The two are not related! Just combining for quickness!
I am super anemic right now despite taking floradix and/or spa tone this entire pregnancy. My Hb is 8.4 and my ferritin is at 5. Not sure if I have absorption issues or if I really just need a lot of iron. I am taking lots of different supplements now and hopefully will see an improvement before the birth. Mainly I just get super tired and out of breath/dizzy easily. BUT with my last birth (this next one will be number 4 and hopefully home vbac number 2) I was totally wiped out. Like I could have slept for a week no problems. I think then I had undiagnosed iron deficiency anemia too. I do not want to be in that state again. Anyway, moving on to my main point. A friend recommended to me that I eat some of the placenta. She said she did this after her 5th baby and the difference she felt was amazing. She hardly bled at all, maybe for less than a week with PP bleeding and was so energised. She said she took 3inch pieces and each day would put one in a smoothie. She and her mum chopped the placenta up into tiny bits and froze it and she would eat a smoothie a day for about a week. Then she dehydrated the rest and made capsules to take. I did some research this last week and found a 'placenta network' here in the UK where someone can come take away your placenta and make the pills for you. It is a really growing thing. I had heard about it before but never felt much like trying it. However the way I feel right now I would be happy to have an energy boost. Supposedly you get a boost of the hormones your body is lacking (and which can contribute to PPD) and feel good emotionally too. Anyone done this or planning too? I realise it is too hard core for most and do not know even if those of you planning hospital births will have access to their own placentas to take home afterwords. I do not know how it works over on the other side of the Atlantic. Here you can request your placenta and just take it home with you (although I am sure most mamas might say to bury it rather than eat it!).
Belly Binding. Saw this mentioned on the PP thread. I have been very keen to so this but have heard a few not good things about the main seller of belly bindings for PP, the Belly Bandit. Mainly that it is uncomfortable to sit in (see how their website doesn't mention sitting? Only standing up? Well I just know that with breastfeeding non stop I shall be spending my more time on my ass and back than feet). Also some reviews say it is stiff, does not look good under clothing and rolls over when you use it sitting down. I am thinking about buying a surgical one from amazon and seeing how it goes.
oh wait look, this lady did a review on the five best belly binders.... maybe I will try one of those. Although the one she has as her favourite doesn't adjust?
I love the idea of being wrapped in something strong around my abdomen after birth as I always feel so loose and strange. It will be comforting I think. Plus so many other cultures do this as a matter of course, to strengthen the woman's core and help with body shaping, and muscle strengthening/correcting.
I'd like some others opinions on these two issues, thanks
Edited by border stories - 7/14/12 at 4:23am