What are your plans for the placenta?
I'm considering getting mine encapsulated. Has anyone done this/ eaten it in a different way?
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.
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.
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.
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!
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/
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.
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.
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.
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-