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post #81 of 113
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Originally Posted by gerlassie View Post
Please forgive my postings. It appears that I have touched a nerve with a part of the community that has very different views and is not as open to discussions about things which may not be considered standard practice by many. I am sorry for expressing my views and hope I haven't seriously offended anyone about their preferences. I'm done.

gerlassie
It's not that we can't have different opinions. That's not what I was saying at all! Your post didn't offend anyone (I think); it just didn't answer my particular question. That's all I was pointing out about your post. OT = off topic. I wasn't offended at all.

Again, the post that offended some people specifically said that eating your placenta is immoral. YOU didn't say that.

I completely understand your not wanting to eat the placenta. That's how I felt when I first read about it on this forum, hence the "Yuck! Ack! Gross!" in the title. It sounds quite revolting and bizarre, when you hear about it for the first time.

I, too, do not wish to offend you.
post #82 of 113
Hehe, I haven't had a chance to try placenta yet. And fortunately I haven't had PPD, but I sure would take it for the days I'm just down in the dumps! I still take my prenatals (which have all the Bs), so I don't think they necessarily take care of all the blues. I first read aboutit on here, and thought, ugh, but just a couple weeks ago, was musing about it and thought, "Hey, cows eat their afterbirth! Why not?" So I verified that cows do with my husband (who grew up on a ranch). I explained that women do for PPD. His response was to groan and say, "Please don't do that." So he won't be cutting it up for me. But I plan on it next time. It's my placenta, and I'll eat it if I want to!

My doctor asked if I'd wanted mine when I asked what they did with it at the hospital. She seemed a little startled.

So for me it's been education that changed my mind. I'm not vegetarian. Nor do I have any religious issues with it.

I think it might be Jehovah's Witness who would refuse placentophagy, since they refuse blood transfusions.
post #83 of 113
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Originally Posted by Maggirayne View Post
It's my placenta, and I'll eat it if I want to!


I love it! LOL!


Annah
post #84 of 113
I delivered in a hospital (by c/s no less) and they gave me my placenta to take home. i did ask about it beforehand, since we went from a homebirth to a c/s b/c of breech position, unfortunately.

Granted it took me 7+ months to get the motivation up and get un-depressed enough to get it out of the freezer and actually dehydrate and encapsulate it. But I'm glad I did.

The hospital has to give it to you - it's part of your body.

Now, I'm going to go take a capsule, since it's still in my fridge (2 years later) and I keep forgetting about it.
post #85 of 113
I'm late jumping on to this thread, but someone from Birth & Beyond pointed me here when I had a question about placenta smoothies. At first the idea of consuming placenta totally grossed me out, but for some reason, I've warmed up to it over the past few weeks. I would rather not swallow it raw unless I have to, but I'll be making smoothies...provided that DH is game for chopping it up! I definitely don't think I can do that myself...I can barely handle chopping raw meat, let alone one of my own organs.
post #86 of 113
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Originally Posted by treehugginmama View Post
I didn't eat it but I did dry it and encapsulate it. I'm so glad I did.

Same here. I did it with my fourth and fifth babies after having HORRIBLE ppd with my third. It was a life savers then, and I am so glad I came across this thread because I remembered that I had some of my capsules in my freezer, and I am going to have some in the morning.
post #87 of 113
Wow, okay you have all changed my mind! Even a couple of nights ago, I thought there was no WAY I would be willing to eat placenta, but reading this thread has totally changed my perspective.

I had miserable PPD that didn't start until about 4 months PP, but lasted until DD was about 14 months +, and reading over my old journal entries, I would eat cat litter if it meant not going through PPD again!

I'm still incredibly sqiucked out by it, but I at least have a few weeks to get over it before I have to face it. If a moment of *ick* can prevent a year of being miserable, then count me in!!!

I could barely even look at the placenta after DD was born. It's terrible that something like a placenta wold gross me out so much! I think it's probably a cultural thing, and we (I) haven't learned to love it.

I'm really curious about what chemically in the placenta is so beneficial, and how it acts on the body to prevent PPD and hemorrhage. Have there been actual studies done?

Now to convince DH to help me cut it up and freeze it. Poor guy.
post #88 of 113
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It's treated as medical waste but sometimes it's sent to pathology if the doc thinks it looks odd. Where my dh used to work, they stored and sold the placentas!

Why would they sell it? Where would it go? Just curious.
post #89 of 113
How does one dehydrate one's placenta? Forgive me if this has been asked earlier...at what temp/how long? I'm pretty icked out by the thought, but DH is all for it!?! I guess that just about says it all... Mine's been in the freezer for 8 mos. Will that make any difference? I was totally cool with the idea of doing it all myself but read the pp that pointed out that it would be cutting my own organ and stomach is slightly queasy...
post #90 of 113
I dried mine and encapsulated it. So glad I did. No PPD. I'd do it again if we have another. It's probably the most nourishing thing you could eat; especially post partum.
post #91 of 113
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Originally Posted by amyjeans View Post
Why would they sell it? Where would it go? Just curious.
They're put into everything from makeup to hair creme.


http://www.carefair.com/Skincare/Pla...tics_1924.html
post #92 of 113
OMG- That's right! I just saw something at the dollarstore.
(Sorry to hijack the thread)
Funny, how the manufacturers say:
Placenta's health benefits include anti-aging, skin revitalising, boosting immune system, improving physical vitality and promoting general well being.

benefits of placenta include:

