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Poll Results: Would/did you eat your placenta?

This is a multiple choice poll
  • 29% (151)
    Yes
  • 64% (330)
    No
  • 6% (31)
    Other
512 Total Votes  
post #81 of 181

As in the words of Ducky from Land Before Time...

Oh no no no no....Oh noo... :LOL






But I do have to say this...If it came down to an emergency involving me or my newborn child I would eat the whole darn thing.....A mother's love will pretty much get you to anything for your child...



Love Mylie xx
post #82 of 181
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post #83 of 181
I did! I had it capsulized though. I suffered severe ppd with my last two babies, not at all with Vi. debi
post #84 of 181
I havent read all of this thread but are we talking eating it raw or cooking it, and would you eat the whole thing (mine were so big) it would take me more than one sitting to devour the whole thing!
post #85 of 181
Quote:
Originally Posted by kiahnsmum
I havent read all of this thread but are we talking eating it raw or cooking it, and would you eat the whole thing (mine were so big) it would take me more than one sitting to devour the whole thing!
I ate mine raw, the whole thing. I took bites every now and then, whenever I thought about it or whenever I started getting weepy, for about a week.
post #86 of 181
Quote:
Originally Posted by stafl
I ate mine raw, the whole thing. I took bites every now and then, whenever I thought about it or whenever I started getting weepy, for about a week.
Did you just store it in the fridge? My midwife said to me about eating mine after dd was born but i honestly thought she was joking :
post #87 of 181
I admire anyone who does. I don't know that I would or could, though I think I could do a small piece to stop excessive bleeding that was already a problem...
post #88 of 181
I didn't eat my placenta with ds, but I'm seriously considering eating at least a little bit with my next dc! I don't find the idea of it gross at all, but when it comes down to it, doing it myself I might find..less than appealing. I think it would be a good idea though, because I had some ppd and bled for 4 wks, so anything less than that would be nice.
post #89 of 181
I would not eat my placenta, the thought grosses me out. But I think the whole theory behind eating your placenta is interesting. My sister ate some of her dd's placenta.
post #90 of 181
I didn't with either birth. I'm sure I would've if there had been a reason (hemmorrhage, for example), but the idea icks me out.
post #91 of 181
I put "yes." While the idea doesn't thrill me-- it doesn't gross me out... well, not totally.

I know it can be useful in a number of ways, and *might* (although I don't see a lot of controlled evidence for this) help with PPD-- and I have struggled with depression throughout my life, so I'd be willing to try it.

I must say that capsules of dried placenta or an infused liquor sound much more appealing to me than raw or cooked placenta.

Hard to explain why, since bodily functions, etc. don't gross me out in the least-- and I love organ meat! :LOL

It's purely psychological... And that still doesn't make much sense to me, 'cause that *kind* of thing doesn't usually bother me!

Maybe if it were small pieces each time... But the idea of serving up a big ol' slab of placenta .... :

I dunno...

The capsules thing seems like the perfect solution, but I heard it was less effective. Frankly, I'll chew on a big ol' hunk of raw placenta if it keeps me from developing PPD... Even if it cuts down on it by 25%!

Jeez, this whole topic... :LOL Plenty of people are going to think I'm when I have a homebirth, but eating the placenta?

They're going to think I'm !
post #92 of 181
Um, NO. But I respect any of you who do!

Jen
post #93 of 181
Past baby-having here, but I can't believe I have not already responded to this thread!

I have consumed a small portion of my daughter's placenta when she was born over 22 years ago. I had lost a tad more blood than my midwife was completely comfy with, so she took a small piece- maybe 2"x2" or so- and blended it up with a V-8; just to make sure.

Now others may nay-say or have their opinions, professional and otherwise, and they are welcome to disagree. I am simply relating my experience, not to be contrary or to be disagreeable, but simply to share.

I saw my daughter's placenta and it was really movingly and awesomely quite beautiful. On the side with the cord, you see the Tree of Life...it's quite moving to see how certain patterns repeat in Nature. This "tree" motif is also present in the structure of our breasts, many branches culminating in the "trunk" at our nipples.

Quite high art on this planet, if you ask me. Makes me trust in Birth and other natural processes even more when I see all the ways the Face of the Mother are reflected everywhere, within me, and out in the world.

Joyce in the mts.
post #94 of 181
I'm very inspiried by this thread. Mine's been sitting in my freezer for the past 4 months. Is it too late to do something with it besides bury it. Would I benefit from it after this long?
post #95 of 181
I havent but I Would. That is why I voted 'yes'. I would eat it if I was losing too much blood or if I needed it for ppd (dried and in capsules). I burried mine.
post #96 of 181
I was so excited to see this thread. i have thought about it and yeah I would! I'm wondering what it is like. I'm of Polish decent (along with 6 other nationalities) but we make a chicken gizzards and hearts dish with pasta that I LOVE and I wonder how to prepare it if I wanted to try it. Does anyone know??/ Is it more like gizzard, heart, liver, muscle tissue???? I'm guessing it is like some kind of organ meat. Anyway, I had a great homebirth and froze the placenta. I plan on burying it when we plant a tree for DD. But have been tempted to cut off a chunk when we go to plant HAHA DH thinks I'm nuts.

My sister freaked when she found out it was in my freezer. Dh joked with her - it was no shock to him I once froze a bat that I found in our hallway (of all places) just to proove to him that it existed.

of course she freaked when the umbilical stump popped off as I opened her diaper.
post #97 of 181
post #98 of 181
I'm just going by how much mine changed after refrigerating it, I would probably not eat it after it had been frozen. I might dry it or blend it up in some vodka, but I wouldn't cook it or eat it raw.
post #99 of 181
I did, in fact, eat my placenta both times.

This is my philosophy:
Animals eat their placentas. The placenta has lots of nutrients and minerals in ratios that are perfectly suited to the needs of the just-given-birth mama. My midwife cooked it up in a stew for me; she had lots of experience. It really helped me feel strong and healthy and heal quickly.

I am a vegetarian, and have been since 1991. I gave birth to my first child in 1995. I had to come to terms with the whole 'to eat or not to eat the placenta' debate before giving birth the first time. I decided that, while it's tangible nature is like flesh, it's energetic nature is fruit-like in that it descends naturally when ripe . It did not have to die for me to eat it.

I know it freaks some folks out to hear about this. I've hardly told anyone except my hard-core nature mama friends IRL, so thanks for bringing it up.
post #100 of 181
When I gave birth to my dd, the midwife said my placenta looked terrible, and even had a few people try to manually remove bits, only minutes after giving birth. Perhaps there was a good reason for this, but I'm having a homebirth next time for certain! I did not suffer ppd, but did bleed for 6 weeks. It took 4-5 days for my milk.

I will definitely eat some raw placenta after birthing next time. I look forward to finding the perfect placenta bowl to catch it in, and upsetting the inlaws when I serve pasta- in red sauce- afterward!

Thanks, mamas, for the discussion!
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