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post #401 of 456
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Originally Posted by BlessedMommy2006 View Post
Just thought that I'd throw my experience in here FWIW. I had PPD with #1. When I was pregnant I decided to eat the placenta. I was too lazy to make it into capsules, so we just blended it into smoothies. My DH made my first smoothie for me right after birth and then we put the other placenta pieces into the freezer and made 1 smoothie per day for the first week postpartum. We used juice concentrate, frozen fruit, etc. I couldn't really taste the placenta. They just tasted like yummy smoothies!

There was an absolutely HUGE difference in how I felt after this birth, compared to my first birth. I had more energy, was more cheerful and emotionally stable, and felt stronger.

We had a homebirth, so after the birth, the MW and my husband prepared the placenta for freezing together by washing it, cutting it up, and putting it into bags. Such a simple process and so beneficial!

I'm now 2 months PP and so far, do not have PPD and am adjusting to two kids more easily than I ever adjusted to one. If there every is a baby #3, I will eat the placenta without a second thought. It was wonderful!
This!!! I am vegetarian, and NEVER thought I could get a placenta smoothy down - but man! They were great, couldn't taste the placenta. I did chug them pretty quick though, so I wouldn't have to think about it too much

I HIGHLY recommend the smoothies. Just make sure you cut all the fat off! Or have DH do it - mine did!
post #402 of 456
What a nice thread to find!

I recently had the oppourtunity to encapsulate my first placenta for a client.
What an amazing experience! I used the TCM method, steaming before dehydrating, etc.

I think what I enjoyed the most was the process, saying prayers and blessings of thanks to God for this amazing placenta and all the hard work it had done and will do. And for the baby and mother whom it will benefit. It was just very spiritual.

I made the umbilical cord into a heart keepsake for momma.

She loved it and is so happy. Im going to offer it as a service now, but I think next time I will try the method of blending it up/chopping it up and dehydrating it from its raw state.

Glad to see this thread is still going all these years later!
post #403 of 456
I had my third baby a week ago today and have nearly finished consuming the placenta via morning smoothies.

I can say with all honesty that this had made a huge difference for me.

First of all I hemorrhaged after this birth, losing 1800ml blood. I ate a piece of the placenta just before being put on the EMS truck and I maintained perfect blood pressure and pulse through the whole ride despite the loss. I also felt calm and completely vital and present at all times.

I stablized so completely in the EMS truck on the way to the hospital that I bypassed ER and was admitted to L & D to have a good sleep with my new daughter. I went home 4 hours later.

Since being home I have noticed that I feel about 1000x better this time than I did with my other two children - despite losing 4x the normal amount of blood.
I have so much energy and spunk and general happiness that I am finding it SO HARD to stay in bed for the prescribed 2 weeks after the hemorrhage.
With Baby #1 I had pretty severe PPD. I was only just coming out of it when I had Baby #2 4 years later. I was hit with PPD again with her.

I was really worried this time that not only would I go through PPD again, but that the postpartum hospital transfer and hemorrhage would cause it to be worse.

I feel so beautifully well though. I've had a day of weepiness over the transfer, but was able to work through it so fully.

I really believe that consuming the placenta has made all the difference.
post #404 of 456
I had a friend dry my placenta and grind it up. My husband put it into capsules for me. I took it for about 6 weeks. It was around the 6 week mark that I started feeling depressed. It has been on and off for the last 5 months. I wish I had more placenta to take. I have a tendency towards depression any way, and do feel that my depression has been mostly situational. I also feel that the placenta lessened the effects of my depression. Next time, I will eat it raw. I never thought I'd do something like that, but in the moments after the birth, I would have done anything.
post #405 of 456
I will be having my last baby, via a first c-section, on Wednesday... the whole pregnancy has been such a battle, hoping to finally have a good birth... but it's going to be a c-section, and due to the archaic hospital policies, I will likely be separated from my son for the first few hours.

I had mild PPD after my last living child, and with all the situational stuff, grief over never getting a snuggly birth, and just knowing that my nutritional status is marginal thanks to a gluten-damaged gut... I've been really worried about getting PPD this time. I'm making sure I have good nutrition, and also really wanted to find someone to encapsulate my placenta for me. No such luck. DH doesn't even need to know what's up... that's how sure I am that he wouldn't touch it with a 10-foot pole. My mom is going to do her squeamish best to cut a few chunks off for early smoothies, and after that I'm hoping to dehydrate and encapsulate it myself. I'm hoping for a big fat placenta, so I'll have plenty. LOL I've only seen the placenta from one of my children, and it was enormous. So was he. Everyone seems to think this boy is big... hence the c-section... so maybe I'll have a nice big placenta, too.

