The other day I was reading some posts on a What to Expect pregnancy forum. A woman posted that her birthing center was sending her placenta home with her –on ice. She wanted to know what she was supposed to do with it.
I was really surprised by the responses she got as many women had an idea of what she should do with her placenta. I am wondering if you would be surprised, too.
Did you know some people eat their placentas? I don’t mean to offend anyone who has ever eaten their own placenta but when I picture eating a placenta a scene from Dancing With Wolves comes to mind. It’s the scene where the Native Americans kill a buffalo and then cut the heart out and eat it. I just remember blood dripping out of the Native American’s hand and blood getting smeared all over his face. Thinking about this is making my stomach churn even now.
So why would someone want to eat their own placenta? Well, apparently it is an excellent way to restore the vitamins, minerals and hormones back to your body. It is believed to help fight off post partum depression and create a quicker return to ‘normal.’
Some women suggested cutting it up, freezing it and putting chunks of it in a smoothie daily. Other women recommended having it encapsulated. For encapsulation the placenta is dehydrated, ground up and then put into pill form. You can also look up recipes online for cooking a placenta.
While I found all of this information fascinating, I personally couldn’t find enough scientific research to make me want to eat my baby’s placenta. But what about you, would you eat your child’s placenta?