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October 2011 > So what did you do with your placenta? Share your results here.
theboysmama's Avatar theboysmama 11:24 AM 10-22-2011

So over the course of this ddc we have had several threads about what to do with the placenta: encapsulation, smoothies, prints, plant with a tree, etc.


I thought this would be a good thread to share what you did with the placenta and what your results were. If you did prints it would be great if you could post pics.


If you have read the threads you know I am a huge advocate for consumtion in smoothie form and if not possible then through encapsulation. So it will be no surprise to you that my mw prepared mine for smoothies and I have been happily drinking 1-2 a day since the birth. Saphira is 6 days old today and my bleeding has stopped, I am pretty sure that my uterus is almost completely contracted, my milk is plentiful, I have had no ppd, etc. I do have more exhaustion than I hoped but I think that has to do with having 5 children 9 and under with the youngest being 6 days, being 36, and having been pg 3 times in the last 1 1/2 yrs.


Share your stories here so maybe some of the moms that are waiting for their babies and are undeceided will have some experiences to base their decision off of.

saoirse2007's Avatar saoirse2007 04:25 PM 10-22-2011



I want to make smoothies!!!!!


dh has volunteered to clean and cut it up - does anyone know of a tutorial?

theboysmama's Avatar theboysmama 04:47 PM 10-22-2011

There is not really a wrong way to do this. Here is what I have come up with.


To Prepare the Placenta:


  1. throughly rinse placenta and remove cord and all membranes.
  2. place on a cutting board and slice placenta into thumb size pieces (basically the size of your thumb from the tip to the top knuckle).
  3. Rinse pieces, pat dry, and put in a gallon size zip top bag. They can store in the fridge like this for 3ish days.
  4. On day 3 or 4 pp, remove placenta pieces from plastic bag and place on a cookie sheet (or other flat surface) and freeze. Once frozen put into a clean zip top freezer safe bag. and put in the freezer. (Continue using the pieces just as before)


To prepare the smoothie:


  1. put in a little milk or juice (I use rice milk as we have a dairy allergy).
  2. put in a handful of frozen fruit (I use red fruit like strawberries, rasberries, blueberries, etc.)
  3. put in about 1/3 a bannana
  4. blend
  5. add 1-2 placenta pieces
  6. blend
  7. ENJOY eat.gif (The first time I did this I was worried about stray chunks (never happened) so I drank my first few through a straw, so that is an option too) This time I did get a stray chunk and just threw it back real quick. I couldn't taste a thing so it was not at all as bed as i had thought:).




  1. Immediately after birth (as soon as possible take your first smoothie) make as above with 3 or so pieces of placenta (depending on size).
  2. Depending on what time you gave birth have another at breakfast and another at dinner (or bed time). (as described above with about 2 pieces of placenta)
  3. On day 2 have 1 at breakfast and 1 at dinner (or bed time) (as described above with about 2 pieces of placenta). Continue this through days 3-5.  Then depending on how you are feeling take 1 smoothie a day (I take mine in the morning) until the placenta is gone. DON"T FORGET TO PUT YOUR PLACENTA PIECES IN THE FREEZER ON DAY 3 OR 4.  Hope this helps

saoirse2007's Avatar saoirse2007 06:21 PM 10-22-2011

I heartbeat.gif you , the boysmomma!

thank you :)


nicolian's Avatar nicolian 06:54 PM 10-22-2011

My midwife made me a smoothie. I drank that right after the birth.. and I have more but haven't had any to drink yet. I keep forgetting about it. My bleeding stopped 6 days PP, but then came back lightly the next day. She was born Friday night and my milk came in on Sunday. I have been feeling good!

NDFanatik's Avatar NDFanatik 07:43 PM 10-22-2011

Pills :)  I got 192 after adding in some herbs to enhance it. 




I've felt FABULOUS after this birth so I haven't taken these regularly, but when I get a little exhausted or bluesy, I'll pop a couple and feel better.  These will be most beneficial when I go back to work (in 1 week *sobs*) to help with me being upset over leaving my wee one so young. 

theboysmama's Avatar theboysmama 09:58 PM 10-22-2011
Saiorse- your welcome.

Amy Lynn- what herbs did you add? Did you encapsulate yourself or did someone else do it? How long did it take?

Nicole- keep up with those smoothies and maybe the bleeding will completely stop. Glad you feel great.

NDFanatik's Avatar NDFanatik 12:30 PM 10-23-2011


Originally Posted by theboysmama View Post
Amy Lynn- what herbs did you add? Did you encapsulate yourself or did someone else do it? How long did it take?

