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Placenta - What are you doing with yours?

post #1 of 23
Thread Starter 

What are your plans for the placenta?

 

I'm considering getting mine encapsulated. Has anyone done this/ eaten it in a different way? 

post #2 of 23
I am also thinking about doing placenta encapsulation with this birth. Last time I did not and had some minor PPD issues that I would definitely like to avoid this time around. I spoke with my midwife last week and they have a lady who does it, so I am going with her. She does encapsulation and tinctures. Not sure which one i will decide to get.
post #3 of 23
Raw smoothies
post #4 of 23
One of my best friends has struggled with depression and was really afraid of getting PPD, so she had hers encapsulated. She seemed really happy with it, and definitely said that she thought it helped, so if that's a concern, I'd say do it!

Personally, I'm going to ask to look at both of them and then let them do whatever it is they do in the hospital, which is what I did last time. I thought it was so cool to see an organ I had grown all by myself! But I have a really strong gag reflex, and can't ever make myself eat anything that strikes me as gross (spam, eggplant, any other organ meat ever), so no placentophagy for me.
post #5 of 23
I had mine encapsulated with my first, and I really think it helped replenish my iron stores and boost milk production. I still got PPD in the second half of ds's first year, so I'm not sure it helped much there. If you are interested, the mama natural blog/vlog has a great recent segment on placenta encapsulation with her second baby.

I will either encapsulate again or have a tree ceremony. I just can't imagine it going into a biohazard bin!
post #6 of 23
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by bbcatcher View Post

Raw smoothies

What did you mix it with?


I'm likely going to go with encapsulation but I'd love to know more about your experience with eating it raw! 

 

Do you feel like it helped with anything? Are you going to do it again? 

post #7 of 23

I'm going to do capsules. DH kept asking me (after both births) if I had ppd, but I kind of just thought I was reaaallly hormonal. I've the third time kind be a real kicker (emotions-wise) for some, so I'm definitely going to try to be more proactive about things. Especially since I most likely won't have much (any) pp help. I've also read that they (pills) keep frozen and can be taken during your period and during menopause for hormone replacement... so that's something to think about even if you don't need them pp.

post #8 of 23
I had my placenta encapsulated after my last birth. It definitely helped w milk production, energy levels, and keeping PPD at bay. Unfortunately I had an abnormally small placenta, so I didn't save any of the pills for use w menopause, and I did get depressed. There is no doubt in my mind it would've been worse if I hadn't been replenishing my hormones. This time I will definitely do the same thing.
post #9 of 23

I want to get my encapsulated. DW won't even talk to me about it which I find pretty hilarious. I have really bad migraines, although they have mostly disappeared during pregnancy. I am hoping it will help with any hormonal related migraines that I imagine being slammed with as soon as baby is born. I figure it's worth a try. 

post #10 of 23

Both of my placentas are still in my freezer. Haven't decided what to do with them yet. But I could not get myself to eat it cooked or raw in any form. I did have homeopathic globuli made from a small part of the first one. Hardly every use them though since the kids are rarely sick. The traditional way here would be to plant a fruit tree on them.

post #11 of 23
Last baby I did a few raw smoothies and had the rest encapsulated. This time around I'm only doing raw smoothies. I did not care for the after burps the capsules gave me. I made smoothies with whatever I had....frozen fruits (strawberries, blueberries, pineapple), protein powder, yogurt, honey if I wanted sweet. Can even throw I some greens if you want.
Some say peanut butter covers the placenta a lot but I dislike pre a nut butter in smoothies so didn't try it.
post #12 of 23
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Originally Posted by bbcatcher View Post

Last baby I did a few raw smoothies and had the rest encapsulated. This time around I'm only doing raw smoothies. I did not care for the after burps the capsules gave me. I made smoothies with whatever I had....frozen fruits (strawberries, blueberries, pineapple), protein powder, yogurt, honey if I wanted sweet. Can even throw I some greens if you want.
Some say peanut butter covers the placenta a lot but I dislike pre a nut butter in smoothies so didn't try it.


Did you freeze it in portion quantities?  What size?  I am trying to decide between encapsulating or going the smoothie route.  Last t ime we planted a blueberry on it, but this time, I definitely want to eat it!

post #13 of 23

I've never had anything done with mine, but this time I'm going to get it encapsulated.  I get my periods back really soon (5wks and 10wks), so I'm willing to do anything to keep them at bay for at least a few months :)

post #14 of 23
When I prepare placenta for freezing I usually cut into quarter size pieces.
post #15 of 23

Here is my "how-to" post for the freezing method we do for Indie Birth folks.  Small "pill sized" pieces that you can then just swallow whole and chase if need be.   http://www.indiebirth.com/diy-placenta-options-no-professionals-required/

post #16 of 23

I was hoping to encapsulate this time. (My fourth baby, first time I've considered it.) But I've recently come across the information that says perhaps I shouldn't consume it. My blood type is Rh- and dh's is Rh+. My kids have all been Rh+ so far. I've had both the 28 week and post partum Rhogam shots for my three previous babies and after lots of research I've also decided to continue with this for the rest of my children. We plan on having a large family, and have determined that prevention of sensitization is the best policy for us.
Anyways, I'm nervous that the risk of eating a placenta that will share my baby's blood type could actually sensitize me and cause major problems and dangers for future babies and pregnancies.
Does anyone know anything about this?

 

 

EDITED A BIT LATER, AFTER MORE EXTENSIVE RESEARCH...

I don't remember the articles (or even just article) that I came across my previous info came from. But all of what I've been looking up today actually said the opposite. That a Rh- mom consuming the placenta after having an Rh+ baby can actually be the natural form of Rhogam. :) So my next plan is to discuss this fully with my midwife. I'll keep this updated as I go along, because I'm guessing I'm not the only Rh- mother out there wondering about this.


Edited by annaka - 2/9/14 at 1:54pm
post #17 of 23

I had mine encapsulated by our student midwife immediately post-birth using the TCM method (check out Pbi.info) and I want to do the same with this baby. I am also interested in finding out more about tinctures made with pieces of the placenta. Don't know if I will be up for doing the placenta myself this time. I've done it for friends in the past, I just think I will want to be snuggling with the babe and not so much cooking, cleaning, etc., so I may call her up again to pay her to do it again.

post #18 of 23

I never even thought about the Rh factor. I'm neg. and DH is pos. DS1 is pos. I'm not sure about DS2. Thanks for bringing that up Annaka!

post #19 of 23
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Originally Posted by annaka View Post
 

I was hoping to encapsulate this time. (My fourth baby, first time I've considered it.) But I've recently come across the information that says perhaps I shouldn't consume it. My blood type is Rh- and dh's is Rh+. 

I am RH- and my son is RH+.  I encapsulated his placenta and it did wonderfully for me.  I still get RhoGam though.  Not taking my chances.  

post #20 of 23

I also did smoothies. One raw right after birth and then one of my midwives cut it into quarter size chunks and we used them frozen. It worked really well, I thought. My milk came in 24 hours after birth and my emotions were quite steady, even during stressful times. My energy was good and in general I felt great! So we're doing that again. 

 

We did berry smoothies with banana, yogurt, juice and/or coconut water. Just typical smoothie stuff. You could add chia seeds or whatever else you wanted, too.

 

ETA: DH and I are both RH-

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