EATING THE PLACENTA ! TASTY OR TABOO WHAT DO YOU THINK ?

Louise - posted on 07/06/2009 ( 81 moms have responded )

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Why do people eat the placenta, to me i think it is disgusting, canbalisim ! how can you eat or anyone eat this ?

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Wendy - posted on 07/09/2009

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I'm not sure how you define cannibalism. It's your own organ, not someone else's and not a person. I'm not sure why you're asking when you've already judged it. How can someone eat it? They can eat it raw, cook it in some manner - steamed, sauteed, mixed with other foods, dried in the oven, freeze dried, made into capsules and probably other methods.

If you're asking how someone with a revulsion to it can eat it then that's a pretty complicated and personal question - meaning the answer varies person to person. People with no revulsion to it probably have a totally different answer all together.

Why do people eat it? The reasons are many and varied - spiritual, health, personal. It is a very nutrient-rich organ, it's a vital part of growing the new life and has a meaning to some women, it's purported to assist with post-partum hormones, milk supply, menopause - basically anything revolving around the hormones that make and sustain life.

I think it's neither tasty nor taboo. It is a possibility for some women and since it harms no one why would you judge anyone for it?

Katie - posted on 07/08/2009

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There is no reason to do this. Unless you starved during your pregnancy, you don't need it. I'm not even sure the doctor delivering the baby would let you. This is just weird. There's a reason it's discarded from the body after childbirth, it's no longer of use. Donate the cord-blood instead. Help save some lives.

Kate CP - posted on 07/07/2009

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Quoting proscovia:

A placenta is more like a human being i would think! so eating it is like eating a peron, that is witchcraft and canibalism.


Firstly, witches do not eat humans. Period. End of discussion. Secondly, there are about a bazillion different types of what Christians consider "witch craft". It is insulting to assume that I eat babies. I am against animal cruelty, I am a very loving wife and mother, and I also happen to be what most people call a "witch". I use herbs, I pray, I'm superstitious about things like growing rosemary by your front door, putting salt along doors and windows, and I always burn a candle to remember my loved ones who passed on. I believe in God, I attend church, and I am a good person. Open minds lead to open hearts and that is was Jesus preached.

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Sharon - posted on 07/27/2009

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If someone wants to eat their placenta - fine & good. Its no ones business but their own and their reasons why. Its right up there with breastfeeding and circumcision. Don't pass judgement on what you don't know.

Melissa - posted on 07/27/2009

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i didn't do it, but i know people who have...so i can't say whether it's tasty or taboo. i'll just say no thanks!

Shanon - posted on 07/27/2009

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Nope....sometime it is hard not to smell some of them..lol but I try not to make it a point...LOL....ok so is that ur hubby in the pic with you ..are u one how likes the other breed...LOL.. JK....I mean I know some men can be dogs...LOL

Kate CP - posted on 07/27/2009

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What?! You mean you don't sniff butts as a form of greeting? That's how I met my husband! ;)

Shanon - posted on 07/26/2009

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OK !!! I am going to put in my 2cents..ok maybe a nickle and dime...This is comming with no disrespect..What nut job thought this was a good idea!!! Yes dogs do it and other animals but have you ever been greeted with someone sniffen your butt.. I have not and I have never greeted anyone this way..I know people choose to do this for many reason and more power to ya. But I am one who has a list of things that DON"T go back in after they come out..I also haven't seen anyone spoon up ther own vomit..(dog)..I dont think back in the day when our mammas,mammas,mammas,mammas,mamma gave birth that this crossed ther minds to be a good thing...so ok thats my dollar.tks... oh an dI think planting a tree way better ...Y , poo good fertlizer so that works...

TaJauna - posted on 07/26/2009

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ive never heard of such a thing and i find it to be disgusting too. but everyone has the right to decide for themselves what they want so to each its own. i know i wouldn't even if given the choice.

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It doesn't appeal to me, but if others chose to eat it then I respect that. Each to their own I say.

Minnie - posted on 07/17/2009

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Quoting Loureen:



Quoting Kate:





Quoting Melanie:






Quoting Rebekah:

 I'm not an animal.











Does that make you a plant, a fungus, a bacteria or a virus? 















She could also be a rock, you know. ;)











It is true that humans differ from other animals in terms of intelligence. However, from a biological perspective, humans are classified as animals!







