Eating your placenta?

Katarina - posted on 05/11/2010 ( 56 moms have responded )

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A mom posted this in another community and I figured this may be a good place for it.



This mom had eaten hers(or her babies depending on which way you look at it) to prevent post partum depression among many other reason. She encapsulated hers(had it dried and put into capsuls)



http://www.squidoo.com/eat-human-placent...



It's a fairly long article but easy to skim.



After reading and researching after the original post I'm still unsure how to feel about this. I understand the logic behind it but I don't think I could bring myself to do it.



Benefits:



-Quicker involution of the uterus after child birth, prostogladin present in placenta

-increase milk supply

-Increase in energy post birth

-Contains your own hormones and if frozen, can be used later on during menopause (If handled properly)

-can help raise low iron levels post partum



Thoughts?

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Heather - posted on 05/16/2010

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All I could think about as I read about this is..."I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti" from Silence of the Lambs...lol

I think as gross as it seems, I would take it if it were encapsulated, I also had PPD, and I never want to feel that way again...so if it works, I am all for it.

Charlie - posted on 05/16/2010

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"The whole burying it under a tree thing is so not my style. "

It's customary for Tongans to bury their placenta under a tree , i didn't get to last time because i was in the city in apartment buildings but i would like to this time :D

Emma - posted on 05/15/2010

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Scientology is no more whacked out than any other religion, you believe in it or you don't.
I believe in the flying spaghetti monster and im totally sane....;-) lol

Johnny - posted on 05/14/2010

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Sure, with some onions & a nice Chianti (I know, I know, the joke is overused). I really can not imagine many things that would be likely to make me gag more than trying to eat my own placenta. Perhaps encapsulated, it would be fine, but raw, no thanks. I have no issues with people doing it, but definitely not for this kid. My doula offered to do the encapsulation for me and I turned her down. But I might give it a whirl next time. The whole burying it under a tree thing is so not my style. And I think my husband would seriously consider leaving if I tried to make him help me. I was happy to have mine go off to the hospital incinerator. I'm a bit of a hippie but not that hippie.

Celia - posted on 05/14/2010

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yuck! I would not ever eat my placenta! My doctor actually asked me if I would because I am kind of a hippie at heart but yuck.. no thanx! We were planning on burying it under a tree (no not with the ceremony, thats just weird. I just thought it strange to have my placenta cremated with the other discarded body parts :p) But in the stress of an emergency c-section the placenta was forgotten :D

Katarina - posted on 05/14/2010

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Good Point Loureen!!! Didn't Tom Cruise make a public attack against Brooke Shields for this?

Charlie - posted on 05/14/2010

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Why would scientolgists eat their placenta for PPD if they dont even believe depression or mental illness even exists ???

Katarina - posted on 05/14/2010

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Of course in the US. The celebrity capital! But it is interesting to know, thanks Joanna. It's my useless information for the day. I'll store it!

Joanna - posted on 05/14/2010

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I just did some reading on Wiki and it said Scientology is a legally recognized religion in the USA, but not in some countries like the UK, Germany, and France. Interesting to know.

Katarina - posted on 05/14/2010

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interesting. I don't know anything about it other then what you hear in celebrity news and that there is a church or w/e downtown

Emma - posted on 05/14/2010

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I thought Scientology was no longer considered a cult but a religion now days.
Sorry of topic was just wondering.

Izelle - posted on 05/14/2010

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There's a "cult" called Scientology where a woman has to eat her placenta after birth, it's to help with PPD and the flow of milk. Go look it up...

Katarina - posted on 05/13/2010

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I looked into the benefits of it further and cost depending I am thinking about encapsulating(sp) it after my next baby. I suffered from Anemia during my first pregnancy and still suffer from it. I could used the added energy to and I have a history of depression, so all of those things are making me consider it. But who knows, I may feel completely disgusted at the thought of it once I become pregnant!

Suzette - posted on 05/13/2010

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I agree, we are like animals, evolved as Sharon said. I like doing certain things like animals... lol. Eating of my own flesh is definitely NOT one of them. BLECH. Especially after the way that Lea described it... that just made me want to puke up my dinner... EEEEWWWW.

Sharon - posted on 05/13/2010

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Oh yes, agree with Loureen. We are animals. Evolved yes, but still animals.

Charlie - posted on 05/13/2010

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Only our egos say we aren't animals , biologically and by definition we are !

Sharon - posted on 05/13/2010

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I'm not sure I could eat it, fried it up or anything... but after seeing how some women suffered a lot more than I did from PPD, I'd be willing to try it to stave it off. Uh in the encapsulated form.