?¤ Anti-aging
?¤ Revitalizing to the skin
?¤ Boosting the immune system
?¤ Improving physical vitality
?¤ Promoting general health
http://www.australianproducts.info/Placenta.htm

I say eat away! You're own is free and you know where it has been!!!!
post #93 of 113
When I heard about women eating their placenta's while I was pregnant with my first baby, I have to say I didn't quite "get" it. But after suffering through PPD I would do anything to prevent it from happening again. I just found out on Friday that I'm pregnant with baby number two. We're really excited but now I've just got to find someone who is willing to prepare the placenta for me after birth. My husband doesn't want to prepare the placenta even like hearing me talk about it but he totally supports my decision. The search is on!
post #94 of 113
Ok so I would never have considered this before but I think I will do it.
My Midwife does not offer the service of drying etc. but the assistant MW does, Can anyone tell me how much I could expect to pay for that?:
post #95 of 113
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Originally Posted by beanbean30 View Post
Ok so I would never have considered this before but I think I will do it.
My Midwife does not offer the service of drying etc. but the assistant MW does, Can anyone tell me how much I could expect to pay for that?:
nak. no clue but I'd so pay for this. I'm ppd and gonna have to do it myself, I'm thinkin'.:

Adding: DH just agreed to "pill" them for me. He doesn't want the kit, just someone to tell him what to do. My question is: Can you dehydrate it raw? I think I 'd prefer this, but does it need to ne cooked a bit first? Thanks! Please advise!
post #96 of 113
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Originally Posted by beanbean30 View Post
Ok so I would never have considered this before but I think I will do it.
My Midwife does not offer the service of drying etc. but the assistant MW does, Can anyone tell me how much I could expect to pay for that?:
I found a MW in my area who is going to come to my house, dry and encapsulate it for $250.

BTW- she didn't mention cooking it.
post #97 of 113
The mama who does it here does it for a donation of $50. It was worth wayyy more!!
post #98 of 113
Do you think it would have any benefit after a c/s delivery? My OB is willing to go along with it....
post #99 of 113
Oh definitely! I think it would be MORE beneficial after a c/s. When having a section you won't get all of the hormone surges you would with a vaginal delivery. I think you should go for it!!
post #100 of 113
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Placenta Recipes (Mothering Magazine, September 1983, Vol. 28, pg 76) Each placenta weighs approximately 1/6 of the baby's weight. Cut the meat away from the membranes with a sharp knife. Discard the membranes.

Placenta Cocktail: 1/4 cup raw placenta, 8oz V-8 juice, 2 ice cubes, 1/2 cup carrot. Blend at high speed for 10 seconds

Placenta Lasagne: Use your favorite lasagne recipe and substitute this mixture for one layer of cheese. In 2 tbl. olive oil, quickly saute meat of 3/4 placenta, ground or minced plus 2 sliced cloves of garlic, 1/2 tsp. oregano, 1/2 diced onion & 2 tbl. tomato paste, or 1 whole tomato.

Placenta Spaghetti: Cut meat of 3/4 placenta into bite size pieces, then brown quickly in 1 tbl. butter plus 1 tbl. oil. Then add 1 large can tomato puree, 2 cans crushed pear tomatoes, 1 onion, 2 cloves of garlic, 1 tbl. molasses, 1 bay leaf, 1 tbl. rosemary, 1 tsp. ea. of salt, honey, oregano, basil, and fennel. Simmer 1 1/2 hours.

Placenta Stew: Meat of 3/4 placenta in bite size chunks, 1 potato (cubed), 1/4 cup fresh parsley, 2 carrots, 3 ribs celery, 1 zucchini, 1 large tomato, 1 small onion. Dredge meat in 1 tbl. flour mixed with 1 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp. paprika, pinch of cloves, pinch of pepper, 6-8 crushed coriander seeds. Saute meat in 2 tbl. oil, then add vegetables (cut up) and 4-5 cups of water. Bring to full boil, then simmer for 1 hour.

Placenta Pizza: Grind placenta. Saute in 2 tbl. olive oil with 4 garlic cloves, then add 1/4 tsp fennel, 1/4 tsp. pepper, 1/4 tsp paprika, 1/4 tsp. salt, 1/2 tsp. oregano, 1/4 tsp. thyme, and 1/4 cup of wine. Allow to stand for 30 minutes, then use with your favorite home made pizza recipe. It's a fine placenta sausage topping.

Dehydrating your placenta

Instead of cooking your placenta whole, you can dehydrate it and then add it to meals! The following method is extracted from an article entitled "Thinking About Eating Your Placenta?" by Susan James, which appeared in the winter 1996 issue of "The Compleat Mother". It was discovered posted on a newsgroup noticeboard, so we cannot absolutely guarantee its authenticity, or that it is an actual verbatim account of the magazine article.

Method:

Cut off the cord and membranes.

Steam the placenta, adding lemon grass, pepper and ginger to the steaming water. The placenta is "done" when no blood comes out when you pierce it with a fork.

Cut the placenta into thin slices (like making jerky) and bake in a low-heat oven (200-250 degrees F), until it is dry and crumbly (several hours).

Crush the placenta into a powder - using a food processor, blender, mortar and pestle, or by putting it in a bag and grinding it with rocks.

Put the powder into empty gel caps (available at drug and health food stores) or just add a spoonful to your cereal, blender drink, etc.

The recommended doses vary, some suggest up to 4 capsules a day, others just one. Perhaps the best advice is to take what makes you feel good

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