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post #1 of 30
Thread Starter 

So over the course of this ddc we have had several threads about what to do with the placenta: encapsulation, smoothies, prints, plant with a tree, etc.


I thought this would be a good thread to share what you did with the placenta and what your results were. If you did prints it would be great if you could post pics.


If you have read the threads you know I am a huge advocate for consumtion in smoothie form and if not possible then through encapsulation. So it will be no surprise to you that my mw prepared mine for smoothies and I have been happily drinking 1-2 a day since the birth. Saphira is 6 days old today and my bleeding has stopped, I am pretty sure that my uterus is almost completely contracted, my milk is plentiful, I have had no ppd, etc. I do have more exhaustion than I hoped but I think that has to do with having 5 children 9 and under with the youngest being 6 days, being 36, and having been pg 3 times in the last 1 1/2 yrs.


Share your stories here so maybe some of the moms that are waiting for their babies and are undeceided will have some experiences to base their decision off of.

post #2 of 30



I want to make smoothies!!!!!


dh has volunteered to clean and cut it up - does anyone know of a tutorial?

post #3 of 30
Thread Starter 

There is not really a wrong way to do this. Here is what I have come up with.


To Prepare the Placenta:


  1. throughly rinse placenta and remove cord and all membranes.
  2. place on a cutting board and slice placenta into thumb size pieces (basically the size of your thumb from the tip to the top knuckle).
  3. Rinse pieces, pat dry, and put in a gallon size zip top bag. They can store in the fridge like this for 3ish days.
  4. On day 3 or 4 pp, remove placenta pieces from plastic bag and place on a cookie sheet (or other flat surface) and freeze. Once frozen put into a clean zip top freezer safe bag. and put in the freezer. (Continue using the pieces just as before)


To prepare the smoothie:


  1. put in a little milk or juice (I use rice milk as we have a dairy allergy).
  2. put in a handful of frozen fruit (I use red fruit like strawberries, rasberries, blueberries, etc.)
  3. put in about 1/3 a bannana
  4. blend
  5. add 1-2 placenta pieces
  6. blend
  7. ENJOY eat.gif (The first time I did this I was worried about stray chunks (never happened) so I drank my first few through a straw, so that is an option too) This time I did get a stray chunk and just threw it back real quick. I couldn't taste a thing so it was not at all as bed as i had thought:).




  1. Immediately after birth (as soon as possible take your first smoothie) make as above with 3 or so pieces of placenta (depending on size).
  2. Depending on what time you gave birth have another at breakfast and another at dinner (or bed time). (as described above with about 2 pieces of placenta)
  3. On day 2 have 1 at breakfast and 1 at dinner (or bed time) (as described above with about 2 pieces of placenta). Continue this through days 3-5.  Then depending on how you are feeling take 1 smoothie a day (I take mine in the morning) until the placenta is gone. DON"T FORGET TO PUT YOUR PLACENTA PIECES IN THE FREEZER ON DAY 3 OR 4.  Hope this helps
post #4 of 30

I heartbeat.gif you , the boysmomma!

thank you :)


post #5 of 30

My midwife made me a smoothie. I drank that right after the birth.. and I have more but haven't had any to drink yet. I keep forgetting about it. My bleeding stopped 6 days PP, but then came back lightly the next day. She was born Friday night and my milk came in on Sunday. I have been feeling good!

post #6 of 30

Pills :)  I got 192 after adding in some herbs to enhance it. 




I've felt FABULOUS after this birth so I haven't taken these regularly, but when I get a little exhausted or bluesy, I'll pop a couple and feel better.  These will be most beneficial when I go back to work (in 1 week *sobs*) to help with me being upset over leaving my wee one so young. 

post #7 of 30
Thread Starter 
Saiorse- your welcome.

Amy Lynn- what herbs did you add? Did you encapsulate yourself or did someone else do it? How long did it take?

Nicole- keep up with those smoothies and maybe the bleeding will completely stop. Glad you feel great.
post #8 of 30


Originally Posted by theboysmama View Post
Amy Lynn- what herbs did you add? Did you encapsulate yourself or did someone else do it? How long did it take?

