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post #21 of 98
you know, i really respect the idea of sorta 'closing the circle' by eating your placenta - and i know there are loads of benefits...
and it would be a really spiritual experience, i'm sure



but my own vegetarian ethic aside... i reaaally could never eat anything that came out of my own body...
post #22 of 98
I think it very interesting especially if it helps ppd. I could probably take it dried and in capsules but I don't think I could eat it raw.
post #23 of 98
Um, have to say yuck! I have heard, too, of planting but not eating it, eww. I don't think I could ever do that.
post #24 of 98
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Originally Posted by lunchbox
Well, I ain't running to the store for Placenta Helper....
post #25 of 98
go check out the current thread in pregnancy forum. Do a search here at mdc, you will find tons and tons of information.

IMO & IME - it should be eaten raw, when it is fresh and still warm.
here's a very interesting website, and what convinced me to try it myself:
http://birthrites.edsite.com.au/placent.html

I am so very glad I did it, too!
After my second was born, I did not have ppd and my milk came in on day two! Those two things made it so very worth it to me, after the severe problems I had after my first was born.

No, it isn't cannibalism, and it is vegan. Do those searches if you really want more info.
post #26 of 98
So, umm... how did it taste? Did it activate your gag reflex, or just taste like an overly rare steak? How did you get your doc to let you eat it? I know most just throw it away...
post #27 of 98
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Originally Posted by MPJJJ
So, umm... how did it taste? Did it activate your gag reflex, or just taste like an overly rare steak? How did you get your doc to let you eat it? I know most just throw it away...
actually, one of the midwives who attended the birth tore off that first piece for me to eat when DH jokingly told them I had thought about eating it (he didn't realize how serious I was about it).
no, it didn't make me gag. When it was still fresh and warm it wasn't bad at all, and I am normally squeamish and a very picky eater.

here's a link to that other current thread on this topic
http://www.mothering.com/discussions...ad.php?t=61009
post #28 of 98
If plancenta eating is normal for some mothers, I wonder if they allow their children to eat their boogers? Or if they do the same? :Puke :Puke :Puke :Puke :Puke
post #29 of 98
Well, I HAVE tried my own milk. I know. Gross sounding but it tasted rather good. I could see why Mimi was so enamored of it Eating my own placenta? Um. No. Sorry. Grotacious.

Mimi does like to eat her own boogers. I have all but given up trying to stop her.

I chew my nails. Am I a cannibal?

The mind reels...

d
post #30 of 98
I don't think it's the same as eating boogers, though it's even more disgusting.

On the other hand, I think it's fascinating that other mammals do this, even vegetarian animals such as cows. Makes me wonder why.
post #31 of 98
I can't believe so many people think this is gross! It comes from your body...

I am not intending to do it, but I think it's kinda cool
post #32 of 98
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Originally Posted by kimberlylibby
I can't believe so many people think this is gross! It comes from your body...
Um, yah...so do many other things that I wouldn't eat either! Ugh....
post #33 of 98
Our dog will sometimes eat a dirty diaper...poop and all!! I wonder if poop is good? :Puke :Puke
post #34 of 98
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I can't believe so many people think this is gross! It comes from your body...

I can't believe it either. I thought mothering.com was filled with placenta-eating people. I thought it was something that crunchy woman just do.

I don't think I'd be able to do it though. I'm squeamish just about ice-cream made out of breast milk. It took a lot out of me just to taste a drop of my own breast milk. And it was such a small drop...not sure if I was tasting bm or my finger.

Dina
post #35 of 98
I guess my mom had mentioned her fellow hippies doing this but I thought it was a joke...Oddly enough it really doesnt freak me out much...I dont know if I would do it ever, but it sort of intrests me....
post #36 of 98
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Originally Posted by thirtycats
I can't believe it either. I thought mothering.com was filled with placenta-eating people. I thought it was something that crunchy woman just do.
I'm also shocked at the reaction here - where do you think I first heard of it, but here at mdc? I guess the earthy-birthy moms aren't hanging out in TAO I feel so alone.

I thought it might be gross or disgusting, but it wasn't at all. At the time, it was the most natural thing in the world to do after my wonderful natural birth. I almost feel sorry for anyone who didn't eat theirs in the same way I kind of feel sorry for babies whose mothers don't even try to breastfeed. You are all missing out on something really incredible, and it's only because of preconceived notions and social stigma. How sad.

It's good for you for so many reasons, lessens ppd, brings milk in sooner, prevents hemorraging, all sorts of other post-partum complaints related to the drastic change in hormone levels after giving birth.
post #37 of 98
It doesn't gross me out. I am nto sure if I'd do it, but the idea doesn't make me sick or anything...

I didn't have a chance to even consider it with my birth, but hearing it could prevent hemorrhaging? Wow, that makes it definitely worth considering for me. I needed a transfusion after birth last time.

To me the difference is that a placenta isn't a waste product like boogers or those "other things".

I tasted alot more of my breast milk than a tiny drop! I can't be the only one, right??? Why would you be squeamish about breast milk and then feed it to your baby? I don't get that! (It tasted good, I thought. Like vanilla soy milk. I wouldn't make ice cream from it though, too much work when I can just run and pick up some Ben and Jerry's without all that pumping. :LOL )

I am surprised at the negative reactions, I thought this place was crunchy enough that everyone would at least be blase' about it, even if they didn't choose to do it themselves!
post #38 of 98
I am still shocked at the response here. It seems really juvenile... in fact, it seems JUST LIKE the response I saw when this was brought up on babycenter of all places!

I'm not saying EVERYONE should eat their placenta... but if you read about it, it's pretty incredible.
post #39 of 98
My midwife stir-fried it with garlic and onions. It wasn't but it wasn't :Puke either. I've never had liver, but it is what I imagine liver would taste like. I had pretty bad hemorraging and it was extremely helpful. DH even tried some.

I was pretty shocked at the replies too! I can see why some people might be squeamish about it, but it really wasn't anymore dramatic than giving birth.
post #40 of 98
as a student midwife, I see and handle lots of placentas and they don't gross me out. I think they're really cool, actually. I can't wait until we have a twin birth b/c I'm totally psyched about checking out how two babies are nourished inside their mama. The placenta is a really awesome organ, IMO. I can't believe it nourishes a baby!

In my 6 months of training, I've missed as many births as I've attended. Two of the ones that I missed, I still did the pp care for (I was too close to turn around and go home!). I noticed at those births, I smelled the "meaty" smell of the blood and placenta. At the births I was there the whole time, I didn't notice that smell. I think eating the placenta would be kinda like that...if you're there and in the moment, it would naturally follow, but when you remove it from that moment, it seems gross.

I'm pretty aware of my body. I check cervical mucous, position, etc. Use a cervical cap for birth control and a keeper for menstrual flow. I wanted to see the placenta after the birth and if it hadn't been for the excitment of holding my baby, I would have held and played with it, probably. I wanted to make placenta prints with it to hang on my office wall (but didn't plan enough ahead of time to do that). However, I'm not sure when push came to shove if I could EAT it. Maybe if I had transported for hemorrhage or if I'd had sever postpartum depression, I would feel differently about it, but right now it seems like the benefits wouldn't really outweigh the gross factor (not because it's my placenta, but because I don't really do well with meat that isn't 100% cooked...can't even cut up raw chicken). And again, in the moment, I might feel totally different about it.

And yes, I am very suprised about the reaction here. Much more mainstream than I would have expected!
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