Anyway... I am really grateful for this thread and all the stories. I'm looking forward to giving this a try, and will report back with my results!

Oh, I also struggled with milk supply with my last nursling... I felt behind from the very beginning and never caught up. I even had to take domperidone when he was a TODDLER. It didn't help much, and going off it gave my boobs whiplash or something... my supply went even lower than it had been. I desperately want to avoid supply problems this time, so that's another reason I'm trying this. I want to be a milky mama!
post #406 of 456
I wanted to mention that eating my placenta raw and not frozen gave me the jitters, but that after I'd frozen and defrosted it, it didn't. Not sure why.
post #407 of 456
I encapsulated mine and took a pill a day for about three months. It worked wonderfully! I definitely felt it when I was finished taking it. Next time, I need to make sure I taper off.
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post #409 of 456
I really appreciate this thread! I am reading all I can and am hoping to encapsulate my placenta from my 4th and final pregnancy.
post #410 of 456
Two and a half weeks after my son's birth... popping in to update. I considered myself at very high risk for PPD, due to previous experience and also just sort of situational stuff. I believe strongly that a lot of PPD is nutrition-based (well, lack of nutrition-based) and my bod is probably fairly worn out and low on nutritional stores after 6 pregnancies in 8 years, plus gluten-intolerance and all the horrid things it does to the guts.

So... I prepared myself as best I could, with really good supplements, support/help from my mom and doula, and then I wanted to encapsulate my placenta.

I managed to get my placenta, which was apparently a miracle. The Air Force hospital had never been asked for one before. Had to sign a form stating that I was going against medical advice, since I'd had a high-risk pregnancy, and they really wanted to send the placenta to pathology, just in case.

I had planned to have a placenta smoothie as soon afterward as possible, with a few more chunks saved for a few more smoothies, and then the rest left for me to deal with sometime. I didn't want to make my mom or husband deal with the "gross" stuff of dehydrating and encapsulating.

Well, as it turned out, my son had low blood sugar thanks to my gestational diabetes (even though it was VERY well-managed), and was on the verge of being taken to the NICU. I needed my smoothie ASAP, couldn't wait for me to get home and make it myself. My mom and I also misunderstood each other... she described my placenta as being tiny, so I told her not to bother saving some for dehydrating. (Still wish I'd been able to see it myself. I've never really looked at any of my placentas. ) So, she prepped it all for smoothies. She said it was VERY tough and could not be cut (I have some pretty darn sharp knives... can't imagine that it really couldn't be cut, but... that's what she says.) She sort of scraped it into bits instead, and then made little packets of bits with Press-N-Seal, each one approximately the size of a thumb. For what it's worth, she had expected to be thoroughly 100% grossed out, but was putting on her Mom Hat and just doing what needed to be done. As it turned out, she was overcome by a feeling of power and "magic"... really felt like the placenta was what I needed and such. So, instead of being grossed out, she felt all connected with womankind and all that. Her births were all pretty horrible and typical for the 70s, so... it was cool that she got to be part of a crunchy, earthy tradition.

Anyway... I had really hoped that the placenta smoothies would bring the Milk Fairy, as well as preventing PPD. I'm still not sure what's up in that regard. My supply is very weird this time... oversupply with all the choking, gagging, and gassy green poops from my son... and then suddenly almost no milk, with sore nipples and my son nursing every 30 minutes and not getting enough to fall asleep happily. I've been having a smoothie about every other day, but there doesn't seem to be a connection between the monsoon/drought cycle with my milk and the smoothies. I may try to get one every day for a few days, to see what that does. I just honestly don't like smoothies much. I make mine with hemp milk, frozen berries, honey, coconut oil, and sometimes an egg yolk or half an avocado (which makes it REALLY fluffy, LOL.) They taste fine... no hint of funky bits at all. I just... don't like smoothies much, I guess.

Oh, and since I lost a fair amount of blood, due to surgery, and hate iron pills, I had the genius idea of putting a frozen cube of ground up beef liver in a smoothie...



Not good. Don't recommend it. Very funky.

Oh, geez... I forgot to even talk about PPD stuff... um... I seem to be doing good. I had a very low day the first week, where it all felt like it was starting... I was "teetering on the brink" and just really feeling bad about everything. It just so happened to have occurred at the end of a marathon low-milk nursing session. But if you've ever had "the crazy" you might have experienced the unique, distinct feeling that I get in my head. It's a physical sensation... difficult to describe, but I've learned that it absolutely corresponds with me being nuts/depressed/OCD-ish. It's a tightness in my skull. Anyway... that's the worst it's gotten. That night luckily went well, with my son sleeping very nicely and nursing happily and the Milk Fairy made a visit in the middle of the night. I've had some low moments since... but they're just moments. So maybe the placenta is working it's magic. Maybe it's all the fish oil I'm taking. I'll never know for certain.
post #411 of 456
I noticed that the placenta encapsulator in my city also does things with the umbilical cord. Are you able to eat the placenta but still store the umbilical cord for cord blood? Is there some reason this isn't possible?
post #412 of 456
I love this thread

I am planning on doing the encapsulation as well with this birth (currently 34 weeks along!)

