Post # 1
I would never in a million years have thought that this is something that I would be interested in, but after learning about it …. I think I might be.
I was listening to an episode of Pregtastic last night and they were talking about “Placenta Encapsulation”. How you can hire someone who can take you placenta, dry it, turn it into a powder and put it in capsules.
They said that it can be great for your health. It can help to fight the “baby blues” that happen because of the hormone changes. It can help your milk come in and can help with healing overall.
I thought I would be so grossed out, but after hearing that it can be turned into a nice clean power and put into pills…….and all the health benefits…I am actually considering it.
Have any of you done this before?
Post # 3
Whoa! I’d never heard of this but I can’t imagine I would ever do it. Is it something you only take post-pardum or is it a daily vitamin type of deal?
Post # 4
Never heard of it, but in all honesty? This idea totally grosses me out. Who would have even thought of this to begin with and why?
Post # 5
@firsttimemom: It’s only for a little bit after the baby is born
@MissGreen: I’m not sure….but I know that in other cultures it is very common to eat it. I know! Sooooo gross!!! But when I heard about all the benefits….and how “clean” it could be with the pills……I wonder if it really does do all the amazing things that the people were saying, cause it sounds pretty amazing
Post # 6
OMG I just found out about this the other day…in a really gross way. I was trying to find out how to dehydrate pineapple, and instead found detailed description and pictures on how to make placenta caplets. Eww it was a bit much. If I talked to a doctor about it and they HIGHLY recommended it, I MIGHT consider it. Those pics really freaked me out though
Post # 7
I don’t eat anything else that comes out of my body and I’m not likely to start there.
Post # 8
@spraguebride: I listened to that podcast too! I had my daughter in January and we left the placenta at the hospital. I was hit hard with the baby blues. Typically it’s supposed to start after the 3rd day and I got it on day 2. I felt horrible and really anxious. If I ever have another child I would definately consider placenta encapsulation. It’s in pill form so as long as it doesn’t have a bad taste I don’t see the harm. I don’t think it would be a good idea to do it if you went really overdue because the placenta starts to degrade.
Post # 9
@spraguebride: Oh my God, I watched an episode of Real Sex on HBO one time, and literally people were eating placenta. Like people in OUR culture. Cooking it in a skillet and then serving it up on crackers like pate to all their friends. That is the first thing I thought of when reading the title of this post.
Post # 10
My mum told me once that a woman in her mothers group made placenta jerky and brought it in on a plate to share. Ew!!
I wouldn’t eat someone elses placenta, but I’d be open to eating my own. Capsules sound more appealing than like, a placenta sandwich or something.
Post # 11
@Roux: “Placenta Sandwich”
BLECH! I just shivered all over.
Post # 12
This thread is making my day.
Lots of people eat and/or save the placenta. I have a cousin who plants a tree over the placenta of each of her kids. It’s really nourishing for the tree and they’re pretty nice trees now. 🙂
I would consider this open. Much less gross factor than taking it home and figuring out what to do with it! And lots and lots of nutrients. Lots of animals eat their placenta to help with pregnancy recovery, too.
Post # 13
@Mrs.tobe: lol! add some mayo, a bit of salt and pepper, its all good. 😛
I just looked up the process of placenta encapsulation, it doesn’t look too hard to do yourself. Although with a newborn it might be hard to find the time.
Post # 14
I agree that the “plant the tree over the placenta” sounds like the most pleasant of these options to me (though we plan to leave ours in the care of the biohazardous material disposal folks at the hospital), but I’m pretty sure my dog would dig it up and eat it. Although if it makes him less nervous and anxious starting a few days after the baby is born, maybe that’s not such a bad idea…
Post # 15
@julies1949: Hahaha! Well put!
I think planting a tree is WAY different than consuming it…PASS! Besides anything like that is going to “nourish” a tree because of the decomposition, like planting a tree over your appendix once it’s been removed.
Personally, I’ll leave removed “parts” at the hospital. But to each her own.
Post # 16
This sounds like speculative medicine to me. Has this been scientifically and medically proven? As in, legitimate research published in medical journals, not just “lab proven” by the company? Natural supplements make a lot of claims that are never substantiated by actual peer-reviewed science, which makes them biased, unregulated, and quite often – fraudulent. Definitely check out the sources!