Webster's New Universal Unabridged Dictionary:
animal:
1.
any member of the kingdom Animalia, comprising multicellular organisms that have a well-defined shape and usually limited growth, can move voluntarily, actively acquire food and digest it internally, and have sensory and nervous systems that allow them to respond rapidly to stimuli: some classification schemes also include protozoa and certain other single-celled eukaryotes that have motility and animal like nutrition modes.







 






we are just Animals with HUGE ego's .

LOL !



Animals with huge egos is right! Lol!

Tanya - posted on 07/17/2009

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Quoting Sandra:

they use pregnant donkey urine to make HRT products there was a programme on T.V. a few yrs ago so my sister and I refuse to depend on H.R.T. and cpoe with the menopause NATURALLY - willpower helps too.
Sandra


Just curious here, not being snarky I promise, but how does willpower have anything to do with nightsweats?  I'm dealing with pre-menopausal issues and I'd love to make the hot flashes stop without using chemicals.  I guess I just don't understand your comment.

Sandra - posted on 07/17/2009

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they use pregnant donkey urine to make HRT products there was a programme on T.V. a few yrs ago so my sister and I refuse to depend on H.R.T. and cpoe with the menopause NATURALLY - willpower helps too.

Sandra

Lucy - posted on 07/17/2009

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I was told that eating the placent can reduce the risk of post natal depression, personally i think a big box of chocolates would do the job just aswell!

Isobel - posted on 07/16/2009

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Quoting Kate:



Quoting proscovia:

A placenta is more like a human being i would think! so eating it is like eating a peron, that is witchcraft and canibalism.





Firstly, witches do not eat humans. Period. End of discussion. Secondly, there are about a bazillion different types of what Christians consider "witch craft". It is insulting to assume that I eat babies. I am against animal cruelty, I am a very loving wife and mother, and I also happen to be what most people call a "witch". I use herbs, I pray, I'm superstitious about things like growing rosemary by your front door, putting salt along doors and windows, and I always burn a candle to remember my loved ones who passed on. I believe in God, I attend church, and I am a good person. Open minds lead to open hearts and that is was Jesus preached.





here here!

Vanessa - posted on 07/16/2009

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We also planted a tree on top of our first born's placenta and the second is in the freezer until we get organised to do the same. We have a running joke about making 'placenta polenta', if anyone asks but we wouldnt really serve it up! Its funny how people freak out about such things though, we had a 'lotus birth' for our first born (where the placenta is kept attached until it falls off naturally) and the midwife at our backup hospital (we ended up having a home birth) looked quite disgusted.

Jakki - posted on 07/16/2009

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We took our three placentas home and put them in the garden and had a bit of a ceremony. But I haven't known many other friends (here in australia) to do it too. It's a bit of a hippy thing to do.

Charlie - posted on 07/16/2009

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Quoting Kate:




Quoting Melanie:





Quoting Rebekah:

 I'm not an animal.









Does that make you a plant, a fungus, a bacteria or a virus? 












She could also be a rock, you know. ;)







It is true that humans differ from other animals in terms of intelligence. However, from a biological perspective, humans are classified as animals!




Webster's New Universal Unabridged Dictionary:
animal:
1.
any member of the kingdom Animalia, comprising multicellular organisms that have a well-defined shape and usually limited growth, can move voluntarily, actively acquire food and digest it internally, and have sensory and nervous systems that allow them to respond rapidly to stimuli: some classification schemes also include protozoa and certain other single-celled eukaryotes that have motility and animal like nutrition modes.




 







we are just Animals with HUGE ego's .



LOL !

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I kept my placenta. After discussing it with the delivery folks, I explained why, signed off that I wouldn't eat it and when I went home, a container came with me. I planted it with a wonderful Japanese Maple tree in honor of my son's birth.
It is a Hawaiian tradition to plant the placenta (or "iewe," pronounced eh-AY-vay) in a religious ceremony. The iewe is considered sacred and when planted with a tree is watched as it grows to better understand psychological and spiritual changes in the child.

In Australia, it is an Aboriginal tradition to plant the placenta under a special tree or bush. Actor, Matthew McConaughey recently brought this ritual into news when he announced that he planned to plant the placenta, from the birth of his son Levi, in an orchard.

The placenta can be frozen until you are ready to plant it. Some cultures plant the placenta and leave it in the ground for one year before planting the tree. After planting it in the ground, the placenta breaks down in the soil and delivers nutrients that will produce a beautiful tree that you can watch grow with your child. The symbolism connects your child to the tree in a very special and beautiful way. Some families choose to throw placenta planting parties and turn the event into a big celebration honoring their child. My son is 8 years old now and the tree is still going strong and beautiful.