St Johns Wort for mood and yellow burdock & nettles or iron- Have a MW friend who is a certified herbalist and she does placenta encapsulation- she made a custom blend for me based off my concerns for after the birth (depression going back to work & anemia). 


I did the encapsulation myself.  The dehydration part took 10-12hrs.  The rest took *maybe* 2hrs- it was pretty fast & really easy. 

theboysmama's Avatar theboysmama 11:05 AM 10-26-2011

saiorise- did you give it a try?

saoirse2007's Avatar saoirse2007 06:26 PM 10-26-2011

just getting to it now!


do I cut off hte tree?

theboysmama's Avatar theboysmama 07:17 PM 10-26-2011

i just remove the sac and cord. What remains is the big placenta chunk. You want to use as much of that as you can.

saoirse2007's Avatar saoirse2007 07:37 PM 10-26-2011

well it is cut in chunks and in the freezer on a cookie sheet...dh came in the kitchen just after putting the kids to bed and saw me in the midst of it - turned around and went back to bed with a turned


theboysmama's Avatar theboysmama 07:54 PM 10-26-2011
My dh can't stomach it either but sais it is worth it because it helps me so much.
Amy May's Avatar Amy May 02:22 AM 10-27-2011
Palesa was born Monday afternoon and I didn't start preparing it until Tuesday afternoon. I cut it myself and was surprised at how emotional it was to touch the thing that nourished my baby for so long. I made the first smoothie and then needed to sit so dh put the rest away. He made me two smoothies today. Tomorrow, day #3 I guess we'll try two more. Dh individually wrapped portions and then put in a freezer container. I was giving instructions for freezing from memory but the individual portions was all him, and there is more in the fridge. He was a little grossed but I don't call him dear dh for nothing! Hard to say yet what impact it is having except that I feel emotionally nourished and so connected to my little girl. I cried this evening that she will.never be one day old again. Thanks for the recipe & encouragement! And Saorise, it is an honor to be birthday AND placenta sisters with you.
Emilyann's Avatar Emilyann 12:32 PM 10-27-2011

I know this is a dumb question, but how do you get to keep the placenta? do you just discuss it with your doctor/midwife? i wanted to keep mine to plant a willow tree with for my daughter, but never got the chance to discuss it withmy doc..My water broke 11 days early and after almost 20 hours of hard labor and 2 hours of pushing i didnt even think yo ask for it. I was just so happy to have my baby girl. /but with the next pregnancy I definitely want to try out some of these ideas!!!!!

What do hospitals do with the placentas anyways? Do they donate them or toss them?

theboysmama's Avatar theboysmama 01:11 PM 10-27-2011

emilyann- that is not a dumb question at all. Hospitals typically toss them (although there was a dr that was testing them w/out permission... not sure where that article is, I saw it on fb).

Ds1 was born in the hospital and my dr asked me if I wanted it and put it in a container and gave it to dh to take home.

the others were all born at home and w/ ds 2 adn ds3 my my just put it in a ziploc and put it in my freezer:). We never really discussed it. W/dd1, ds4, and dd2 I knew that I would be consuming it and asked my mw to prep it for me so that is how it worked for us.

If you are delivering in a hospital, talk w/ your dr. early on about how to handle this issue. You can put it in your file and your birth plan. You don't have to tell them you are gonna eat it but DO make sure that they do not treat it w/ anything before giving it to you.

AKChix0r's Avatar AKChix0r 07:01 PM 10-27-2011

I didn't want to consume mine, but I did want to SEE it!  Never got the chance though, which sucks.  They said it was really small though...

Poodge's Avatar Poodge 07:58 PM 10-27-2011

Had a smoothie after the birth, then started the pills 4 days after birth. I do think it has helped my mood, still have some anxiety, but not horrible. 

~pi's Avatar ~pi 09:37 PM 10-27-2011

I asked for the placenta to take home, and the nurse said it had to go to pathology b/c of my risk factors. I knew she was mistaken, but I was so happy and at peace with my baby and the birth that I didn't care anywhere near enough to argue over it.


After we got home, we finally sent DS1's placenta, which had been in our freezer for five bleeping years, to industrial composting. We needed the freezer space, and it didn't seem fair to plant his beneath a tree when DS2's got analyzed and then tossed.

saoirse2007's Avatar saoirse2007 05:23 PM 10-29-2011

I finally had my first smoothie today...not sure how I feel about it....tasted good, but feel a little I should have kept it intact

kindyll's Avatar kindyll 07:23 PM 10-29-2011

Had it encapsulated- have been taking 2 pills 2-3x a day, and really feel like it has helped stabilize my mood.

saoirse2007's Avatar saoirse2007 01:40 PM 11-05-2011

I started back on the smoothies ;)


I am using pink grapefruit juice and frozen cherries and pineapple...yummy and no raw meat

theboysmama's Avatar theboysmama 03:46 PM 11-05-2011

I forgot mine today and feel really sluggish (BUT that is proably bcs dh and I stayed up too late:)lol) I should probably go make it now. It is amazing to me how much I still have left. My mw said this was the biggest placenta she had seen.

