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I actually consider eating the placenta vegan, as its freely given.

I plan to eat the placenta next baby around. I was going to make half into a smoothie and the other half into capsuls ...But I am thinking it would just be easy to make it all into a smoothie, freeze a lot of it into ice cube trays so I can thaw out every evening to have in the morning with breakfast - that way I still get a bit of it everyday over a long period of time...

But my concern is, as a vegetarian (for about 13 years now)....How will my body handle it? I have heard of people who were veggies for a long time, decided to start eating meat again but their body was not used to digesting it so it made them very ill at first. Will this happen if I eat the placenta? Will it make me ill (despite all its nutrience)?

Any veggies here ate their placenta?

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I was wondering about this. Personally, I figured it would be best to have it all in capsules.

A friend of mine was vegetarian for 11 years, and went ahead and had a hamburger one day. Big mistake. He had terrible stomach pains.

But wouldn't the placenta be different? Since it is coming from your own body, I mean?
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Seeing how it is biologically normal behavior to eat the placenta I don't think it would be an issue. I have one friend, and maybe she'll chime in here who has been vegetarian for a long time and didn't have issues eating it. I was eating a vegan diet, but had eaten meat just a year or so before for a brief time and I had no issues..but in theory that doesnt' tell us much.

I can't imagine you'd have an issue. :
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I think it is different too and your body would probably not react the same as it might if eating meat.

My midwife's assistant encapsulated mine for me. I was so beat after birth that I didn't even think of them again and no one thought to offer them to me (will definitely be writing a birth plan next time). I just recently started taking some of the capsules here and there and had no issues with them. I haven't managed to get into the habit yet but I hope to soon. I've been feeling a bit run down and I'm hoping they will help, it just takes me a while to remember to do stuff, especially supplements.

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Just a dumb question- what benefit do you get from consuming a plancenta?

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Just a dumb question- what benefit do you get from consuming a plancenta?
A few answers to that here.

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A few answers to that here.
Very interesting. I think my baby-bearing days are over as I'm 40 years old and a single Mama!! Thanks for the links!!

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it was no problem at all
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I have one friend, and maybe she'll chime in here who has been vegetarian for a long time and didn't have issues eating it.
are you speaking of me, dear?
i had been vegetarian for about 10yrs when i ate our placenta after DS's birth. i had no digestive issues at all with it. i felt wonderful actually, it was my easiest recovery off all both physically and mentally/emotionally.
i cut it into chunks and after making one smoothie with some fresh placenta i froze the rest. i put several pices into a smoothie every day, it lasted about two weeks. a bit of advice though- if you're going to use frozen chunks, either thaw the pieces slightly beforehand or make sure you have a really good blender! i learned that lesson the hard way the first time i used the frozen pieces... 'twas very chunky.

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I wondered this same thing with my recent last pregnancy. I think eating your own placenta is still considered vegan. Now is it considered cannibalism? That's another question. (Totally kidding - I think it's a great thing to do!)

Mine is in the freezer as I think I could easily eat it if it were encapsulated, but can't get past the chopping and drying it in my oven part. For those who have done this themselves- does it smell?

I think that because it is part of you, it wouldn't bother your stomach. I can't really think of anything more pure. On another note, my ND told me how to make a homeopathic remedy from your placenta.
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On another note, my ND told me how to make a homeopathic remedy from your placenta.
This is actually a GREAT thing to do, if you are industrious like that. It is very beneficial to have on hand for your kiddo too. I wish I had done it. Thought about it, but didn't follow through. I did eat mine with my last...but not in it's entirety. It was, as Clover stated, the easiest recovery with no PPD (and I had LOTS of that with my first 2.) In fact I think it's one of the reasons ds2 and I have such an amazing bond. More oxytocin flowing!
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I actually consider eating the placenta vegan, as its freely given.

I plan to eat the placenta next baby around. I was going to make half into a smoothie and the other half into capsuls ...But I am thinking it would just be easy to make it all into a smoothie, freeze a lot of it into ice cube trays so I can thaw out every evening to have in the morning with breakfast - that way I still get a bit of it everyday over a long period of time...

But my concern is, as a vegetarian (for about 13 years now)....How will my body handle it? I have heard of people who were veggies for a long time, decided to start eating meat again but their body was not used to digesting it so it made them very ill at first. Will this happen if I eat the placenta? Will it make me ill (despite all its nutrience)?

Any veggies here ate their placenta?

Thanks!
I doubt you'll have any trouble. I was vegetarian for nearly 15 years before being pregnant with my daughter. I had an amazing craving for chicken, suddenly. So because I was listening to my body, I decided to prepare some, ate it, and was completely fine. Not that I necessarily ENJOYED it, but it certainly didn't make me ill.

I think perhaps, a lot of it is "mental". Meaning, if you're not worried or conflicted at all about eating your placenta (which, from a vegetarian/ethical perspective, I don't think you should be), then you'll be fine.

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It really is mental. Nothing changes about our bodies' ability to digest meat if we don't eat it for a while.

I can't even think about eating my own placenta but if you decide to put it into capsules, make sure you buy vegetarian capsules or you'll be eating gelatin.

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I ate a fully plant-based diet for over a decade and made placenta smoothies after DS birth. No problems with digestion.
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I wondered this with my last pregnancy.. but ended up in the hossy and they promptly removed my placenta when I asked for it :

next time around, I hope to have it put in capules for me.. I don't know that I could actually handle it myself. I am a little squeemish when it comes to stuff that even resembles meat.

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my husband did the slicing, drying and grinding.
directly after bith i took a few pieces, held them under my tongue, then swallowed them.
not the most appetizing thing in the world, but by far not the worst.
if you are going to grind it. use a coffee grinder, works great!
when it was drying in the dehydrator it smelled sooo good!

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Yeah, I have been veg for 11 years and ate my placentas. No problems, I ate them in a stew DH prepared. I also ate a chunk raw after my second to prevent hemmorage. : There actually was a discussion on another forum about whether it was cannabilism or not. Only one person was saying it was. From a veg*n perspective, I like what "Healing with Whole Foods" says that placenta is the only meat that comes from life and not from death. Since I'm veg to be anti-cruelty and supportive of life, placenta seems like the perfect (and only) meat for me!
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