or Connect
Mothering › Mothering Forums › Pregnancy and Birth › Birth and Beyond › Postpartum Depression › If you ate your placenta
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

If you ate your placenta - Page 2

post #21 of 45
I suggest that you cut off as much as you think you'll eat in a few days, and freeze the rest immediately. It goes bad in the fridge after awhile (not sure how long), and if you haven't gotten around to freezing it it is wasted.
post #22 of 45
Quote:
Originally Posted by lisarussell View Post
I cut off a little piece (about the size of a nickel) and dipped it in sugar and swallowed it like a pill. It didn't make me gag but that's because I really psyched myself up. "It's a gumdrop..."

The rest I encapsulated. we'll see, baby is 4 days old.

How did you encapsulate it? Mine is in the freezer because I didn't get around to planting it yet and now it's winter again But I would love to put it in capsules, but it seems like a TON of work!
post #23 of 45
Quote:
Originally Posted by jenni22 View Post
How did you encapsulate it?
Check out www.placentabenefits.info They sell a kit, and apparently it's easy peasy.
post #24 of 45
Great site thanks!

Is it still good to encapsulate it after it has been frozen for 9 mos? And then it says once in capsules to freeze until menopause...so can I freeze it for 30 years? are they serious! If so, cool!
post #25 of 45
sounds like me!

I had the midwife bring me some pieces sliced very small right after the birth and just swallowed them raw. In the following days I cut up pieces and just ate them raw that way, swallowing with water. It wasn't a big deal, just tasted irony. It was really gross to cut up though.... after several days I chopped the rest up and put it in the freezer for future emergencies.

I had severe ppd with the first... after the 2nd I felt absolutely FANTASTIC. <insert gush here where I go on and on and on about how amazing I felt> I attribute it to the placenta. I wish I could buy those things. I'd honestly eat animal placenta if I could get my hands on it, and I knew it would make me feel the same way.
post #26 of 45
Quote:
Originally Posted by cicerosum View Post
Oh, and I have no problem eating gross stuff, hell, I've eaten McDonald's and drunk castor oil!


I feel the same way about McDonald's!!!
post #27 of 45
Seriously?!? I have never heard of this before? Why eat it? Sorry for the stupid question but it's new to me...
post #28 of 45
Quote:
Originally Posted by jenni22 View Post
How did you encapsulate it? Mine is in the freezer because I didn't get around to planting it yet and now it's winter again But I would love to put it in capsules, but it seems like a TON of work!
You might be able to find a midwife or doula in your area that can do it for you. I found a midwife (not my birth midwife) through my doula and she only charged me $50. The kit online is like $75 I think.
post #29 of 45
Quote:
Originally Posted by ajohnson45 View Post
Check out www.placentabenefits.info They sell a kit, and apparently it's easy peasy.
As far as I can tell the kit includes capsules, gloves, and instructions. I wouldn't pay that much money for that when I can find capsules at the health food store and instructions on the internet!
post #30 of 45
Does anyone have any more information about encapsulating? I read that cooking/drying the placenta kills off some of the benefits. It seems like a lot of work too.
post #31 of 45
http://www.geocities.com/virtualbirth/placenta.html


this was the recipe i used- however, when i did it i realized it isn't a recipe because they didn't tell me how much ginger, what KIND of pepper (I used one whole jalapeno) and how much lime to use (I cut a whole lime into wedges) and I used half of my ginger root so I'd have some leftover for food cooking.

that said; If i had it to do over again i would have only encapsulated half of it for on-the-go use and the rest of it i would have cut into teeny tiny chunks to swallow frozen, like a pill.

i am hearing that it has no flavor at all, and the strawberry smoothie thing works well.

baby is 3 weeks now and no ppd for me. i find that i "feel" when it's time to take one and my dosage is decreasing slowly, it went from taking 10 pills a day to now i'm onto like 4 a day. 2 at breakfast and 2 between lunch & dinner.

absolutely no PPD even in the face of some huge legitimate sudden real-life stresses
post #32 of 45
:
post #33 of 45
Tell me more about placenta and milk supply. Because I always thought this was the craziest thing I ever heard of, but I'd eat chicken poop if it would enable me to EBF my next baby.

:
post #34 of 45
Quote:
Originally Posted by the_lissa View Post
Does anyone have any more information about encapsulating? I read that cooking/drying the placenta kills off some of the benefits. It seems like a lot of work too.
It wasn't too much work in my opinion. I bought an encapsulating machine from this website: http://www.lef.org/, the cheapest I could find, $8 plus $5 s&h, then found some veggie capsules on ebay for cheap. Then steamed my placenta, cut it into pieces, baked it on the lowest setting my oven had, then ground the pieces in the coffee grinder and filled the capsules. I did it all in one day and it probably took an hour of work. The long part was it baking in the oven and I didn't have to do anything, just wait. Try it!
post #35 of 45
I had severe ppd with my son 7 years ago and am expecting #2 in June. Am planning to eat my placenta, but read in a previous post that you shouldn't eat it if you are on medication during labor. I'm hoping for a med-free birth, but you never know. Would this include an epidural or antibiotics if I'm B-strep + ?

Thanks!
Chris
post #36 of 45
nak and haven't read all the responses yet... but wanted to add that with my placenta, dh cut it up into little pieces and froze them. Then, I popped the frozen placenta pieces like pills every so often. I took them with milk (from my own goats) or water. Never got PPD and had lots (maybe too much) energy.
post #37 of 45
Interesting that you can use it for menopause. I should ask my mom if she wants some of mine!
post #38 of 45

Frozen Placenta

Wow, there are a lot of brave (& smart!) women out there !!:

I have not been able to bring myself to down my placenta...so 7 months later, it still sits in the freezer. Does anyone know how long it can stay in the freezer for and still retain it's goodness?
Is there an "expiry date" in the encapsulated form?
Which state would allow it have a longer "shelf life"?

Thanks to anyone who has the answers

Colleen
post #39 of 45
Quote:
Originally Posted by desire2b View Post
Wow, there are a lot of brave (& smart!) women out there !!:

I have not been able to bring myself to down my placenta...so 7 months later, it still sits in the freezer. Does anyone know how long it can stay in the freezer for and still retain it's goodness?
Is there an "expiry date" in the encapsulated form?
Which state would allow it have a longer "shelf life"?

Thanks to anyone who has the answers

Colleen
I don't know how long it stays good. Mine was in the freezer for 6 months until I encapsulated it. I haven't taken any capsules yet b/c I don't feel I need to but I figured it would be good to have them for the next baby until I encapsulate that placenta. I won't wait as long though. They say the capsules last forever frozen so why wouldn't the placenta last a few months frozen?
post #40 of 45
directly after the birth of dd2 i ate a peice of placenta.
i had one of my midwives take a chunk off, after examining it, then i held it under my tongue for a while, then swallowed it. it tasted like blood. and was the consistency of jello pudding.
the rest i had DH slice thin and dry on a low temp in a dehydrator, three days later when it was done her used a coffee grinder to mill it fine, then we capsulated it and i took three a day for a few weeks, then down to two a day for a few weeks, then at 3mo i went down to 1 a day, and now at 5mo i only take them when i need them. if i am feeling ppd-ish i take two with a big glass of water and a snack.
it helps alot!
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Postpartum Depression
Mothering › Mothering Forums › Pregnancy and Birth › Birth and Beyond › Postpartum Depression › If you ate your placenta