- 3 years ago
Um, no. The placenta clearly wanted out. It can stay out.
Um, no. The placenta clearly wanted out. It can stay out.
Itsnotme : ‘Research is neither here nor there’ – are you kidding me? You’re seriously discrediting the research? There’s a reason why no scientific studies have found benefits, but individuals claim it helps. It’s called the placebo effect. You’re better off taking a sugar pill than something that’s used to filter toxins from you and baby. To each their own – you eating a piece of your own body makes no difference to me, it’s just scary when people say they ignore the research.
I am pretty granola in a lot of my choices, but I don’t know about this one.
When I have my children, I will not be eating my placenta. It makes me feel like vomiting. I also don’t eat meat or fish. So I can’t imagine eating human body parts either.
CanadianBride456 : there has only been a handful of small studies one of which was on mice. Some found there to be no benefit some couldn’t give a definitive answer. There have been no large studies to discredit it, several midwives have come out to say they feel it’s beneficial. The studies really aren’t strong enough to give a no don’t do it your a moron for trying answer. I do believe in the placebo effect but I also don’t feel that it is as strong for every person as people’s reactions to taking the capsules seem to be.
It’s a very mixed subject and obviously brings out high emotions in people. I’m not saying I discredit the science I have read several of the studies that I could access one thing that did come out of the ones I read is there is no danger too it. As I said in my post considering my health history I am willing to try it due to the fact that A. It poses no health risks to me or the baby provided the encapsulation is performed properly and B. Many women and midwifes do believe it helps. Until someone can 100% say it doesn’t work or is dangerous then I will give it a go.
I will however say that I am something of a sceptic when it comes to pharmaceuticals due to the fact that I have what seems to be every reaction to every drug no matter how many times studies have shown the chances of someone having that reaction are .001%. That has pushed me to alternative therapies because well it was the only option (except hyperbaric oxygen therapy that one has the clinical studies to back it up and is my god send, well was I cant use it at the moment) so I’m probably in the hippy dippy placebo category of people. But until there is a large enough study on people to give a real no then I’ll try it. It’s hardly going to hurt. I understand some people find it revolting I did when I first heard about it (I mean eating something that came out your own body is disgusting) but for me the chances of any benefit no matter how small is worth it the risk of relapse for me is quite high and I really really do not want to be bed bound again with a new born! In the very least it is shown to be a high dose of easily absorbed iron due to the fact it is your own blood.
Mine stayed at the hospital. With no scientific data to back the benefits, it was way to much hassle to try to do it. The hospital in the UK where DS was born would not let you just leave with the plecenta in a box or something. Its considered medical waste so needs to be hadled and processed under very strict guidelines.
I thought the reason why animals eat the plecenta is to hide the scent on birth from predators in order to protect their newborn….Not because of the nutritional value?
MrsGo : That is my understanding as well. Animals eat the placenta to dispose of it, not because it is “nutritious.”
Itsnotme : I mean, menstrual blood is your own blood, too. But if I’m anemic I take an iron supplement paired with vitamin C, or I use my cast iron skillet more and eat iron-rich foods. I don’t drink my own blood. If you want to eat your placenta for any potential benefits from the placebo effect that is certainly your choice, but I think there are much better alternatives if you need to boost your iron levels…..
MrsAKSkier : that was just an example of the benefits obviously iron supplements are an option how ever iron supplements make me ill so not an option for me.
Jesus I’m going to bow out of this conversation and use the old hormones excuse because man are these replies making me pissed. Several people attack those considering it and then say “but each to their own” “but if you want too” it’s like saying I’m not racist but… You’ve already slagged the people off and tried your hardest to undermine them. The op is obviously pro placenta I’m not sure she needed four pages of people going eww gross, are you a moron for doing this, half the replies weren’t even answering her question of what will you do with yours.
Here is a recent article on it. The only real research I’ve found says that there are no known benefits that can be proven. They also warn against it if you had any kind of infection during pregnancy, meconium was produced by your baby, etc.
If post-partum depression is bad to the point of not being able to get out of bed, care for newborn, etc, one should strongly consider getting evidence-based help, therapy, find anti-depressants that work under a care of a doctor – not try some anecdotecal methods and attempt holistic self-help.
UK-bee : Yes. Sorry, but to me eating human wasteis gorss . And as article points out, animals do it not for nutritional benefits, but to mask the smell of newborn from predators. We as humans hopefully do not have predators smelling out and chasing after babies. But to each their own. If you want to eat your placenta, it is your choice.
Oh man. I’m pregnant and now I’m nauseous.
Itsnotme : You’re right, the placebo effect is a very real thing, and if it makes you feel better, and there’s no harm in it I say go for it. I don’t necessarily think there’s any real harm (but I know in my previous post it seems like that – I don’t write it very well), so I really am one of those people who really doesn’t care what you decide to do with your placenta – it doesn’t effect me at all. My PP came across a little more harshly than I meant, sorry! If you’ve tried more standard methods of care, and nothing seems to work, go for it. I was just taken aback when I thought you meant you didn’t believe the research, but after your last post it doesn’t seem to be the case. I see where you’re coming from.
I honestly regret taking a peek at it, I couldn’t unsee it. I told Darling Husband it looked like I gave birth to an alien. Come to think of it my twins are fraternal so I must’ve spit out two placentas…blecchhh.
I get that it’s supposed to be very healthy, and maybe I just haven’t done my research, but it’s not magic. Ya know what else is full of nutrients? Food. Readily avialable at the grocery store never expelled from my vagina food. But I have the utmost respect for the kind of iron stomach it’d take to eat the placenta, that’s hardcore. Maybe if Joe Rogan was paying me a million bucks to eat it in a box full of spiders circa the Fear Factor days I could make it work.
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