I was watching a parenting show a few days back and one of the mom's on the show had a home business preparing placenta for eating, from making smoothies to pills the mother could take as needed. The claims are at times a little hard to believe but at others reasonable, it containing iron and protein (both of which can drop dramatically after birth). Having grown up on a farm I know our animals ate the placenta after child birth, tho I as a kid found it totally disgusting. The thing is, it wouldn't surprise me if mother nature has given us a great 'package' to help mother and baby be healthier that us humans completely ignore (it would be typical of us LOL). So I guess I am wondering if others have heard about this, what do you think/feel about it? Disgusting? Irrelevant? Invaluable? Indifferent?
I watched a documentary some years ago about women who eat the placenta. one women fried hers with onions and garlic. I have no doubt that they're packed with nutrition, but I just couldn't bring myself to eat my placenta I'm afraid. Good luck to anyone who has the stomach for it, though.
Except in the case of women who don't live they'd otherwise absolutely starve to death), it's pretty neurotically self-absorbed (kind of a pun type of thing there) to eat that for any nutrients. a) It's not like it's going to be available indefinitely and could be relied on forever (so, really, what's the point?), b) there are ways to get nutrients without doing something that gross, c) the world has had plenty of women who live to past their nineties without ever having eaten a placenta (which would suggest we can live to a long life without doing that), and d) there are a lot of people who are just too obsessed with the whole elements-of-childbirth thing, and who pay far too little to the whole child-development/baby's needs thing for it not to be a sign that they have some "issues".
As far as the animals-eating-stuff thing goes, animals have been known to eat their own vomit (and worse), as well as the vomit (and worse) of other animals. Just because animals do something it doesn't mean we ought to. (Call me "judgmental".) I think Nature gave us the brains that got us past a whole lot of (certainly not all) animal behavior. No point returning to some of it now.
It is totally normal to eat placenta in most parts of the world where it is also normal to eat the parts of animals that we turn our noses up at in the so-called developed world - although of course we get fed them anyway in sausages and other processed foods.
In China it is highly regarded as having many nutrients that are otherwise hard to get, and good for the immune system.
I personally would not touch it with a barge pole, any more than I would eat chicken feet that the missus is crunching on as I write !
The fact that I currently have a placenta mixed with it being before noon has just ensure that there will be no breakfast for me this morning... maybe no lunch either. And a smoothie is damn sure out of the question.
Ahh, a little playmate for baby number 1. Don't worry about the tubs, it can't be that bad or only one man would have followed through with it. Congrats anyway, you'll have to post some pics. Not of the tubs, the baby! Just for clarification.
The first few months are always rotten IMO. Just think though, new play mate for LIlly. Instead of Mom having to provide all the attention she'll have a new little brother or sister to get into mischief with. There are advantages.
You knocked up too then? I have been trying for over 3 years and while my doctors appt is friday I am still getting excited (I know I shouldn't, at least until I see a doctor and make sure its not a chemical 'fake' pregnancy or anything) I am finding there are a lot of weird sounding things that parents do and not always sure what to make of it all
My friend made her placenta into pills and she didn't suffer any postpartum depression and had a lot more energy after the birth of her second child than she did with her first. It worked wonders for her, however I don't think it's right for everyone. Others prefer to use medical help rather than all natural supplements. I on the other hand don't think I could bring myself to consume my placenta.
I had SO much energy after the birth of my second child. And that was without eating the placenta. I think second pregnancies are much more draining because you've got another child to care for and you're usually bigger, too.
The lady on the show I watched made the pills and claimed it helped with energy, preventing the depression etc. She even went so far as to saying that the pills could help with as much as menopause, that seemed like quite a claim!
I do remember hearing years ago that some rich women were able to have the umbilical cord frozen and that the stem cells in it could then be used if the child ever fell ill and needed their own stem cells. That seemed interesting and the recent show with women eating their placenta sorta reminded me of that older story.
Kirsten, collecting and storing the cord blood is becoming quite a common practice. What they don't tell you is that doing so reduces the natural iron and blood that baby is meant to receive from the placenta: