placenta eating

Camille - posted on 10/21/2012 ( 43 moms have responded )

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After reading a previous post about this topic, although not thoroughly, I am surprised that so few women are open to the idea of eating the placenta you share with your newborn child. I ate mine (stir fried by my awesome midwife and her son) to replenish my iron levels after a heavy bleed in childbirth. It was a bit chewy, but I'd do it again if in the same situation, although would try to eat it raw instead. I recovered nicely, had plenty of milk, no PPD, good to go. I noticed very few responses from those who had tried this. Are there really so few of us out there?

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Paula - posted on 10/25/2012

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If you want to eat your placenta go for it! That is your choice and more power to you!



If there is truly nutritional value in it then it most likely would have to be consumed raw.



1. cooking it would denature the protein and destroy a lot of the supposedly nutritional aspects (you might as well just eat some steak and eggs)



2. encapsulating it would have the same effect.



If it is iron you need, how about a fresh leafy green veggie drink?

Momma - posted on 10/23/2012

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Barfing is a negative, to me. Thinking I am eating human parts, is a negative to me. I am a pretty healthy person, I don't need anymore iron or whatever else I'd be getting from eating a placenta.



Cecillia, tell me what is so beneficial, that a woman could not get from a more humane way? If others find eating their placenta humane, great. It isn't for me and not something I would consider "good".



~Meme

~♥Little Miss - posted on 10/23/2012

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The fact that you are eating your own placenta is enough of a negative for me. Like Dove said, it is like cannibalism to me. i am not going to take my insides out and eat them no matter the nutritional benefits. There is a reason our bodies push the placenta out and does not keep it in our bodies after we deliver our babies.. Really, if we needed that extra nutrition, our bodies would be made to re-absorb it. Not push it out.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 10/23/2012

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Cecillia, it is not that people don't see the benefits, but sometimes the benefits do not out weigh the negatives. Some people just would never consider eating their placenta as an option.

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PEOPLE HAVE BEEN EATING THE PLACENTA FROM THE BEGINNING OF TIME. Its not weird or gross. I didnt do it, but i didnt really think about it. Ive heard alot of people talk down about it too, but there really is nothing wrong with it. MOST animals eat it, and lets face it, we are animals. KOOODOOOS to you Camille, for making a birthplan and sticking to it! I saw mine and touched it, but thats about all.

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well, when faced with the fact that a lot of animals eat the placenta, like deer (to keep from alerting predators to the newborn), it doesn't seem SO weird, but.............no, it kind of disgusts me since i'm not big on blood or meat consumption. living in a first-world country, i don't find myself having to worry about my children being eaten because a predator caught the scent of their placenta.

Victoria - posted on 11/21/2012

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ewww. thats all i have to say... eww. but power to you if thats what you choose. it just makes my stomach turn... i shal replenish my iron another way :)

**Jackie** - posted on 11/02/2012

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Kristi, YIKES! Your poor daughter lol. Yeah, I honestly thought this was some kind of joke. I told my mom about this (who has been a nurse for over 30 years) and she has heard of it but said it's a "hippie trend just like those stupid mustaches on everything" lol. I don't know about all of that, I just know that it's disgusting.



I really really try to keep an open mind nowadays but I just can't with this. I still feel sick to my stomach.

Kristi - posted on 11/02/2012

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My daughter just walked into the room and stopped dead in her tracks, mid sentance and said Oh my God Mom, are you alright? What happened? Are you going to throw up? Just by the look on my face.



Jackie--I second you. I watched Criminal Minds last night and that "unsub" kidnapped a pregnant lady, gave her a C-section, scraped every last fiber of her placenta out and dropped her and the baby off at a hospital. I'd never heard of this until last night. Then I see this on here so I had to look. It is like a train wreck...horrible and in this case massively disgusting and imo, disturbed but you just can't look away. I'm hoping my breathing returns to normal soon. No, I'm not joking.

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"most mammals eat their placenta"

Yes, and most mammals lick their own arses. Doesn't mean that WE should......

**Jackie** - posted on 11/02/2012

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I'm going to throw up. I can't. I'm not sure why I even clicked onto this one. I guess I thought it was a halloween joke. COME ON. Can you imagine?