I had severe post partum depression after the birth of my son. My only saving grace was the support from my husband. However, he ships out with the Army in 12 days, and will be gone for the birth and the first 8 months. So, I have really been researching ways to keep my ppd under control as I have two kids on my own to worry about. I am going to do whatever it takes to ensure I do not ever go through a living nightmare like I did after my son's birth.

I guess I will update after my birth and let everyone know how it turned out... and if I suffered any depression at all!!!
post #413 of 456
I'm just so excited that I can finally do this. It won't be until Dec. I'm going to have hubby slice it up and put it in a protein smoothie with some fruit until it is gone.
post #414 of 456
I have a friend who is studying placenta encapsulation and has promised her services to me for my upcoming birth. If she can, I'd love to try a smoothie, too. It sounds like it is definitely helpful raw and that it doesn't have to ruin the taste of a smoothie. We have a Vita-Mix so I know it can handle it! Then I guess she'll dehydrate and encapsulate the rest.

I had major ups and downs after the last birth (after a pretty rough pregnancy, too - I'm pretty certain my adrenals were severely depleted), and was left trying to sort out natural antidepressants to take while BFing. I'm hoping to avoid all of that by taking the placenta capsules. I already am okay with taking adrenal glandulars, and they do seem to help me, so I figure this is even easier to swallow being it's MINE and not from an animal! Definitely looking forward to good results.
post #415 of 456
Placentaphagia has so many benefits. Encapsulation was expensive. My Doula/HB MW smuggled mine from the hospital with DD2. I had awful PPD with DD1. We cut it into small pill size pieces and then froze the pieces in little baggies. I took one three times a day with water. Swallowed them whole and all. I plan to encapsulate after I save a little bit for the freezing next time. I want to be able to use them during menopause and on my low days (I have bi-polar disorder)
post #416 of 456
I had mine encapsulated. I don't recall how long I took it. And, I didn't know until I checked this thread that there could be lactation benefits! Well, I returned to work at 24 weeks after both of my kids. I struggled to keep up with my daughter (in part, I believe because the pedi recommended 18 oz a day which was very tough) and my ds refused all bottles for a month, so, I built up a reasonable freezer stash. Anyway, I did not have the problems with him (his was the placenta I encapsulated) that I had with my daughter supply wise.
post #417 of 456
This will be my third time to consume my placenta and it is amazing.
My situation this time is different.
I lost my son at 17 wks gestation and we buried him on wed. My placenta was a nice healthy 17 wk placenta. We were able to get 6 quarter size chunks. I had 2 smoothies the first day and then 1 a day until it was gone. My uterus contracted back very quickly and the bleeding had slowed to light spotting on day 4 and completely done by day 5. I am extremely sad but I do not feel the same deep pit of despair that i experienced after my first loss at 12 wks. I had a perfect placenta then but had no idea I could eat it I really wish I had know.
I just wanted to share this experience as the placenta has been so helpful to me so far and I am grateful that i had it during this hard time.
post #418 of 456
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Originally Posted by theboysmama View Post
This will be my third time to consume my placenta and it is amazing.
My situation this time is different.
I lost my son at 17 wks gestation and we buried him on wed. My placenta was a nice healthy 17 wk placenta. We were able to get 6 quarter size chunks. I had 2 smoothies the first day and then 1 a day until it was gone. My uterus contracted back very quickly and the bleeding had slowed to light spotting on day 4 and completely done by day 5. I am extremely sad but I do not feel the same deep pit of despair that i experienced after my first loss at 12 wks. I had a perfect placenta then but had no idea I could eat it I really wish I had know.
I just wanted to share this experience as the placenta has been so helpful to me so far and I am grateful that i had it during this hard time.
I never thought to do this. I really should have done this with my last miscarriage. I was really a mess and really depleted afterwards. It was a very stressful time.
post #419 of 456
Yes, I wish I had thought of that as well, and also not opted for the D & C (should have tried herbs or something instead).
post #420 of 456

6 year old frozen placenta

I've had my placenta frozen for 6 years... I'm now 48 and going through menopausal stuff... I thought I'd unfreeze it and try steaming, dehydrating, and encapsulating... Has anyone else tried something like this?
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