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What are you planning to do with your PLACENTA?

post #1 of 56
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Just wondering what everyone is planning to do with your placenta - are you going to consume it, save it, plant it, forget about it?

 

I'm planning to ingest my placenta in smoothie form in the first couple of days after birth. I was hit really hard with PPD with my first baby, and I would like to do all I can to fight it this time. From what I've read, eating it fresh is the best way to get the most benefit from your placenta. I had thought about encapsulation, but apparently much of that raw-enzyme goodness is lost through the dehydration process. The woman who does encapsulation in my city also said that she has stopped freezing placentas because there are new studies out that show that freezing also strips some of that placenta-goodness away. I'm on the lookout for these studies, which I haven't found yet, but in the meantime I plan to keep the placenta raw and fresh for maximum benefit. 

 

If you are planning to make a smoothie, or casserole, or some other kind of food-type preparation, I'd love to hear your recipe. So far I'm planning to combine my placenta with banana, frozen blueberries and strawberries, coconut water, honey and maybe kale or spinach. 

 

I am also interested in a recipe that just blended it with V8 juice for total taste-masking, but I don't usually drink V8, so I;m still thinking on that one. 

 

I am pretty squeamish when it comes to tastes and textures, so I'm hoping to find a magic recipe that masks the flavour of the placenta. I'm also recruiting DH, or someone else, to make my smoothies, because I figure that if I don't have to see it being prepared, I'll be less gweebed out by it. 

 

 

 

 

post #2 of 56

Encapsulating, with a partial lotus birth, and placenta prints (with the blood that's present, not paint of course!) =)  

 

I only just learned about placentophagy with this pregnancy (!), and I am sooo excited to try it.  The things that placenta consumption are most helpful with are ALL big-problem issues with me in the recovery-phase (low milk supply, PPD, and excessive bleeding risk).

 

Even better?  The only person for miles and miles that does encapsulation is one of my close friends--AND a doula!

 

KayPea, I commend you for doing it raw--I bet it is much more beneficial and natural.  I'm a very tactile-sensitive person in general, and as a vegetarian of 16+ years--I just don't think I could stomach it.  You can call me a wannabe, I will understand. yummy.gif  LOL

 

Here's an awesome blog post to do with placentas...I do love the painted placenta print, even tho the paint would render it inedible...!  

FTR if you're really new to this whole eat-the-placenta concept, "part one" of that blog post, linked toward the bottom, will be a good read as well orngbiggrin.gif

post #3 of 56

Placenta encapsulation over here!

post #4 of 56

I'm planning on having my midwife or doula fix me a placenta smoothie right afterward and then have a few small pill size pieces cut off to freeze and ingest until I get the placenta pills from the encapsulation lady.

post #5 of 56

We discussed this a bit in the original DDC.  http://www.mothering.com/community/t/1325731/placenta-encapsulation

I am encapsulating for the same reasons as Krystal- vegetarian and can't imagine the idea of stomaching it.  Eek.  I don't even think I can look at it!  I'm such a squeamish person.... My friend is going to encapsulate it for me!

post #6 of 56
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Originally Posted by crazykittymomma View Post

I'm planning on having my midwife or doula fix me a placenta smoothie right afterward and then have a few small pill size pieces cut off to freeze and ingest until I get the placenta pills from the encapsulation lady.



Hmm...  That's a very good idea, so that you can get some benefits immediately.  I have also heard of teeny bits of placenta being used under the tongue, almost like a homeopathic remedy.  Not sure I could do that, LOL...but I do have a Vita-mix...I will have to Google some recipes.  

 

One part of me is going EEW, but the more rational part of me is going, "if i choked down castor oil and prune juice last time, anything's possible..."  orngtongue.gif

post #7 of 56

Encapsulate!

post #8 of 56

I totally can't stomach the idea of ingesting it. Part of it is being vegetarian, part of it is just plain squeamishness, part of it is never having had any issues with blood loss or PPD, I just can't do it. A friend's step-mom works with cadaver-searching police dogs, and they need placentas to train the dogs, so I'm going to donate it to the police department. Her step-mom's dog actually found enough body parts in a particularly gruesome case to convict the murderer, so it's kind of morbid, but a good cause.