Joanna - posted on 05/13/2010

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Ah, the cannibalism debate... here's the dictionary result for cannibalism: "the eating of the flesh of an animal by another animal of the same kind."

So, is it cannibalism if it's eating your OWN flesh? And Christina I just looked at your post again and kind of giggled at the coincidence of your wording vs. the wording of the Webster definition.

C. - posted on 05/13/2010

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That's disgusting.. My husband was about to throw up when I told him about it.. Pills or no pills, that's cannibalism. Plain and simple.



(IMO) And I don't believe we are 'animals'. We are humans, mammals, but not animals. I don't believe we are related to animals, either.. But that's another conversation.

Jocelyn - posted on 05/13/2010

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There is no way I could eat it. If I wasn't a vegetarian I do think I probably have taken it in capsule form. I never thought about using it as fertilizer; would have totally used it for that! My plants need all the help they can get :( lol

Charlie - posted on 05/12/2010

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We are one of the very few animals that dont eat it , maybe we are the idiots ?

Lea - posted on 05/12/2010

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I'm a pretty scientifically minded person and they showed me mine after I gave birth. I couldn't help but be grossed out. It was huge! And purple and looked like a million periods. So what does it taste like? I don't see how anyone could eat it. I could never eat my period blood how could I possibly eat this. Maybe if I was starving and for survival.

Emma - posted on 05/12/2010

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Well i was offered mine and i said no thanks .... but it dose make sense we are animals after all and most animals eat the afterbirth.

Nikki - posted on 05/12/2010

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I can't watch it, I have trouble even reading this post it grosses me out so much. Eeeww yuck! I don't care how many benefits there are, no way.

?? - posted on 05/11/2010

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When my son was born I hadn't even thought of the placenta and the doctor took my sons father away from us (literally minutes after giving birth) to show him the placenta and explain what it was and what it did, he listened intently and nodded his head and then he said something along the lines of "this is all well and good, but you see that (pointed to me and our son), that's what I'm here to see... not... this... (pointed at the placenta) thanks though!" and came back over to us and whispered "That nearly made me barf, I never want to smell that smell ever again..."

Maggie - posted on 05/11/2010

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eeeek yeah, no thanks. but i guess if it helps people.
my family has a history of planting the placenta with a tree ... as a first birthday ritual. the tree then grows with the child.

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I posted about this on an earlier topic. It's called "Placentophagy" and apparently lots of mammals, including maby humans, practice is. I believe it has all sorts of goodies, but you wouldn't get me eating it!

Joanna - posted on 05/11/2010

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Ahh, my favorite topic! :) I even started a topic about it on Welcome to Circle of Moms a couple months ago, it was so interesting to see the responses!

I was initially grossed out when I heard about this. But after doing research, I decided to do placenta encapsulation, where a doula takes the placenta and dries it, then crushes it up into pills. As stated there are so many benefits, the two I'm most interested in is increase in energy and help with battling PPD (which I get pretty badly). I am also hoping to breastfeed this time so an increase in milk supply could be good, however some people argue that ingesting too much placenta can hinder (sorry if that's not the right word) the milk supply. I am very excited to try this out! But I don't think I could EVER eat it... it's compared to eating liver, which I absolutely HATE!

Katarina - posted on 05/11/2010

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lol! I asked my husband about a vegetable garden, he said "I don't think so, it's decomposing waste, you'd have to mash it up or something"

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Carolee, my husband mentioned this week that we wants to buy coyote urine to keep cats out of our garden. And then he freaks out about a placenta...lol!

Katarina - posted on 05/11/2010

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Suzette, a name and burial is a little odd, lol. I was asking my husband about it and he seemed interested and wanted to watch the video, but then the Canucks game came back on!

Carolee - posted on 05/11/2010

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Blood will actually keep animals that typically dig in a garden away. It's a good idea to use it for that.

Suzette - posted on 05/11/2010

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On a side note, I know a woman who wanted to see hers, give it a name, and a proper burial. (if I remember the burial part correctly anyway.)

Suzette - posted on 05/11/2010

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I just told my husband, "You know there are women who eat their placentas?" His response, "Um, ewwww." LOL!

I don't care what the benefits are, that's just nasty!

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ahhh they had a placenta eating party!!!

I would actually be interested in using it as fertilizer in our vegetable garden. I mentioned that to my husband just now and he said, "NO WAY!!"

I think I'll at least ask my doc if I could see it.

Katarina - posted on 05/11/2010

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My aunt planted a tree after she had her son. I don't see anything wrong with that

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