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Old 06-30-2004, 12:03 PM
 
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I too was only giving my opinion, I could personally not eat it. However if it helps with PPD then those who suffer from it could definalty benifit. I think if I had ppd then I would put it capsuls.
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Well, I ain't running to the store for Placenta Helper....
that's too funny. :
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apologies, ladies. i made a faux pas and responded to something i found humorous before i read the whole thread. :

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And according to my DH, who has his master's in wildlife biology, animals do not routinely eat their placentas.
I'm sorry, but no matter where his credibilities lie, he is incorrect.

Mammals normally eat the placenta and afterbirth. Have you ever witnessed your cat or dog having a litter? All rodents eat the placents as well. I bred mice to feed my reptiles for 2 years, and it sure is a sight to see a momma mouse eating all 15 placentas!!!! Although there are some exceptions... Horses and llamas do not routinely eat the afterbirth, although this may have to do more with domestication/captive behaviour.
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nak

not sure if i will eat the placenta or have a lotus birth next time

i thought most mdcers either did one or the other! :LOL

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texture is more like a thick pudding than meat. Really tender and juicy.
I ate mine raw, since I heard that the heat from cooking or drying can take away some of the beneficial properties.
one of my midwives suggested putting it in a blender with vodka and drinking it, but I don't do alcohol.
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I am so sorry, I forgot who has the dh with a master's in wildlife bio.. but I have a question for him:

If animals do not routinely eat their placentas, what DO they do with it? Leave it to rot alongside their young? Bury it?

To me, it just makes total logical sense that they would eat it. The smell of the rotting meat would attract scavengers to their young if they didn't, right? I am sure they eat it and benefit greatly from it.

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I'm not sure yet but I'd like to make a tincture out of mine. I'm going to have to have a hospital birth though. Can I keep it in the fridge for a few days? Dh would NEVER make the tincture fresh for me. I don;t have a problem with swallowing chunks but doubt I'd chew or cook it. Seems like a tincture would keep better and taste less offensive. Right? I need to find a good jar to use. Any ideas? Do you make a large amount? Like a gallon pickle jar or a little like a jelly jar? I need some good instructions in detail for this. I didn't get the alst part of the recipe already lasted on how to use. Anyone who knows PM me please. BTW< this change of heart has come recently after my best friend had her baby this weekend and hemmoraged badly (nearly died) while her pacenta was useless as her dh had already taken it home from the hospital.
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I tried mine. It wasn't very good, probably because it sat in the fridge for 2 weeks. The raw bite made me gag. The cooked piece wasn't as bad, but it's just not my thing, I guess.

My dad says it's the only kind of meat you can eat without having to kill something.
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I'm not sure yet but I'd like to make a tincture out of mine. I'm going to have to have a hospital birth though. Can I keep it in the fridge for a few days?
This is the recipe I've found for making the essence.... I plan on using it myself unless I hear about anything better:
http://www.unhinderedliving.com/placentaessence.html

If your dh isn't into dealing with it- maybe you could have a friend do it? I would think that fresher is better, though I'm sure it's still worth it if it's been refridgerated. Seems like from this recipe, that you only need a piece of it to make quite a bit of tincture. So just imagine you deliver the placenta and have a friend ask the doctor for a big chunk of it right then and there to place in the mason jar with distilled water-- I'm sure it happens ALL the time in hospitals, LOL!

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Regarding the domesticated animal question, here's my 2 cents. My goats tend to eat their placentas, but my sheep never do. I wish my sheep ate theirs because I have to always go dispose of them -- we have predators galore around here. Goats *are* smarter than sheep, don't know if that has anything to do with it!
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Goats *are* smarter than sheep, don't know if that has anything to do with it!
They are but then I had one eat a vinyl shower curtain one time. :LOL

If they could somehow make a pizza and sneak it in as a topping, MAYBE. just MAYBE...
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Well, I'll stand up and be counted. I ate my placenta...1/4 of it, a couple of hours after I gave birth. It was prepared stir fried with onions, garlic, green pepper and garlic black bean sauce all over rice. And you know, I hadn't slept all night...ate it at about 5:45 in the a.m. I had transferred to the hospital (came home 2 hours after we arrived) and my house smelled SO GOOD when I got home and I was SOO hungry!! My doula cleaned and prepared the placenta for me. It was chewy...sort of spongy and the flavour was somewhat like organ meat (though not nearly as strong as liver). The texture bothered me the most, so I just sort of chomped it a couple times and swallowed.

I heard about people eating placenta soup way back when I was a teenager...my friends mom was very earthy...and at the time, I was apalled.

However, the idea grew on me, and when I realised it was the only thing I hadn't really tried to prevent PPD, I was all for it.

