I am quite concerned about developing PPD (I'm due in Jan and have a history of SAD and I already have a two year old). I have heard about ingesting placentas before of course, but I know that the only way I could POSSIBLY ingest it would be in pill form (placenta dried and encapsulated - a doula in my area offers this service for about a hundred bucks).
The "scientific" part of my brain wants evidence though, and all I can find is anecdotal stories. Does anyone know if this has actually been systematically researched in terms of reducing the likelihood of developing PPD? Preferrably a double-blind placebo study? I wonder if the drying process would negate any benefits - what happens to the hormones etc... are they still viable and effective?
Also, a side note, I am not able to swallow pills (pregnancy makes me gag, and I expect this will last a couple months afterwards like it did for my DS). So I would have to open the capsule and put it IN something (like apple sauce maybe?) Has anyone done this and did it have a strong taste?
I am a strict vegetarian and have been for 20+ years - and I know this makes absolutely NO logical sense - but it feels yucky to eat "meat" (even my OWN, where no suffering has occurred), so it will be really hard for me to swallow, literally! Any other vegetarians have this illogical reaction as well?