Charlie - posted on 07/15/2009

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i know my cousin from NZ planted a tree with hers , i think its beautiful.

Nicole - posted on 07/15/2009

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I really feel that it is a woman's personal choice what to do with the placenta. If I would have known or been more assertive, I would have asked to have it preserved so I could bury it and plant a tree over it. We, as Americans can be so judgmental of other cultures or ideas without investigating and learning why this practice is "normal" in some places. I wouldn't be able to eat it, ever, but that doesn't mean that I have the right to belittle or judge someone else for their cultural beliefs. This world would be a much better place if we would be more open to learning about different cultures. I hope I live to see a more open and loving America/world!

Kate CP - posted on 07/14/2009

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Quoting Melanie:



Quoting Rebekah:

 I'm not an animal.





Does that make you a plant, a fungus, a bacteria or a virus? 





She could also be a rock, you know. ;)

Charlie - posted on 07/14/2009

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its not our normal behaviour but we are one of the only animals that do not eat it , its rich in nutrients , vitamins and minerals , having said that i couldnt do it !

Melanie - posted on 07/14/2009

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Quoting Rebekah:

 I'm not an animal.


Does that make you a plant, a fungus, a bacteria or a virus? 

Melanie - posted on 07/14/2009

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The placenta is high in iron - perfect for a mother who has just given birth. It is also suppose to taste like liver - this is due to its similar function and high iron level. As in New Zealand in Australia you are given the option to take the placenta.



I don't have a problem with someone eating it after all it is just another type of meat, and it is not like you are gonna need it anymore.



In answer to the question did I eat it? No, I am not a big fan of liver and the placenta looks too much like liver for my liking.



But I don't have a problem with anyone who does, it makes sense. If we researched it we would probably find the idea of not eating the placenta is a recent one as we now have constant and ready access to red meat (as well as iron tablets!).

Johnny - posted on 07/14/2009

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I probably should have eaten my placenta, because I had a severe postpartum hemorrhage, but the idea just made me feel more nauseous than I already did. I fully acknowledge that it is an acceptable and useful thing to do, but my culturally biased hang-ups got in the way. Thinking about eating it just gives me the shivers. I didn't keep it either, I didn't really have any plan on what to do with it, and if I'd taken it home, it would probably still be sitting in the deep freeze with the roasts. Ugh.

Sharon - posted on 07/14/2009

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Quoting Ruth:

Just in an aside - in New Zealand, keeping the placenta is an option given to all parents, not just indigenous ones. At our local hospital, you are offered the clay to make a container to put your placenta in, and when it is buried, the clay breaks down naturally and the placenta goes back to the earth - its the circle of life.


That is so cool Ruth!  I don't think my familys' culture has eaten placenta in recent history and I'll just eat more healthy food if I need more nutrients but your custom is lovely!



And what a comfort to a mom who has lost a child to be able to visit the tie you and your child shared for nearly a year....  Thank you for sharing!

Kim - posted on 07/14/2009

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I think the placenta used in hair conditioners etc is mostly animal. I believe horse.



And horse (mare) urine is used in Premarin I think it is. Some hormone replacement stuff.

Tanya - posted on 07/14/2009

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I've seen animals eat their own poop too. Should we do that? I believe that the placenta serves its full purpose in the uterus and then it leaves our bodies because its service is done. People keep mentioning how it's common in other cultures to eat it, but you have to remember that we are not living in those other cultures. It's also common to treat women like cattle in other cultures, but we put higher value on people here. I believe that people are free to do whatever they want as long as it doesn't infringe upon someone else's personal freedoms. If you want to eat your placenta, feel free to chow down, but understand that you will be looked upon as very strange in *this* culture, which you have chosen to be part of.

Louise - posted on 07/14/2009

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Quoting Wendy:

Hi Louise, I think it's fine to be interested in something that you wouldn't want to actually do yourself. And it's also fine to be turned off by the idea on a personal level. But disgusting and cannibalism are loaded words and sounded to my ears as judging.

I don't normally jump into discussions though I also find it interesting to read thoughtful replies and get others perspectives.

Ruth, your reply is quite touching and I'm so sorry for your son's death.


In Response once again to you wendy comment !



 i simply posted this topic as i was interested in what other people's thoughts were on this topic as personally i have never discussed this before with anyone....not that i have been to shy  just cause i was here on this site and the thought came to me !