Doctor: "it's a girl!"

Mommy: "omg she's beautiful! now gimme that placenta!" NOM NOM NOM NOM

Lady Heather - posted on 10/31/2012

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I have to laugh at the freezer placenta. I can't judge. I had some rats die in the winter (yes, a lot - I had 17 all the same age so there was a mass die off when they got old) and I had to store their little rat corpses in the freezer until I could dig a hole. LOL.

Lady Heather - posted on 10/31/2012

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As was stated before, I don't think anyone of us really know why any mammal does anything and there are many possible reasons why they might do what they do. They also eat the weak ones so I guess we should all aim to be true mammals and consume our premature infants rather than provide medical attention? I mean, really. That's bizarre reasoning to me. But if that's what floats your boat, I guess that's cool.

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This is not a new fad - I've heard this talked about for many years.



I liked the real-mammal-like idea of it, but didn't do it myself.



I did bring home the placentas and put them in the freezer waiting for the right moment to bury them in a symbolic spot. The 2nd and 3rd time this took about a year to get around to, and lots of people were horrified by the thought that it had been in my freezer for all that time.



That didn't bother me though!

Jazmyne - posted on 10/30/2012

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I thought other animals ate their placenta to get rid of traces of recent birth which would make their child vulnerable to being eaten?

Tracy - posted on 10/30/2012

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Most (if not all?) mammals will eat their placenta. This leads me to believe there is some major benefit to it that society has lost as it moved away from our natural instincts. I would think it's a definite source of replenishment when there is a lack of food source (which would be for most mammals after birth due to pain...?) Maybe we tossed this aside because we are more social than many mammals and usually have a family system that can and would supply food to a new mother and child?



Overall, I am grossed out by it probably due to social conditioning more than any other reason but I tend to think "do we really have it so right when so many other mammals, who don't rely on social norms, do it differently?" So, society says I am grossed out by it but observations of nature says it's a good thing. If you can get past your social programming, and there are no proven downsides, then go for it!

Momma - posted on 10/30/2012

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There is no evidence that a placenta is good for you and not one doctor and/or scientist can tell you what is nutritious about it. They have theories but no proof. No data showing that it is beneficial.



Those that do or would, do realize that your babies wastes pass through the placenta, along with other "not so good" things, right?



A placenta is merely a mass that grows from the egg (and continues to grow with the baby) and it passes nutrients and wastes to and from your baby. No where does it say that these nutrients stay in the placenta.



Also, other animals eat their placenta for unknown reasons. No scientist knows why they do it. Some here, are making very "exact" statements when there is no proof. They are ALL theories. One theory is that they eat it because they are trying to clean up, so that predators do not smell a trace. Yes, another theory is so that they can retain nutrients. Last I checked we don't have to worry about predators (dingo's?) coming and eating our babies and "other" animals do NOT have the same access to excellent sources of iron and proteins, like we do. So, again, it is completely unnecessary for humans to partake in such an event.



For me, before I even think it could be healthy or helpful for any reason (and I would still never eat it), there needs to be some hard evidence. Not theories. Theories are just peoples (scientists/doctors) opinions and idea's. That is far from accurate, thorough, factual evidence. Some may be able to just believe what they read and/or hear, not me. I believe in science and it isn't science, until it is a proven fact.



Oh and as for Albert Einstein and his theory of relativity.... I don't know but you can research it and find a heck of a lot more proven data, than you can on eating your placenta. ;)



http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2011/m...



Also, not all scientists agree with his theory. Many have tried to disprove it....including University students. So, no, it is still a theory and it has also, not been proven.



~Meme

Lady Heather - posted on 10/29/2012

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Well personally I think spinach and beef are just as good sources of iron because they are also whole foods created by mother nature. Formula is man made and not really comparable to whole foods provided by the earth (not that I think formula is the devil - my first was formula fed and she's buttloads healthier than my breastfed baby). Other animals have a tendency to not waste any source of nutrition because other animals basically spend their whole lives seeking food. We don't operate that way. Do I know that eating your placenta isn't the absolute best thing you can do? Never read any studies on it so nope, I haven't the slightest clue. But I survived two childbirths with my health and sanity intact so I'm not much sure I see the point. I will concede that my first postnatal experience was temporarily difficult, but as I say - that placenta was really not fit for human consumption. And the hospital took it for analysis because it was so awful. LOL.

