing at the hospital will they let me keep my placenta? I'm prone to depression and anxiety so I'm willing to do ANYTHING to get me back on track.

(I know this is the UC section...but the thread is a favorite of mine)
There was actually a court case in Vegas becase the hospital refused to give the mama her placenta. The mama won! :
http://www.buzzle.com/articles/mothe...enta-back.html
post #56 of 66
Placenta smoothies...made with your placenta and fresh fruit! Yum! I absolutely swear I didn't taste it. In fact, DH was putting placenta into the smoothies without my knowledge lol.

Go DH!

And yes I had a great recovery.
post #57 of 66
Wait, your husband put placenta in your food without your knowledge? I'm not saying I wouldn't eat placenta (I'd prefer capsulized for my own sensibilities), but it'd have to be some kind of emergency for me to be okay with being fed placenta without my knowledge!
post #58 of 66
Anyone got any ideas how fine it needs to ground if you're making capsules? Does it all need to be powder, or just tiny bits?
post #59 of 66
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Originally Posted by Devaskyla View Post
Anyone got any ideas how fine it needs to ground if you're making capsules? Does it all need to be powder, or just tiny bits?
I used a coffee grinder to powderize mine. I think it needs to be at least coffee granule size so a good amount actually fits in the capsules.
post #60 of 66
I'm glad I came across this.

I encapsulated my last placenta and had a great recovery. I often wondered though how many nutrients were destroyed during the boiling and dehydrating.

Now I'm wondering if cutting the placenta in pill size chunks and just swallowing wouldn't be a better idea.

Does anyone know anything about this?

About the smell while cooking...I thought it smelled like venison. I had this crazy urge to just tear into it while I was cutting it in strips.
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