I should know this after 5 babies (3 UC), but am looking for a bit more info.... The placenta was intact (nothing retained) as far as I could tell, but it seemed like clots were easily falling off the maternal side and when I picked it up was hard to keep together (i.e. my fingers could just about pull it apart). I think there was calcification to some degree as I noticed grey areas, not a uniform burgundy/red. Would calcification cause it to "disintegrate"? It also did not separate from the uterus right away and took a little over 2 hrs to be birthed (normal for me and no cause to be worried).
What (if any) is the average size of the placenta? Does it depend on the size of the baby? (Sorry for the simplistic ?'s--let's just sum it up to post partum brain)
My other questions are in regards to consuming the placenta. How long will a placenta last in the fridge before it needs to be frozen or dehydrated? I was thinking 2-3 days...If I was to only have a few fresh smoothies in the first few days will it still be beneficial for post partum depression or just for initial energy/nutrients?
Thoughts, links, and such greatly appreciated.