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In many cultures, after giving birth a mother eats her placenta, sometimes sharing it with other members of her family. Many women in Australia and other English speaking countries have recently taken up this practice because the placenta is supposed to contain hormones which help stave off the effects of postnatal depression. It may be eaten raw or cooked or dried and made into capsules.

Would you do it?

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I do not think there is anything wrong with eating it, but I think I would personally be a bit too squeamish to do so myself. I definitely don't like the idea of other people eating it.
While the idea sounds a bit gross, placenta is actually very good for your body. Just make sure that it is safe to eat (a.k.a. no medication prior to the birth, sanitary issues, etc.)
No way! I can't see how eating something that my body has extracted would be any good for me!
The idea is that if it's good enough for your baby, it's good enough for you.
by annep
Annep....when baby feeding through placenta, it was in a STERILE environment, but once exposed to air, no longer. So you wouldn't know what germs are then present. To each her own, but not for me whatsoever!
by donjo
I did eat part of one of mine, in the hope that it would help me deal with stuff after the birth. Having a newborn is exhausting and I was willing to try anything that might help. I don't normally eat meat of any sort so it really grossed me out but I had it cut into chunks and frozen then swallowed them like pills (one at a time over the next week or two) so that I couldn't taste it. Encapsulation sounds less gross too, but expensive and I would think you might lose some of the good stuff out of it.

It's not for everybody, and some people wouldn't be able to do it even if they wanted to. I don't know what effects it has if you have drugs during the labour and whether they might make it unsuitable for eating.
I did eat part of one of mine, in the hope that it would help me deal with stuff after the birth. Having a newborn is exhausting and I was willing to try anything that might help. I don't normally eat meat of any sort so it really grossed me out but I had it cut into chunks and frozen then swallowed them like pills (one at a time over the next week or two) so that I couldn't taste it. Encapsulation sounds less gross too, but expensive and I would think you might lose some of the good stuff out of it.

It's not for everybody, and some people wouldn't be able to do it even if they wanted to. I don't know what effects it has if you have drugs during the labour and whether they might make it unsuitable for eating.
Jebus, why not have a liver and kidney fricassee. Revolting.
by fran.
I gather some people do eat liver and kidney. Not for me, as a vegetarian, but no animals died for me to do whatever I liked with my own placenta. No need to be rude.
A opinion was stated, by fran, just like you constantly do, Jennifer.
It wasn't rude at all, IMO. I fact I thought it was very good example of 'gallows humour'!
by donjo
Name calling is rude, full stop.
Not sure on this one. Probably not, even though there is nothing wrong either way.
The best use for a placenta is to use it as fertiliser under the tree you plant to celebrate a new arrival.
After seeing mine delivered there was no way I would have been able to eat it but I can understand the benefits involved. Perhaps having it in capsule form would be the easiest way to consume it.
We made a small portion of my daughter's placenta into a unique homeopathic remedy just for her (which now sits in the cupboard for emergencies) and like Jennifer, I ate small bits of it frozen to replenish nutrients and blood lost during child birth. It did not taste bad at all and I felt much better for it (helped with milk supply too).
by Lucy
who thought of doing it in the first place! Was the person hungry, was it the kind of person who hates throwing things away, or perhaps the person who would wash it down with a nice Chanti?
Gold!
by donjo
Yup! I had mine dried and encapsulated for my first born and am planning on cubing, freezing, and eating my next one (due any day now). I have a history of depression and really want to avoid postnatal depression. I had no problems after my first, so I am willing to try it again. Besides, humans are the only mammals who don't routinely eat their placentas...seems like something we ought to be doing!
It would gross me out, so I would say NO for myself, even if it had health benefits. I didn't eat it yet was able to function rather well and recovered quickly.

Nope - makes me want to hurl....
NOOOOOO. Thats gross
by Gia
'Oh, BTW Doctor, can I have the placenta in a 'doggie bag' to go?'

The mind boggles at the grossness of this!
IMO, total eeeewww to nth degree.

But to each, her own...........
I don't know anyone that would or could do this. I was craving a bit of fruit cake and a cup of tea after birthing my baby. Jeebus, people these days are crazy. They are simply not busy enough. Not enough to worry about. Not enough work to keep them focused on the baby and the housework and the visits to baby/child welfare clinics, and feeding the baby.
I consider them sick bast---- !
Just
by fran.
Fran, people do it in the hope of preventing post natal depression, which is hardly a case of not having enough to worry about, rather too much.
What a load of c@&$, Jennifer!
Just goes to show how really ignorant, & 'wacky'
some people really are.

IF it was a cure for PND, doctors' would instruct people to do so.
by donjo
It's recommended by some midwives. I do not know whether the science is solid or not, I simply explained why it is practised. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_placentophagy

Once again you have apparently come here to pick a fight. Whatever. I have better things to do.
Your perception is wrong, yet again.
If you really thought that, why the reply, with all the info? Strange!
by donjo
It's just a wiki link, lol.
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