JunieMoon's Avatar JunieMoon 03:03 PM 11-11-2011
I had mine encapsulated. I'm taking two caps, 3 times a day and I feel wonderful. The one day I forgot my midday dose and ended up in a weeping mess by evening. I took my next dose and have had no weepiness or overwhelming feelings since. I just cannot miss a dose at this point(10 days ppd).
JunieMoon's Avatar JunieMoon 11:32 PM 11-14-2011
Oh no! I guess my placenta was small, because I only have about 27 pills left after taking them for about 9 days, 2 pills 3x a day. greensad.gif. I really don't know what I'm going to do! I just noticed the jar was getting empty. At the rate I was going I would only have about 4 days left, so now I have to cut back to make them stretch. I'm so worried about how I'll feel when they are gone because right now I feel so sane compared to my last two postpartums.
theboysmama's Avatar theboysmama 01:44 PM 11-15-2011

JunieMoon- I would highly recommend you taper off instead of just be done. I think tapering will help to minimize the hormone changes.

With 27 left I would do it this way with 2 in the am then 1 at noon and 1 at night for 2 days then a 2 days at 2 in the am and 1 at night then 3 days 1 in the am and 1 at night then 1 in the am for a week until they are out. That should do the trick.

Mama~Love 04:15 PM 11-15-2011
theboysmama's Avatar theboysmama 04:37 PM 11-15-2011

Mollie- I thought of this when I posted on a thread of yours about you having a hard time and didn't mention it as I figured due to your birth experience yours probably wasn't available. here are some possible options for pp healing, also st. johns wart was incredible after I lost Emeric and that might be helpful for you. It is not recommended if you are breastfeeding but my mw said it was fine for my toddler so I would assume if your baby is not fully relying on your breastmilk (which I think is the case for you right now) it would probably be ok. I really think you need to do something, I am worried about you:( I really hope things get easier.

saritajoy's Avatar saritajoy 11:52 PM 11-16-2011

Well, I haven't had the chance to finish writing and post DD Helena's birth story, but at least I can share about my weird placenta.  I was very into the idea of placental consumption in smoothies... but that apparently was not to be...


At the last minute we decided I was higher risk and opted not to have a home birth.  I instead had a wonderful peaceful water birth in a private location near a hospital. 


I had a rather abnormal placenta - one of my midwives described it as somewhat heart shaped, with two distinct lobes.  It also had white deposits that looked like calcium or something... and apparently there was a third smaller lobe that was still inside my uterus.  My primary midwife has a theory that I have an abnormally shaped uterus that makes it harder to attach, thereby bleeding during pregnancy and requiring my placentas to put in deeper roots in one part (unexplained bleeding especially in second pregnancy and partially detached placentas causing serious post-partum hemorrhages with both). 


I had heavy post-partum hemorrhage and was rushed to the hospital for a D&C which my OBGYN performed.  I was struggling not to pass out from loss of blood and/or from anesthesia and asked (twice!) to keep the placenta.  My doctor said no, I couldn't.  Didn't explain why...  so I am guessing it's just that hospital's policy as my friend who gave birth there in July didn't get hers either.  All in all, I am so grateful to have been taken such good care of by my midwives, doctor and all the nurses during labor, birth and post-partum that it isn't a big deal.  But! I almost told the doctor while lying on the operating table for the D&C that I was going to consume the placenta... and that it would be so good for me after all this blood loss.  But I didn't... there were too many other things in play to make an issue of it.

My recovery has been remarkably easy this time around with no PPD, but my iron levels were low and I really could have used the placenta as the main source instead of iron supplements and so many iron-rich foods, right?!!

JunieMoon's Avatar JunieMoon 10:48 PM 11-20-2011
Originally Posted by theboysmama View Post

JunieMoon- I would highly recommend you taper off instead of just be done. I think tapering will help to minimize the hormone changes.

With 27 left I would do it this way with 2 in the am then 1 at noon and 1 at night for 2 days then a 2 days at 2 in the am and 1 at night then 3 days 1 in the am and 1 at night then 1 in the am for a week until they are out. That should do the trick.

Thank you so much for the input! I've been following your advice and it's working well, although I really felt best when I was taking 6 a day. I really wish I had more pills!