When I told my mom, she nearly vomited, and my husband swears the reason I'm not full of the blues is "all in my head."

But whatever...SO FAR, it has worked. It is a personal decision, that is for sure.

I had thought about drying it, but our friend borrowed our dehydrator, and I wasn't sure I could handle the smell as it dried. Eating it in a stirfry was ok. I'm sure any stir fry recipe would yield a palatable placenta dish.

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So how much of it do you have to eat raw right after the birth for it to have any effect? I think the most I could stomach would be a very small piece that I could swallow. And I know dh wouldn't deal well with it, so the most I can hope for would be for him to take it home and stick it in the fridge for me to make the capsules and tincture later.
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You know what one of my favorite parts about having eaten placenta are? Telling mainstream people that we did it. The looks I have gotten and the comments I've received have been priceless. People who believed we are weird felt like we went up a whole new level!
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I used to have gerbils that were constantly reproducing and I never saw any little tiny placentas in the cage, so the mother must have eaten them.

I wonder what other primates do with theirs?
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a little piece is still beneficial. after i had consumed a few pieces, i became more open to the idea of having more since i felt so good.
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Has anyone actually eaten their own placenta or eaten someone elses? Was it nasty?

I can't help on the taste, as I'm still baking with my first, however Before talking to our midwives we were going to make lasagna. Now however the midwives will be drying and encapsulating my placenta for me to take in pill form to help combat ppd.

Never seemed all that gross to me Especially when you think of all the nutrients in it. Chinese medicine has been using placenta for quite some time...expensive stuff too!
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Well, my dh has refused to even take the placenta home with him So I guess mine gets thrown away:cry
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You know what one of my favorite parts about having eaten placenta are? Telling mainstream people that we did it.
: You should have seen the look on my FMIL's face when we told her about the "placenta pills"!!! Priceless!
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Exactly!

We had a "Placenta Planting Ceremony" with Dylan's and MIL was surprisingly well-behaved. She already thinks I am nuts, so it will just reinforce her beleif when I either
A. Send her a picture of the baby with the cord and placenta still attached
or
B. Ask her for her favorite stir-fry recipe and tell her I will use it when we eat the placenta!

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Squeemish or what!

http://www.mothering.com/discussion...ead.php?t=61009

Eating the placenta is good for you! Don't be so , er , anal!

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I like the idea of a tinture. I am very sure I could handle that. I am not a raw meat person, and if it is like j-ello OH, not so sure I could handle that. Although I am tempted to try and make a hunk of it into the "Placenta roast" for myself. Or maybe a stew like thing?
I ahve been a bit worried about PPD this time around. I am pretty sure that was my problem with my third one. (I have been reading over a journal I wrote) I don't want that to happen ever again.
I was alos wondering, this may sound weird, but what if anything did it do for your labito? While I am pregnant I really love sex a lot. But after birth I am a non-sexual being for sometimes up to a year. Occationally I will have sex with my dh just out of guilt because it has been like 4 months. Do the hormone levels in the placenta help with that? Anyone know?
Also back to the tinture, how long can the main bottle of water, placenta essence and alcohol? If all you need is 7 drops, it seems like it would go bad before you need to make another bottle. How much water do you need to make the first "tea"?

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mamaofthree,
I HOPE that taking placenta tincture could help with libido. After a baby I find myself in the exact situation as you- and it SUCKS!

I think that tinctures keep for a loooong time, if they are in a dark bottle or place. The alcohol preserves them.
As far as water for the beginning, it says to make sure the piece of placenta is covered. I've never made it, so it'll be an experiment for me.

I'll let you know sometime after next january!
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an ice chest full of ice with the placenta in a few ziplocs with sliders could go a long way if you are not birthing at home.

i dunno about libido. i think the whole point with not feeling so sexy is so that you don't procreate so quickly, and especially if you are nursing.
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Ha! Thanks for the ice chest idea That way I can just deal with it myself at the hospital and dh won't get a choice
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I don't think hospitals let you keep it. They consider it a "biohazard". Doesn't that sound like toxic waste? How depressing. :P
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I don't think hospitals let you keep it. They consider it a "biohazard". Doesn't that sound like toxic waste? How depressing. :P
The hospitals absolutely let you keep it. It is illegal for them to not let you keep it.
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Mine is in my freezer. It is suppose to be good rose bush fertilizer, but I don't have a rose bush.

Eat it, I'm getting gaggy just thinking about it.
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It's very good for PPD. I have not eaten mine, but I know someone who swallowed a dime sized peice to help with heavy bleeding after childbirth.
I'm not against doing that.

I think feeding formula is grosser than this is, actually.
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