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I keep hearing people say that if you are hemmoragging, the best thing to do is to eat part of the placenta.

Since this sounds incredibly gross to me, I'm wondering if there is actual research to back this up? I know animals sometimes eat the afterbirth....but is there research on this?

I had both my kids with very little blood, and both my placentas delivered easily. However, since we are planning UC this time around (ttc at the moment) I want to make sure my bases are covered.
 

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Placentophagy
http://www.naturalparenting.com.au/i...ash=1439447aa5

Some people eat the whole thing- in my case, with dd2 (1st uc) I ate a piece simply to stop hemmoraging. I can't say if it worked but I was desparate to do anything.
In my case, I was found anemic, so 3rd baby (2nd uc) I was treated prior to delivery for anemia and NO PP hemmorage or placenta eating either.
This is a debate with some OB's saying it provides no nutritional value, doesn't prevent ppd etc- and there are those who believe it does all these things.
 

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BTDT. I enjoyed chowing down on pieces of my own placenta still warm from my body and amazing birth
I had it in reserve in case of PPH with a few other things ahead of it but then ended up with an unexpected freebirth a few weeks early so all I had was my placenta. It did help slow my bleeding and also made my lochia bleed shorter in duration compared with my first birth. This is another side effect many women report. Too many women I know have benefitted from it in a number of ways for me to discount it regardless of the lack of studies into humans and placentophagia. I contacted a scientist who specialises in placentophagia in other species who was totally freaked out (and surprised) to hear of humans eating placenta. Go figure...
 
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