(Closed) What are your plans for the placenta?

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 61
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I plan on having the hospital dispose of the medical waste. 

Only reasonable option in this thread that was interesting was the planting it under a tree. I still would not do it myself, but that is kind of cool! 

Anything that involves ingestion is just too out there for me and as others have stated, not much of anything to back up the benefits. 

Post # 62
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Bee Keeper

solnishko1186 :  I don’t know if all of that comment was for me. Just to clarify I said I don’t know what I’d do, nor did I engage in the other animals eating theirs for protection from predators purposes argument, (but interestingly know I’ve looked more in to the whole topic it seems something that carnivores do even when they are top of the food chain in their environment so that doesn’t all add up but anyway that’s a side point). My point was merely to say it’s funny how people get freaked about ingesting something from humans (meat or milk or whatever) but chow down on lactations and muscle mass of other animals without a blink. Point being its cultural norms. Not what it actually consists of. 

Post # 64
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I plan on using it in the garden and planting something over it.

I’m not opposed to eating it but the data just isn’t there to support it. Many Dr’s believe it could be harmful as the placenta filters out so much during those 9 months. 

Post # 66
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Worker bee

I thought a lot about it, I’m prone to PPD as well, and have decided to dispose of it at hospital. The research on benefits just wasn’t strong enough (in the U.S. or in other countries), and the risks are still unknown. The placenta is designed to filter out toxins from your baby, so I’m concerned that then I would be ingesting those very toxins. If you do choose to keep and use it, most recommend either raw or dehydrating at low temperatures to maintain the nutrients. 

Also agreed on the animal argument – many animals eat it to dispose of any sign of a baby (for fear of preditors), we don’t know if they also get health benefits or not. 

I’m going to take the $300 or so that I would have used for the encapsulation and put it towards accupuncture/massages/yoga classes – things that I know have scientific evidence of impacting mood and that I love to do. 

Post # 67
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

whitums :  LMAO omg I just died.

I soooooo badly want to hear the follow up to this story AFTER the OP has actually given birth and realizes that placenta smoothies is a pretty starry eyed idea. I ate granola bars from my pockets for the first 3 weeks. If we had taken the placenta home there’s a very good chance it would have sat with the rest of the food going bad in the refrigerator and at some point my husband would have said ‘sh*t we need to eat this or it’s gonna turn.”

Seriously please OP – I am BEGGING you to come back and tell us how this went.

Post # 68
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Helper bee

Just seems cannibalistic to do anything other than leave it in the hospital to me.

Post # 69
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

I pushed mine out.  That was enough.  The thing was massive. I could have fed a family of four! 

I did have the most hilarious conversation with my chiro about how to dispose of the placenta after a home birth.  (They went for a hospital birth…)

Post # 70
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Sugar bee

For those saying it shouldn’t be eaten because it filters waste I’m just wondering how this compares to things like liver and kidneys (not human haha) which do the same and are eaten widely and are nutrient dense? I don’t have an opinion and don’t even know if I’ll have kids. Just curious

Post # 71
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - DD born 2015 DS born 2017

solnishko1186 :  The placenta is very much an organ, I don’t know why you said it isn’t.

I asked to see my placenta right after it came out of me and how much it weighed (500g). I thought it was cool that that organ was what connected me and my baby, and it was what nourished my baby and filtered our blood separately.

Then I let them throw it away. I am aware of the possible benefits but I decided it’s not for me. Props to those who do though! While I considered myself high risk for ppd giving birth in a foreign country with no family near me and a history of depression I lucked out and had no baby blues (though I admit I had some bonding issues). I pin my lack of depression down to a longer hospital stay which is normal in this country, successful breastfeeding, co-sleeping and not being away from my baby at all, lots of skin on skin, a supportive husband and eating a VERY healthful diet (rice, fish, beans, green vegetables). 

Post # 72
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - DD born 2015 DS born 2017

801wife :  How is it cannibalistic? Cannibalism involves eating another human being’s parts. I’m sure many women here have swallowed semen, which is surely more cannibalistic! Plus I bet you’ve eaten your own fingernails, chewed the inside of your mouth and accidentally eaten your own hairs in your food. I don’t see the problem. I’ll admit the placent is pretty gross looking (I saw my own) but so are animal parts in the abatoir before being served up more presentably on a dish.

Post # 73
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2017 - Poppy Ridge Golf Course

MrsYoshida :  A placenta is by definition an organ and I have not seen it referred otherwise. The act of cannibalism is eating human organs or flesh. This is not even close to any of the scenarios you stated above. Semen itself is neither an organ nor human flesh. I’ve known people who had a habit of chewing fingernails but not eating them (very odd to sit around eating these like Scooby snacks but ok) still these are also neither organs or flesh. Absentmindedly gnawing on the inside of ones mouth is NOT the same as carving out a slice of ones mouth for consumption and I’m pretty sure most people would be fairly grossed out by finding a hair in their food so that also doesn’t apply. Eating a placenta is in fact a premeditated act of cannibalism. An act that appears to have no documented health benefits but has been known to be harmful. I’m all for everyone being free to choose what they like, regardless of how gross I may personally feel about it, but lets cut the sh*t and call a spade a spade. Its cannibalism. 

Post # 74
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Helper bee

MrsYoshida :  Well, you’d be eating an actual human organ. That is just something I can’t do. No judgement to anyone who feels the urge to consume it, but I won’t be joining that club.

 

ETA: Yes to everything stated above.

Post # 75
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Sugar Beekeeper

Yeah, no. 

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