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Old 10-13-2004, 02:41 PM - Thread Starter
 
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If so, how did you prepare it and what does it taste like?


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Old 10-13-2004, 02:57 PM
 
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I did not eat my placentas, never even occured to me at all.
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Well, I never had a placenta. But, I'm curious at the outcome of the poll!
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I didn't eat it. I didn't even get to see it. I didn't realize you *could* eat it!

I'm open to the possibility of eating future placentas....I'll have to bounce it offa DH and see what he thinks about it. I def wanna *SEE* it next time around!

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Never have, but would definitely be open to it.
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i really wanted to try it since i did research it but never did eat it. i didnt find a good recipe that i felt comfy with. altho some women make it into a smoothie (only a small bit of placenta) mixed with favorite fruits and veggies. i also heard you can dry it and grind it into a powder and make capsules out of it. you can also make it into a tincture (never found a good tincture recipe).

next time i probably will try it. who knows it may taste like chicken :
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I need the other option.

I planted mine under a lovely Mt Ash tree and the dog dug it up and ate it.
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Nope, it's actually cryogencially frozen with his cord blood. We had them both saved in case we ever needed them. I had never heard of eating it before.

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i bet your dog will be the healthiest canine around
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Ummm....yes I did consume some of a placenta.

My midwife was concerned about the amount of blood I had lost, but it was borderline type concern, so to be safe I had some blendered up with tomato juice....kind of a homeopathic remedy for loss of blood...so and it was just like a tomato smoothy.

But I do know that folks have made a stew before...though I have not had that.

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Nope I didn't eat mine : but I didn't really see it either I really wanted to look at it but I just never asked I saw them put it in a bowl and I wanted to see it but then something must have happened to distract me because I forgot all about it until hours later : I guess I was a little out of it probably. Next time I will tell them before I go into labor that I want to take it home bacause I want to bury it and plant a tree. I would have done that this time but we rent so I would not have had anywhere to plant it and I don't think dh would have been too happy to see a placenta every time he opens the freezer : !!!!! He says he saw it after it came out and it gives him nightmares LOL LOL LOL : : : I would possibly be open to drying part of it and making it into a capsul that might be fun
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No, and although I read up on the benefits I really can't see doing so for myself. I have major food control issues and have a hard time getting a lot of things down my throat that I know are good, normal, healthy foods... I like familiar things.

I remember being repulsed by it the first time, the 2nd time the midwife was very excited about it- said it was "the healthiest placenta she'd ever seen" whatever that means. I had an 11 pound baby, so I guess it was what she needed Anyway, after seeing the midwife look at it with awe, I gained a lot of respect for what it did and what it provided.
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No, I don't think I would of since I was pumped full of so many drugs in the end. Maybe next time I will, I'll try the tomato juice idea.
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Nope, didn't eat it but I did see it. Then I gave it to a friend who was there for my birth. She trains search & rescue dogs and placenta is a great training tool. She got 99 bottles of sample out of it. It made me happy because it will help train dogs that will bring closure to a grieving family one day. (In fact, she just helped find a drowning victim this weekend.)

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Well this probably doesn't count, but I took one bite of raw placenta and one bite of cooked. It tasted really gross, like a mouthful of human blood. I would not do it again.

I just tried it because I was curious.
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I would say that counts. you tried it and did not like it.
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We meant to.... then never got motivated enough to research cooking ideas. It was sealed in our fridge for a month until dh planted it with a potted tree......which we will bonzai so it can stay in the same pot. The tree is outside so I thought we'd have a cat problem but we don't...maybe cause its actually under the tree. Either way, it was fun cause it freaked MIL out





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That just doesn't sound tasty :LOL
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I had mine stir-fried with garlic and onions, although I wish I would have know about drying it and taking it in capsule form. As I told friends at the time- it wasn't gross, but certainly something I wouldn't order in a restaraunt.

I did have ppd (due to a homebirth turned unnecessary c-sect) but really I think I did it more for the experience. I was much more hard-core back then. Ironically, I was also a vegetarian!

Next came dd and I felt no need or desire to consume placenta. Hers was sent out to the Pacific Ocean.
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I voted "yes, I did eat my placenta."

I blended some of it up with apples and peaches and ate some of it raw.

I prefered eating it raw as it was faster and easier. There was a slight taste of blood, but no big deal. I cut the bites up very small and swallowed them whole.

I had bad PPD after my 1st daughters birth and this time I have not experienced that at all. Im VERY glad that I decided to eat it and will do it again in the future (if I choose to have more children.)
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Oh wow. I never knew you could do such a thing.
During the hospitals birthing class they told us you couldn't have it, not that I knew what you'd even want it for. Hmm... now I know!
I was out cold during the c-section so I never even saw it.
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What an awesome thread. Really. I did so think about it w/#2 and it's so cool to know that somewhere in the world I could discuss it w/o feeling too, um, out there. Since my dogs won't let me bury anymore, I'll definitely consider it well if #3 decides to join us someday.


eta: Is there any research showing its effects on PPD? My good friend is pg w/#4 and has horrible PPPsychosis. But, she's very skeptical of anything non-medical. I'd love to share cold, hard, facts.
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Old 10-15-2004, 12:59 PM
 
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No, i didnt eat it and like above didnt even see it much know that I could eat it.
I will not be eating it this time around either.
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Old 10-15-2004, 01:52 PM
 
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yes. I ate it raw. Every single hormone-related problem I had after DD1 was born did not bother me at all after DD2 was born and I ate the placenta. I'd definitely do it again if I ever have another baby.
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No - I didn't. I had certainly heard of doing it and I don't think it's gross to do or anything, but it's not for me. I'm a vegetarian to begin with (although I wouldn't find eating my own placenta inhumane in any way) so I think eating it would be a bit weird. I didn't even save mine (or really see them for that matter) so I feel a little like the odd girl out on these boards in that respect. I always meant to at least check them out but in the moment it just never occured to me. Oh well. Maybe I can convince dh to let there be a "next time".

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Old 10-15-2004, 06:39 PM
 
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My dad says it's the only meat you can eat without having to kill something.
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Old 10-16-2004, 01:54 AM
 
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Didn't eat it, but I DID make my midwife show it to me and let me feel it and the amniotic sac. Wow! What an amazing piece of meat!
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Old 10-16-2004, 04:47 AM
 
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Ate both of mine (hey, can I vote twice? )

This time I'm not planning on eating it, unless I feel like I want to.... I'm going to make a placenta tincture. I could still make the tincture and eat what's left. we'll see.

Oh, and I was vegan the first time and vegetarian the second.

And both times it was stir fried with onions, garlic, and mushrooms.
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Old 10-16-2004, 06:53 AM
 
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Nope. Never will. I cant even eat mayo without throwing up. LOL

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