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I would never be able to do it because well obviously its very gross lol BUT I really wish I could! Saying that you can get the same nutrients in your placenta from other sources is like saying formula is as good as breast milk (ITS NOT!) Other animals (I say other because yes we are animals too) all eat their placentas. Why do you think that is? Because animals are gross? LOL. No, they do it because their instinct tells them that it will help their body and mind recover from child birth. I think it's blatantly obvious why this would be beneficial. And if you're one of those that are saying the benefits of eating your placenta are only theories, well so are lots of other things we consider to be true,such as Einsteins Theory of Relativity. Just because we don't have the means to prove 100% that something is true does not make it false.

Sherri - posted on 10/29/2012

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Yup I have never known anyone to do this and I never would either and haven't w/any of my 4 births. I find it kind of gross and highly weird.

Dove - posted on 10/29/2012

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I had a cat that ate her kitten... under my bed.... from the bottom up.... and the kitten was meowing as it was slowly being eaten to death.... and I still think eating your placenta is nasty and way too close to cannibalism.



Sorry to bring that visualization up, but it was very traumatic for me as a kid... yet it doesn't lessen the nastiness factor of this topic for me at all.

Elfrieda - posted on 10/28/2012

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I'm with Kathy... it's a little yucky, but I can see why some women might want to try it if they think it might be healthy for them in some way. Maybe because I watched kittens being born when I was a kid and the cat ate it so I got all my "WHAT? Oh, gross!" out of the way back then.



I didn't find my placenta disgusting. When it came out, I asked to see it and I touched it and it was cool, but seriously, I had my new baby on my chest and he was way more interesting.

Kathy - posted on 10/26/2012

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I read this that said most mammals eat their placentas….hmmm

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



I must admit, while I am a little icked out by it, I am surprised by how truly grossed out some of you are. I am not judging, everyone is entitled to their own feelings, just a little surprised.

Jazmyne - posted on 10/26/2012

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I think of it as this.. If it comes out of my vagina It is not for human consumption. Would you eat your period blood? After all it has iron. (That's how I would look at it, not trying to sound offensive to those that do)

Cass - posted on 10/26/2012

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There really are few of you out there. None of whom are or will ever be myself.



I have no doubt that the placenta is full of nutrients, and I also have no doubt that it`s full of toxins. I`m not interested, and I mean no offence by this but I`m repulsed. I am lucky enough to be able to afford an abundant variety of resources for nutrients, and I`ll stick with that method of nourishment for now. Eating my own placenta is unnecessary. The idea of eating flesh that has been growing inside my own body grosses me right out. But hey, if that sort of thing interests you, great, I`ll be open minded towards that - but that`s as far as I go.

Lady Heather - posted on 10/25/2012

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Just eww. Also my first placenta was rotten. Dead and rotten. I don't think that would have helped my mental state. Here - eat this piece of filthy rotting flesh. EAT IT.

Momma - posted on 10/24/2012

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Another thing to keep in mind is the placenta is NOT a part of the mother. It is created from the egg. So, it is a part of the baby and uses the mother to transfer nourishment. So, cannibalism most definitely does come to mind. I think Dove is on to something, there. ;)



Honestly, I don't care what anyone does with their babies placenta, either. However, for anyone to try and get me to believe that it is a "good" thing is never going to happen. I have researched it and as I have said, there are only theories. There is NO evidence that it helps with anything, we are at the top of the food chain, we can eat anything to get what our bodies need. We most definitely do not need to eat placenta's.



Would you eat a healthy piece of your flesh, for whatever theory some come up with?



IDK - I will wait to believe....when scientists can come up with exactly what nutrients and hormones are in the placenta that will give someone anything that is beneficial. People just saying they believe but have no actual facts, is far from enough for me to believe (even if it were all true, I would still never do it). I mean, if you want to get anything from it, it would have to be consumed immediately. Could you imagine? Mothers in the delivery room chowing down on their placenta's? Yeah. No.



