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Placenta Consumption for Rh- Mamas

post #1 of 19
Thread Starter 

Is it safe to consume the placenta of your Rh+ baby if you are Rh-?

post #2 of 19

I do not have an answer for you, but I have many. many placenta consuming friends and none of them has ever mentioned this as a factor. Now, that could simply mean that all of them are Rh+, but I feel like I would have heard something over the last 5 years about it if it weren't. I will check with some trusted sources for you and report back ; )

post #3 of 19
So maybe this is a dumb question. But why would anyone consume their placenta? What's done with it otherwise?
post #4 of 19

Hi Mumma,

 

Just wanted to pipe in and let you know that I will be consuming my placenta too.

I have no advice as to Rh- tho, but I just wanted to let you know that I think there are a few of us planning to :)

 

Tetiana- Benefits of consuming your own placenta include

 Increase general energy

 Allow a quicker return to health after birth
 Increase production of breast milk
 Decrease likelihood of baby blues and post natal depression
 Decrease likelihood of iron deficiency
 Decrease likelihood of insomnia or sleep disorders

 

This was taken from   http://placentabenefits.info/medicinal.asp  in case you are interested in learning more about how and why women and families may chose to consume the placenta.

 

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post #5 of 19
Thread Starter 

Thanks for looking into it for me, Mama Harrison.
 

post #6 of 19

I've never heard anything about rh-/+ either. 

 

We're going to dehydrate my placenta (my wonderful, stomach of steel husband is going to do it! lol) since there's no way I'd be able to do it raw!  I had terrible PPD after my girls and I don't want to do that again! :)

post #7 of 19

IMO, Placenta is best consumed immediately or as soon as possible after birth for best benefits. I have many friends who have said they preferred it best in a fruit smoothie with strawberries, OJ, and pineapple and that the taste can be likened a bit to floradix

post #8 of 19

So, the word is that it is totally safe since the antibodies don't pass through the digestive system. Enjoy!

post #9 of 19
Thread Starter 

Thank you! Looking forward to a placenta smoothie, lol!
 

post #10 of 19

 

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Originally Posted by mamaharrison View Post

IMO, Placenta is best consumed immediately or as soon as possible after birth for best benefits. I have many friends who have said they preferred it best in a fruit smoothie with strawberries, OJ, and pineapple and that the taste can be likened a bit to floradix

 

 

I've never done this, though I even mentioned the benefits to one of my midwives.  They said 'sure' they'd cut off a chunk and make me a smoothie.  But, just didn't think about it at the time LOL.  Part of me just has that feeling that if we were meant to eat it we would instinctively do it...many mammals, usually those who tend towards multiple births, do it.  But, hey, if it's instinctive to you...and there doesn't seem to be any negatives.

post #11 of 19

I'm a placenta encapsulationist and yes Rh- is totally fine to consume.  The antibodies won't survive digestion.  I highly recommend putting a thumb sized piece of placenta in a fruit smoothie shortly after birth to boost your system until the capsules are ready the following day.  Also consider making a tincture with a piece of raw placenta.  It is a great remedy to have on hand after your capsules are gone and it can also be given to baby as well.  I'll be consuming my placenta for the second time shine.gif
 

post #12 of 19

What does placent taste like? Do you tell the doctor in advance, to save it for you for consumption?

post #13 of 19

No hospital will release a placenta for consumption because they view it as medical waste aka make tons of money selling it to cosmetic companies. It is usually a BIG challenge to have your placenta released after a hospital birth, but your best bet is to say you are requesting it to plant a tree over it for ceremony or something like that--even them prepare for them to put up a fight or flat out refuse. This has been the experience of numerous mamas I know birthing in a hospital in Florida.

post #14 of 19

 

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Originally Posted by tetiana View Post

What does placent taste like? Do you tell the doctor in advance, to save it for you for consumption?

 

It tastes a  lot like liver.  Mixed into a smoothie you don't taste it at all.  The vast majority of my clients have hospital births and have no issue getting their placenta released.  Let your provider know you want to keep the placenta and put it in your birth plan.  Have someone at your birth in charge of getting the placenta; its a great job for a doula or mother.  Your best ally is your nurse so make friends with her and you shouldn't have an issue.

post #15 of 19

I have a food dehyrdator...can I do my own placenta?

Or is there a service I can have them pick up and prep?

post #16 of 19

 

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Originally Posted by mamaharrison View Post

No hospital will release a placenta for consumption

 

I think it varies. I was offered mine by the midwife after my hospital birth. I said no, but this time I'll be keeping it.

post #17 of 19

Perhaps this is a FL thing then because I have had friends outright denied access to their placenta--couldn't even view it. Glad to hear it isn't so everywhere ; )

post #18 of 19

I had two FL babies. It's not the state. 

post #19 of 19

You can do it yourself or hire someone to do it for you.  Here is a great directory of placenta providers.

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