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Old 09-19-2011, 11:48 AM - Thread Starter
 
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Just curious, for those of you who have had placentas encapsulated (or eaten them in smoothies etc) if any of you were RH-, and the placenta you consumed was that of you RH + baby?
I don't know why, but this question just popped into my head today. Would it matter?
I would think that digestion would take care of it..but who knows.

 

I didn't have rhogam with this baby, but i'll be taking it after if the baby is +.
My midwife is new to the idea of placenta consumption-so she had little advice in this department. (I think she may have gagged a little...)


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Nevermind, I found the answer. (Emailed an expert!)
She says:

 

1. it is a completely different route to feto-maternal exposure which is directly into the bloodstream.
2. Our GI tracts break down proteins so that they don't cause immune recognition and reactions. For example, we often eat the meat of another species."

 


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Interesting question- I'm also RH-, didn't have prenatal rhogam, and am planning on encapsulating the placenta.  I never would have given a thought to this question, but my other instinct is that especially with encapsulation, everything has been heated and dried, so in a very different form.  But thank you for claring that one up!


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I'm not planning on encapsulating...just cutting into small chunks and freezing for smoothies. I would encapsulate, but it costs so much-and I want some benefits immediately.
I'd try encapsulating it myself, but that seems like a lot to take on in the first days after birth.


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I was planning on encapsulating myself, but holding still the option open that maybe a nice stirfry with garlic might actually sound good after birth!  I admire you though!!!  I agree with you about wanting the benefits though!  :)


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I'm also rh- and freezing for smoothies. I hadn't thought of this. Thanks for finding out - makes sense..


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I'm not a huge proponent of placenta-eating, 'cause I'm a huge skeptic on most things.

Most prep methods involve a pretty serious removal of blood. It just doesn't taste good, for fresh preps. And it's not the beneficial part in a dehydrated form.
And ingestion fixes all. Heating is a further denaturing step.

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Jane... Have you tried it before? I have done fresh prep via smoothy on several occasions and can't taste the placenta at all. I have heard this from other women as well. The key is to just use a few thumb nail size chunks at a time. I personally have found many benefits: uterus fully contracted after 5 days and the pp bleeding stopped by that time, increased energy, decreased pp depression, increased milk supply, overall felt much better much quicker after, etc. All of these in comparison to my first 2 births where I didn't consume the placenta. I encapsulated with my third birth and the benefits were quicker and significantly more noticeable with #4and#5 where I did smoothies. I do agree the less prep you do to it the more effective.

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What else did you use in your smoothies, theboysmama? I would love to make it so I won't taste the placenta.


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Theboysmama, I agree- how did you make the smoothies?  I'm definitely open to trying it, but would love to know how often you made smoothies, and how you prepared them. 


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I've heard from enough people that the benefits are amazing, both encapsulated and raw...so i'm definitely going to try it. And in the smoothie method, I think i'll live with the raw variety;) (Definitely cheaper too, and a lot less prep work!)

haha, i'm thinking if I froze really tiny pieces, I could probably swallow them with water like a pill and not even taste them.


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To prepare the smoothies you rinse the placenta and remove the cord and any membranes. Chop the placenta into bite size pieces (about the size of your thumb from your top knuckle to the top of your thumb). Put the prepared pieces in an air tight container (like a ziplock or Tupperware). It can remain in the fridge for 4 or 5 days. My mw does all of that for me at no extra charge. Then place the remainder on a cookie sheet and freeze. Once frozen place in a freezer safe container (like a ziplock) and continue to prepare smoothies as before.
For my smoothies I put in rice milk (I'm allergic to dairy), banana and red berries (like raspberries, strawberries, etc) and 2-3 placenta pieces. If u r worried about chunks you can drink it through a straw but I have never had any issues. I have a smoothies immediately after birt then continue to have 1 in the morning and 1 at night for 3-5 days then just 1 a day until it is all gone.

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I'm about to be a first time mom, and I decided to do encapsulation.  It's very nice to hear from so many people that it really does help!

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I was planning on encapsulating myself, but holding still the option open that maybe a nice stirfry with garlic might actually sound good after birth! 



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