There is a strong, old tradition of placenta consumption all over the world. It is still common in Asia and in parts of Europe. In China today placenta is widely prescribed to all kinds of people to prevent and cure depression and other health woes. It is known to prevent PPD in new mothers and restore their vitamin and mineral needs. It also is well known to stop excessive PP bleeding almost immediately after birth.
It isn’t about ‘being sentimental’, I too tend to let things go when their work is through. We kept Tristan’s placenta because I didn’t want the hospital to have it. (for anyone who is curious, NO HOSPITAL can keep your placenta, all you need do is sign a paper and you get to keep it.) Placenta consumption is more often about respecting our bodies’ perfect design. Yes, mothers can and have survived without eating their placentas, just as all mammals will survive without having eaten theirs. They are at an advantage if they have eaten it, an advantage that their bodies intended them to have. Through all our millions of years of evolution, somehow mammals came to consume their placentas, and our bodies are prepared for this. A perfect balance came: a mother could restore all her lost energy and minerals without effort, and thus could avoid the mineral and vitamin deficiencies that often lead to PPD. Her bleeding (rare) would kill her less often, her milk would come in and be richer with food sourced vitamins.
Just as babies can survive without 40% of their blood volume (when the cord is prematurely cut),mothers an survive without the benefit of placenta. For me, though, I choose to honor the tradition and my body’s needs this time. Last time, I was of the opinion that my body was fabulous and could make up for anything. This is a great attitude and is true IMO for the most part. I think I did well after the birth. But any help I can give my body, that is natural and does no harm, Is fine by me! I will be nursing 2. I want to give my uterus & breasts their best start, :LOL
All that said, I don’t think everyone should eat their placentas. It is just my decision this time. If I don’t feel like it after the birth, I wont do it! If I taste it and don’t like it, I wont eat it!
My mw thought it tasted like venison, deer. She said it should only be barely cooked, or it is tough. You also don’t eat the entire placenta. Unless you choose to dry it and take it by capsule. Here is a recipe
I intend to cut off and eat a piece before it is cooked. I don’t know if I will do it, but it is an idea. I will also consume part after cooking. Hello, it cant be any grosser than say... Raw oysters :LOL
As far as organ meats/ filtering, the placenta is not like a liver. The placenta is like a gateway that allows nutrients and oxygen and waste products and certain other things pass from mother’s blood to baby’s, and back, without allowing the blood itself to mix. The mother’s own liver is the filter that holds onto certain toxins both from mom and baby, though in an organic situation this is reduced a lot.
Anyway, I hope you mamas understand now why I have chosen this. I don’t expect anyone to necessarily agree or even think its normal! But I do think it is something everyone should at least try to open their mind to.
Ok, That’s my reasoning :LOL
TurboClaudia- I have heard that a lot! Babies don’t like ultrasound or dopplar. We are using the fetoscope now that babe is big enough.
Robin- I understand what you mean about homebirth after hospital birth... Planning this one I kick myself all the time for not being at home last time. Our first birth was beautiful and wonderful. But I am mixed between upset & healing this time. Well, it is an emotional journey...
For us, homebirth was an option last time, we just couldn’t afford it. We cant afford it this time, either, but we learned the hard way that it is worth it, if anything is worth money it is a normal birth.Welcome, sweets!
Tanjarine- how exciting!!! you’re almost there!
Stacia- Thanks for sharing your story. I too had a less than stable life and relationship with my mother in my 6th month of pregnancy.. We moved... A lot of factors... This time I love my home and I love my situation. Though my mother still isn’t invited :LOL There is a lot of healing for me this time.
Ok enough with the novel...