 



I quote my self by saying TO ME I THINK ITS DISGUSTING, i have a weak stomach ( and as i said before if i needed to eat my placenta due to medical reasons i probably would ! and cannibalism !  ( exclamation mark ) i am not pointing any fingers , nor judging ANYONE !  i did not quote anyone , i have not layed judgment i have purley quoted my beliefs & feelings on this subject.



 



 



 



 

Ruth - posted on 07/11/2009

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Just in an aside - in New Zealand, keeping the placenta is an option given to all parents, not just indigenous ones. At our local hospital, you are offered the clay to make a container to put your placenta in, and when it is buried, the clay breaks down naturally and the placenta goes back to the earth - its the circle of life.

Emma - posted on 07/11/2009

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All i can say is yuk, i saw it, and would never think of serving it for dinner. but aparentaly its ment to stimulate milk production, and be full of nutrants.

Kim - posted on 07/11/2009

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I understand why people would eat the placenta and think apart from all the nutrition in it it may also be looked at as an honouring of the new life (by ingesting their body/twin if you like). for some cultures cannabilism was about honouring the person they were eating - especially if this was an enemy they killed in battle. Not something I would do, but we will bury our bubs placenta and plant a tree as that is part of my culture. Each their own

Rebekah - posted on 07/10/2009

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All I have to say is i would NEVER do it! Gorillas do it, but hey, I'm not an animal.

Wendy - posted on 07/10/2009

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Hi Louise, I think it's fine to be interested in something that you wouldn't want to actually do yourself. And it's also fine to be turned off by the idea on a personal level. But disgusting and cannibalism are loaded words and sounded to my ears as judging.

I don't normally jump into discussions though I also find it interesting to read thoughtful replies and get others perspectives.

Ruth, your reply is quite touching and I'm so sorry for your son's death.

Louise - posted on 07/09/2009

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In reply to Wendy !

I am not judging anyone with my comment & question , a matter of fact i do personally think for MYSELF to eat my placenta would be something that i would not do ! disgusting yes i have a weak stomach lol & if i did eat it would probaby be sick..but yes if it was offered to me to help me stop bleeding or in a medical emergency where this wonderous organ would benefit me or my new born of course i would consider using this...what mother wouldnt ? I have total respect for cultural beliefs in this situation each to their own you want to boil it, mash it, fry it add vegetables thats ok ! Again in no way have i jugded anyone or any religion in my question that i posted. The placenta is an amazing miracle , to be able to sustain and nurture our chilldren for 40 weeks is truly a miracle from god......without the placenta and the job that it does throughout our pregnancies there simply would be no pregnancies......But it has been really interesting reading everyones thoughts on this topic..

Thanks

Ladies :-)

Louise - posted on 07/09/2009

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Quoting Ruth:

I am indigenous to New Zealand, and while we don't eat the placenta, we do take it home and bury it. My son's was buried with his fathers at their family home, and my daughters was buried on my son (we lost our son 3 months before our daughter was born). We believe that, because it kept them alive for 9 months and it is part of the connection to the mother, where ever it is buried will always feel like home to the child. We gave our daughters afterbirth to our son because I believe if he had wanted to take us with him in the accident that took his life, he could have, and this way she will always go home and visit him.



I have total respect for what you are saying ! and if i was given the oportunity to keep or even look at my placenta before it was whisked away then i think that the idea of planting it in the backyard with a tree on it is an amazing thing to do for & with your child.......

LaCi - posted on 07/09/2009

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What does everyone think happens to the placenta and the foreskin after birth and circumcision? There is a load of money to be made of those. Do you believe the hospitals just throw it away? Guess again. It goes into high end lotions and cosmetics.

LaCi - posted on 07/09/2009

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hm. I used to put placenta on my hair. Not sure which animal that came from. Worked wonders. Stupid vegetarianism killed that conditioning treatment.

I'd be more apt to bury it for good luck.

But to each their own.

Samantha - posted on 07/09/2009

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To each their own I say. Some people eat it because it is a cultural thing. Some people want the wonderful nutrients that the placenta provides, it helps with stress and post natal depression and it will replenish all of the nutrients that your body no longer has because of giving birth.

I personally wouldn't eat it only because I have a very weak stomach and I don't think I could eat it, but people who eat is shouldn't be judged because of what they choose to do. It is there own choice and I say if you can handle it go for it!