 

Last time the MWs just tossed it, and the first time was a hospital birth and they took it. If we lived in a home where we were going to be long-term, I'd plant it under a tree or something, but we move so often that there's no point.

post #9 of 56

Thanks, Meesh... I thought I was going to be the only one and win the "least crunchy mom of the year" award. This time, I'm leaving it at the hospital. I kept dd2's (from 7 years ago!) to plant under a tree one day when I bought I home I would stay in. Still has not happened. I had ppd with dd1, but not with dd2. With dd2, I continued to take iron and eat a lot of protien, preemptively took anti-depressants, and got a lot more rest in the first few weeks. I looked into donated the cord blood, but it's too late at this point. 

post #10 of 56

If the placenta looks healthy, it's going to be encapsulated and if things go right, I want a piece to go into a smoothie not long after delivery.

post #11 of 56

I'm pretty squeamish and vegetarian as well, but for some reason it's not grossing me out. I had bleeding, mood swings and exhaustion issues last time (no hemorrhage, just bleeding that lasted FOREVER) and since I'll be tandem nursing, I figure I could use all the help I can get in the milk boosting department. Plus, whatever fast healing benefits would be awesome. I figure I'll be ok so long as someone else does the prep. Honestly, I don't really even want to see the thing after I push it out, but I'll drink a smoothie, swallow some tiny chunks and take the pills. :p

post #12 of 56

I'll probably do a smoothie right after birth with a piece, but then the rest is getting encapsulated.  I was talking to my midwives about it, because I really can't afford to pay for it to be done, and one of the student midwives offered to do it for free since she is just starting out learning encapsulation. joy.gif  I am so happy.  DH is absolutely DISGUSTED by the idea of placenta anything (I think he threw up after planting a bush over the last one...) so this will spare him from frozen placenta chunks for smoothies in the freezer, and me from having to prepare it myself.

post #13 of 56

I'm encapsulating, but want to cut off a few pieces so I can have smoothies the first few days.  I'm vegan, but not squeamish - I'd eat the sucker plain and raw if it were my only choice.  I make myself some pretty intense smoothies sometimes (I'm terrible about over-doing the blue-green algae, and I can't STAND the taste, and once I added way too many mustard greens), and I can hold my nose and choke down pretty much anything.

post #14 of 56

I'm going the smoothie route.  eat.gif   My awesome (vegan) midwife does all the prep; she's just asked that I have some frozen berries and yogurt on hand. She's going to make me the smoothie right away and then dice up the rest and divide up into small freezer bags for future use.  She was telling me about a client of hers who started bleeding several weeks after labor (walking to the grocery store was overkill for her healing body) and my midwife reminded her to dig a baggie out of the freezer and make a smoothie.  She stopped bleeding soon after, which is pretty cool.

post #15 of 56

I wish to use mine as feed for a new baby Nikau Palm tree that will be planted when my baby is born.

 

The only thing I have to wonder is something quite practical:

How do I transport the placenta home? How big is this sucker going to be?

post #16 of 56
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Originally Posted by Eternal_Howl View Post

The only thing I have to wonder is something quite practical:

How do I transport the placenta home? How big is this sucker going to be?


It will fit in a gallon freezer bag.  I suggest double bagging it.  Will you be at a birth center or hospital?  Have you verified that you can indeed bring it home?  Placenta is considered a biohazard and often there is paperwork and hoops to jump through to get it home.  Unless, of course, you pretty much "steal" it when no one is looking, which a friend of mine did!

 

post #17 of 56

I can't believe that any woman has to "steal" her own placenta to get it off of hospital premises. duh.gif Ayayay...

post #18 of 56

Yep.  Biohazard.  Definitely double check your birth place's policy ahead of time!

post #19 of 56
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Originally Posted by Jaimee View Post

Yep.  Biohazard.  Definitely double check your birth place's policy ahead of time!



I spoke to my hospital CNM about taking the placenta home, and she said it's totally fine.  Just remind them in the birth plan that that's what I want, and they will put it in a baggy for a friend to pick up.  What they won't do is store it while I'm at the hospital.  It sounds like it's something they do frequently, so I'm expecting no problems.  My doula actually knows the woman who is going to be encapsulating it for me, so she offered to take it to her for me (such a gem!).  

post #20 of 56

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Originally Posted by Jaimee View Post

Yep.  Biohazard.  Definitely double check your birth place's policy ahead of time!

 

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Originally Posted by Ablemec View Post

I spoke to my hospital CNM about taking the placenta home, and she said it's totally fine.  Just remind them in the birth plan that that's what I want, and they will put it in a baggy for a friend to pick up.  What they won't do is store it while I'm at the hospital.  It sounds like it's something they do frequently, so I'm expecting no problems.

 

Make sure they don't treat it with formaldehyde!  I think it's routine to treat these "biohazards" before throwing them away.  This happened to my sister - a nurse wasn't in the birth plan loop, I guess, and treated it before anyone could stop her. crap.gif  My sister sure as hell couldn't ingest it after that and we're still unsure if it's safe to plant.

 

 

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