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Poll Results: Do you think eating your placenta is gross?

This is a multiple choice poll
  • 30% (17)
    yes- very gross.
  • 19% (11)
    yes - a little gross.
  • 19% (11)
    neutral or a soft no
  • 12% (7)
    Not at all gross!
  • 8% (5)
    I would never eat my placenta
  • 19% (11)
    I would eat my placenta if I felt the need
  • 17% (10)
    I have eaten a placenta, would eat one if I gave birth again….
56 Total Votes  
post #21 of 38

It's not something I would ever consider doing, but I don't think that people who choose to eat it (or "take" it, as in capsule form) are gross or depraved or anything. 

post #22 of 38

I was definitely grossed out by the idea the first time I heard about it, but eventually I came around to the idea. I was so scared of PPD or PPP (my mom was hospitilized for PP Psychosis) so I tried to set myself up to reduce my chances as much as possible. I thought DH would be grossed out, but he thought it was pretty cool and he helped me dehydrate it since it was hard for me to stand up in the kitchen for long periods of time at the time. The pills smelled strong, but then again I hate the smell of any pill or vitamin so I usually take it with juice and plug my nose, so it wasnʻt any different than taking my prenatals for me. 

 

I was amazed at how difficult it was to get my placenta back from the hospital though. I didnʻt really have a plan in place since I transferred from a home birth. Even though I live in the only state that requires all hospitals to release the motherʻs placenta upon request, I still had to have a negative Hep C test on file, and that test took a couple days to go to the lab. But the nurses were very sweet and wrapped it up nicely and froze it for me until I could pick it up 5 days later. I was bummed I had to wait so long. 

 

I still have his piko and the leftover pieces wrapped up in my freezer (14+months later) and keep meaning to do something special with them....

post #23 of 38
I don't think it's gross but I don't have any real desire to eat mine. I would struggle to eat it raw but I don't like raw meat/fish/eggs in general so I don't think that's a placenta-specific aversion.

I have yet to see any true evidence of benefit which is the main reason I'm not considering eating it. If I happened to give birth unexpectedly, help was a long way away and I was bleeding then I'd give it a go though.

I don't consider it canabalism because I don't consider it part of either my or the baby's body even though it is made from cells contributed by us both. It was the, very important, link between us while I was pregnant but now neither of us need it to thrive.

I have my LOs placenta in the freezer and I plan to keep this babe's as well. I'll probably do some prints, take some photos and then we'll bury them in the garden.
post #24 of 38

i am a pretty open person esp. where food is concerned so did not find the idea 'gross'.

 

however i also feel most people find a lot of things gross around pregnancy.

 

i wonder what their actions would be if tomorrow research showed eating placenta took away cancerous tumors in lab rats. 

 

to be honest with you, the things i find gross - others consider food. pop tarts and cool aid gross me out. i feel revulsed when i see it. and i feel revulsed even more when i see a child eating it. organic or not, there is no reason for them to exist. 

post #25 of 38

My first placenta smoothie was made with a raw piece, but it was completely blended so I didn't even taste it or feel the texture. Each smoothie afterward was made with small pieces of frozen raw placenta. I think I only had a total of maybe 3 smoothies? and I still have the placenta in the freezer. I'm not sure what to do with it now though!

If you blend a small piece of placenta with bananas and strawberries (or something else thick), I promise you won't even know it's in there.

post #26 of 38

I had it encapsulated to ingest it , and probably will again  (pending that they dont need it for anything in the lab). I would never eat it. It would just gross me out. 

post #27 of 38

I'm a little surprised to see how many people here on MDC think it's disgusting.  Mine was encapsulated, so technically, I didn't eat it with a fork or anything, but I did consume it and would certainly do so again.  With my first two children, I had intense postpartum anxiety; with my third, I took the placenta capsules and was not anxious.  I'm a believer.

post #28 of 38

I don't view it as cannibalism but do feel it is somewhat gross. I guess I feel it is a bit like eating tongue or liver. A lot of things are kind of gross to eat but people consume them because they have a reason.

 

I think the dried encapsulated form sounds much less gross.

 

I never once thought of eating my placenta when dd was born. I don't plan to have any more children so I feel confident in saying I will never eat my placenta.

post #29 of 38
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Originally Posted by brackin View Post

I'm a little surprised to see how many people here on MDC think it's disgusting.  Mine was encapsulated, so technically, I didn't eat it with a fork or anything, but I did consume it and would certainly do so again.  With my first two children, I had intense postpartum anxiety; with my third, I took the placenta capsules and was not anxious.  I'm a believer.

I guess I took the question literally. While I dont think its gross at all to ingest it, I think the idea of eating it is gross. Eating being chewing it up and swallowing it or drinking it in a smoothie. To me, pills are just different. I wouldnt "eat" fish oil, but I will take it in pill form. 

post #30 of 38

I ate mine in smoothies and that was the only way I would eat it because I didn't have to taste it or smell it.  I think the idea of eating a placenta is somewhat gross, but I did it. 

post #31 of 38

I am not sure if you mean any type of consuming it or eating it raw.   I could not just bite into it and eat it raw. I have heard of people that cut off a piece right after birth and eat it.  That is not for me. 

I do plan to get mine encapsalated this time.  I wanted to for my last birth, but ended up being too tired and busy with a new baby to do it.  I am going to hire someone this time. 