Wendy - posted on 07/09/2009

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Quoting Nicole:

some cultures cook it others go raw. witchcraft?ROFLCOPTERS!!!!!! It is the product of the hypercritical judeo-christian society to say things like that.



woah woah take it easy, lets not get personal now, im a christiam & ive done research on this & i would have kept mine & ate it after giving birth, Just that i had a unwanted cesarian & suffered post natal & post traumatic stress afterwards. u can actually cut it up into small tablet size peices, freeze it & just take it like u would take a tablet. i never got the chance to even see it, I might not had suffered the depression quite as bad as i did if i ate it.



I say do ur research first before u make a judgement  on others, im glad i did for next time i have a baby without any intervention thanks.



I think the cannibal & witchcraft comment was a bit rough though. 



 

Kimberley - posted on 07/09/2009

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Quoting Louise:

EATING THE PLACENTA ! TASTY OR TABOO WHAT DO YOU THINK ?

Why do people eat the placenta, to me i think it is disgusting, canbalisim ! how can you eat or anyone eat this ?



Hi there you sure know that the placenta was eatten by mums all around the world as it give you back a lot a nutriants you lost duing pregnancy you can get a stew to make with it on the net and if you wish to it up to you more power to you girl . also many pagan mum like to take the placenta home and plant a tree on it as its a very important and sacred thing and sued but preated as such not just being chucked out like rubbish .

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Quoting Jennifer:

Sounds to me like alot of these posts are uneducated and unreasearched!! I did not have the option of eating or saving my placenta with my son. But, if I had I would have frozen it and then dried it in the oven (the recipe, yes recipe, is quite common in some circles). The placenta is an amazing thing that nurtured your unborn babe for many months. It is full of wonderful elements and really if we look at why animals eat theirs, we might see the value in doing this as humans! We are animals, damn it!! Don't be so ignorant! We'd be well served to follow other animals not just in this pratcice but in many aspects of parenting!!


While i'm not against eating the placenta (well i wouldn't but hey, what you put in your mouth is your business!) i do think there's no real NEED to these days. So long as a woman is well nourished, eating the placenta is going to give few benefits. By which i mean, there's point making a placenta sandwich if you really don't want to!! lol!



The animal side of it, there's also a theory that animals eat the placenta purely to hide the evidence so that predators can't sniff them out. :)

Amie - posted on 07/09/2009

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What Traci said.... and people say this is cultural. Which culture does this? Ick.

Ruth - posted on 07/08/2009

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I am indigenous to New Zealand, and while we don't eat the placenta, we do take it home and bury it. My son's was buried with his fathers at their family home, and my daughters was buried on my son (we lost our son 3 months before our daughter was born). We believe that, because it kept them alive for 9 months and it is part of the connection to the mother, where ever it is buried will always feel like home to the child. We gave our daughters afterbirth to our son because I believe if he had wanted to take us with him in the accident that took his life, he could have, and this way she will always go home and visit him.

Kate CP - posted on 07/08/2009

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Quoting Malinda:



Quoting Kate:




Quoting Heather:

this whole convo is nasty culture or no culture. bleck im glad i never had to see and hope to never see it. thanks god for tarps during c sections.







Dude, I just googled placenta. If you have a weak stomach I suggest you pass...but it's enlightening. :P










If you all think this is really *that* gross, please also never google to find out what is in:






Chicken Nuggets, Hot Dogs, Fast Food Hamburgers, gelatin, anything made by Taco Bell, really anything packaged, or lipstick. 





Nah, I don't get grossed out by much. But yea, chicken nuggets and hot dogs are creepy.

Carla - posted on 07/08/2009

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I know placenta is being used in beauty products..... but eating it so YIKES! Can't imagine humans eating placenta.

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Quoting Kate:



Quoting Heather:

this whole convo is nasty culture or no culture. bleck im glad i never had to see and hope to never see it. thanks god for tarps during c sections.





Dude, I just googled placenta. If you have a weak stomach I suggest you pass...but it's enlightening. :P






If you all think this is really *that* gross, please also never google to find out what is in:



Chicken Nuggets, Hot Dogs, Fast Food Hamburgers, gelatin, anything made by Taco Bell, really anything packaged, or lipstick. 

Kate CP - posted on 07/08/2009

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Quoting Heather:

this whole convo is nasty culture or no culture. bleck im glad i never had to see and hope to never see it. thanks god for tarps during c sections.


Dude, I just googled placenta. If you have a weak stomach I suggest you pass...but it's enlightening. :P

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