St Johns Wort for mood and yellow burdock & nettles or iron- Have a MW friend who is a certified herbalist and she does placenta encapsulation- she made a custom blend for me based off my concerns for after the birth (depression going back to work & anemia). 


I did the encapsulation myself.  The dehydration part took 10-12hrs.  The rest took *maybe* 2hrs- it was pretty fast & really easy. 

post #9 of 30
Thread Starter 

saiorise- did you give it a try?

post #10 of 30

just getting to it now!


do I cut off hte tree?

post #11 of 30
Thread Starter 

i just remove the sac and cord. What remains is the big placenta chunk. You want to use as much of that as you can.

post #12 of 30

well it is cut in chunks and in the freezer on a cookie sheet...dh came in the kitchen just after putting the kids to bed and saw me in the midst of it - turned around and went back to bed with a turned stomach...lol


post #13 of 30
Thread Starter 
My dh can't stomach it either but sais it is worth it because it helps me so much.
post #14 of 30
Palesa was born Monday afternoon and I didn't start preparing it until Tuesday afternoon. I cut it myself and was surprised at how emotional it was to touch the thing that nourished my baby for so long. I made the first smoothie and then needed to sit so dh put the rest away. He made me two smoothies today. Tomorrow, day #3 I guess we'll try two more. Dh individually wrapped portions and then put in a freezer container. I was giving instructions for freezing from memory but the individual portions was all him, and there is more in the fridge. He was a little grossed but I don't call him dear dh for nothing! Hard to say yet what impact it is having except that I feel emotionally nourished and so connected to my little girl. I cried this evening that she will.never be one day old again. Thanks for the recipe & encouragement! And Saorise, it is an honor to be birthday AND placenta sisters with you.
post #15 of 30

I know this is a dumb question, but how do you get to keep the placenta? do you just discuss it with your doctor/midwife? i wanted to keep mine to plant a willow tree with for my daughter, but never got the chance to discuss it withmy doc..My water broke 11 days early and after almost 20 hours of hard labor and 2 hours of pushing i didnt even think yo ask for it. I was just so happy to have my baby girl. /but with the next pregnancy I definitely want to try out some of these ideas!!!!!

What do hospitals do with the placentas anyways? Do they donate them or toss them?

post #16 of 30
Thread Starter 

emilyann- that is not a dumb question at all. Hospitals typically toss them (although there was a dr that was testing them w/out permission... not sure where that article is, I saw it on fb).

Ds1 was born in the hospital and my dr asked me if I wanted it and put it in a container and gave it to dh to take home.

the others were all born at home and w/ ds 2 adn ds3 my my just put it in a ziploc and put it in my freezer:). We never really discussed it. W/dd1, ds4, and dd2 I knew that I would be consuming it and asked my mw to prep it for me so that is how it worked for us.

If you are delivering in a hospital, talk w/ your dr. early on about how to handle this issue. You can put it in your file and your birth plan. You don't have to tell them you are gonna eat it but DO make sure that they do not treat it w/ anything before giving it to you.

post #17 of 30

I didn't want to consume mine, but I did want to SEE it!  Never got the chance though, which sucks.  They said it was really small though...

post #18 of 30

Had a smoothie after the birth, then started the pills 4 days after birth. I do think it has helped my mood, still have some anxiety, but not horrible. 

post #19 of 30

I asked for the placenta to take home, and the nurse said it had to go to pathology b/c of my risk factors. I knew she was mistaken, but I was so happy and at peace with my baby and the birth that I didn't care anywhere near enough to argue over it.


After we got home, we finally sent DS1's placenta, which had been in our freezer for five bleeping years, to industrial composting. We needed the freezer space, and it didn't seem fair to plant his beneath a tree when DS2's got analyzed and then tossed.

post #20 of 30

I finally had my first smoothie today...not sure how I feel about it....tasted good, but feel a little guilty...weird....like I should have kept it intact

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