I know a few people who have made jerky out of their placenta and lots of ladies that cut it up and put it into smoothies.  They tend to use the whole thing up in about a week.

post #32 of 38
Quote:
Originally Posted by crunchy_mommy View Post

I don't think it's gross at all, aside from the taste/texture thing. A lot of my friends did it, and I would consider it (preferably in capsule form!) next time I give birth. I probably had PPD for all of DS's first year, it might have helped. My placenta was "hot" though, so had to be sent to the lab for testing (no idea what that means and I wasn't thinking of eating it at the time anyway!)
I recently started eating meat, and after being vegan for many many years, I've come to a feel that if I can eat meat, I could eat just about anything. I don't really see any difference between eating meat or placenta... or bugs, or cats, or raccoons... some might not taste great, but our society has drawn some pretty random lines between "edible" and "inedible" and they don't make a whole lot of sense to me.

 

I had PPD for quite some time after DD's birth, and for a time after DS' birth. Had I known about the (possible) benefits of placentaphagy(?), I probably would have jumped at the opportunity, just for the massiveness of the post-partum stuff.

 

Also, I totally agree with the bolded. My sister and I were having a conversation very similar to this just the other day. Her being more mainstream, and my being more like, "why are the rules like that?"

 

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Originally Posted by cat13 View Post

I was definitely grossed out by the idea the first time I heard about it, but eventually I came around to the idea. I was so scared of PPD or PPP (my mom was hospitilized for PP Psychosis) so I tried to set myself up to reduce my chances as much as possible. I thought DH would be grossed out, but he thought it was pretty cool and he helped me dehydrate it since it was hard for me to stand up in the kitchen for long periods of time at the time. The pills smelled strong, but then again I hate the smell of any pill or vitamin so I usually take it with juice and plug my nose, so it wasnʻt any different than taking my prenatals for me. 

 

I was amazed at how difficult it was to get my placenta back from the hospital though. I didnʻt really have a plan in place since I transferred from a home birth. Even though I live in the only state that requires all hospitals to release the motherʻs placenta upon request, I still had to have a negative Hep C test on file, and that test took a couple days to go to the lab. But the nurses were very sweet and wrapped it up nicely and froze it for me until I could pick it up 5 days later. I was bummed I had to wait so long. 

 

I still have his piko and the leftover pieces wrapped up in my freezer (14+months later) and keep meaning to do something special with them....

 

From what I've read, Indiana hospitals won't/can't even release your placenta to you. Which really bums me out, because DF agreed it might be a good idea to encapsulate it. greensad.gif

 

As for the original question, I don't think it's gross. Different, maybe, something I could eat, as in stir-fry, or smoothie? Probably not. I don't think it's gross, but texture bothers me, sometimes, and I don't know that the texture would be the same as a chicken breast or something. But then again, half the time I can't stand the texture of "regular" meat, either, so...

post #33 of 38

OT. sorta.

 

totally random thought. 

 

does it have to be 'your' placenta or could you have someone elses?

 

so could a mama who had a hospital birth that does not give you your placenta have the same results, if she took some of her friends pills that was left over from her friend's placenta? or for that matter even her frozen placenta?

post #34 of 38

I am having mine encapsulated. I completely understand why people eat it, but to me I just can't handle the idea of eating it raw, so I'm going with encapsulation for the benefits.

 

However, if I were in a situation where I were hemorrhaging or something, I would absolutely eat a few bites of my placenta.

post #35 of 38
Quote:
Originally Posted by meemee View Post

OT. sorta.

 

totally random thought. 

 

does it have to be 'your' placenta or could you have someone elses?

 

so could a mama who had a hospital birth that does not give you your placenta have the same results, if she took some of her friends pills that was left over from her friend's placenta? or for that matter even her frozen placenta?

 

I was wondering about this. But that leads to the question of, barring knowing someone who was able to save their placenta and did, where would you find a placenta? orngtongue.gif

post #36 of 38
Quote:
Originally Posted by meemee View Post

OT. sorta.

 

totally random thought. 

 

does it have to be 'your' placenta or could you have someone elses?

 

so could a mama who had a hospital birth that does not give you your placenta have the same results, if she took some of her friends pills that was left over from her friend's placenta? or for that matter even her frozen placenta?

I asked my placenta encapsulator about this- she said while it may have some benefits, it would not be the same as eating your own placenta which is matched to your own hormones and has more of what you may need/be lacking after birth.

post #37 of 38
I checked "soft no". I encapsulated mine after my second birth and take the pills. But it slightly different in my mind from consuming it raw or even cooked. I am pregnant with my third and plan to encapsulate my placenta again - this time skipping the steaming since it doesn't appear to be necessary.
post #38 of 38

When planning my home birth I did file it away as an option if I was bleeding, however only as a last resort not something I actively wanted to do. It went out of the window with my premmie, C/S placenta previa actual birth! (when it probably would have been helpful!)

 

For me the texture/smell of the one placenta I've examined closely (which was my brothers) did not say "eat me" more "yuk" but I don't find the idea of other people eating/taking them that gross.

 

I wouldn't want to eat someone else's though. There was a TV program here in the UK where a chef went in and cooked the mums placenta, and they served it at a party, which caused a bit of a stirl! http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/101944.stm

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