~Meme

Kathy - posted on 10/24/2012

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I have not done it (and I kept two of my 3 placentas - buried both under trees:)



I do not care or judge what other people do with their placentas - and I don't really think it is gross - but I never saw the need to eat a placenta.



I have heard a rumour it helps with PPD. If I were prone to PPD and the rumour was true - I would eat it. Worth a shot. PPD is no fun. Likewise, if I decided it was the safest way to get iron/postpartum bleeding after a birth, I would do it.



So - long post made short: if my research showed that placenta eating was the safest and most effective way to deal with whatever issue I was having, I might do it. I could not eat it raw, though - I cannot eat raw meat without gagging.



Kathy

Katie - posted on 10/24/2012

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It is ridiculous Cecillia, it is just a "fad" and it will pass. I agree with Momma.

Momma - posted on 10/24/2012

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Cecillia - There is absolutely NO research proving that us humans benefit from eating our placenta. There are theories but no proven documentation.



Where we are humans and have a very wide range of healthy foods, there is honestly no value to eating our placenta. Some women do it because they want to recycle. Some do it because they believe the theories. Some do it because they are just "odd".



Animals do it because of unknown reasons but the theories are 1. To clean up any trail/scent of a new baby being born. 2. To get the nutrition (animals only have a certain variety of foods). 3. To help their mammary glands work faster.



Humans do not need to do any of the above. We can eat so many other things and in the most part, we are not iron and/or protein deficient. If we are, due to birthing, well there are pills for that and/or foods high in iron and/or protein. ;)



~Meme

Jazmyne - posted on 10/23/2012

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I have a sparked interest. Even though the thought makes me ill, what are these benefits that you speak of? I read the ones in the OP, however, I don't see how eating a peice of flesh can enhance your milk production or safeguard agains ppd? Please, explain.

Cecillia - posted on 10/23/2012

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"Argh, gross new "trend" that some women think they need to do to be a "better" Mum; "I'm such a natural Mother, I ate my placenta", as if that makes you a better Mum! Yuck! No thanks...."



No offence, but that is the most ridiculous thing I've ever read. Eating your placenta has nothing to do with being a better or more natural mom. The moms that do eat it have researched information and the benefits of it and have made an informed decision. I'm not even sure why you would make such a comment.

Katie - posted on 10/23/2012

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Argh, gross new "trend" that some women think they need to do to be a "better" Mum; "I'm such a natural Mother, I ate my placenta", as if that makes you a better Mum! Yuck! No thanks....

Jazmyne - posted on 10/23/2012

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To be honest I have never even heard of this. No offence, but I would have to agree with the other ladies... This new thought makes me ill.

Cecillia - posted on 10/23/2012

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I can understand people would never consider it, but may I ask what negatives you're talking about?

Cecillia - posted on 10/22/2012

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It's sad to me that so many people don't see the benefits of eating the placenta...there's a lot! Personally I know I could never eat it like you did (good on you though lol!), but with my next baby I definitely plan on encapsulating it and then taking it :)

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if you can eat it good for you but i saw my placenta when they took it out and i just don't think i would be able to eat that, no matter how it was cooked. the way it looks just completely ruins it for me and i'd probably gag or throw it up.

Momma - posted on 10/21/2012

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Yeah, I am with LMCBW. Just the thought makes me ill. It is not something I would ever consider....like NEVER. To each is own, there. YUCK! Honestly, I cannot fathom how anyone could or would want to do this. If you are low on iron after giving birth, well eat a steak or beans or something that is "normal" to eat! Or take some iron supplements.



I think you have seen very few replies in this and the other post you speak of because most people would be appalled and the thought would never cross their mind.



No thanks, this is a definite pass for me. ;)



~Meme

~♥Little Miss - posted on 10/21/2012

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Um yeah....no thank you. I did see a pic someone posted on facebook where a women had a picture made out of the placenta placed on paper...like it was pressed. But frankly I find eating it completely disgusting. Actually i am not even sure that is a strong enough word. Just reading your post and thinking about it is making me gag. Your newborn child didn't EAT it, it was supplying nutrition directly into your child stomach. I have heard of women doing it, but i will be the first on this thread to say, I would never be willing to try it. Hell, I would not even think about it. For me, it is an automatic no.

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