Raw, dried and crushed to be used in pills or smoothies, or turned in to a meal - the consumption of one's placenta has definitely gained traction over the years.
With very little research to either back up or refute the claims, leaving mostly anecdotes to go on, it's no wonder we're divided on it.
Does the thought of consuming your afterbirth make your stomach churn or are you all for it?
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18-05-2016 08:34 #1
Placentophagy - where do you stand?
18-05-2016 08:44 #2
I had it done after ds was born. I went with the TCM encapsulation method. after my emergency cs I feel it really helped with my recovery. most days I felt great and i have a wonderful milk supply. look it could all be coincidental so I'll never really know. but I am glad I did it. after the cs which really wasn't what I wanted, it was nice to have the encapsulation as part of my plan go well.
I also felt it was such a waste to throw my placenta away. it was what gave life to my ds for 9 months, if it could be recycled into something else to help me, why wouldn't I do it?
I fully recommend encapsulation to all ladies who are able to do it. I'll definitely be doing it again.
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18-05-2016 08:48 #3
I've never done it but it does intrigue me.
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18-05-2016 09:05 #6
Personally, it's not something I would choose to do. I was less than concerned with my placenta, which didn't function well enough to enable my DS to reach full term. Chuck it in the bin I say!
I am however, not in the least bothered what anyone else chooses to do with theirs. I don't think there's anything gross about having it encapsulated. Eating it in other forms is a little stomach churning to me, but once again if that's what a woman wants to do then go ahead.
18-05-2016 09:18 #7
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Mine had to be sent for pathology so not an option for me but I wouldn't have done it if it was an option. Just not my thing.
My placenta gave me severe preeclampsia and my poor 36 week baby was struggling along with a placenta the size of 25 week gestation so it's lucky she's alive at all. I think that thing would have poisoned me if I had ingested it!
18-05-2016 09:20 #9
It's not for me but I can definitely see why women do it. Anecdotally, it seems to work. I've seen the difference it has made in people I know with regard to PND. I would personally like to see some better double blind and peer reviewed research on benefits and risks before I personally ingest my own placenta. Not only that, but better regulation for its storage and preparation (especially if being prepared by anyone other than the woman who birthed it).
18-05-2016 09:23 #10
I'd take it in capsules if it wasn't a pain to organise or cost too much.
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