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Eating your afterbirth.

(21 Posts)
MamaBlue4 Thu 04-Apr-13 11:33:00

Is it just me? I have a friend who makes cord hearts and placenta tablets for friends.

I've done this will all my dc and their cord hearts are displayed in their shadow boxes. I can definitely notice the benefits.

Are there any mummies who do this?

doyouwantfrieswiththat Thu 04-Apr-13 11:34:38

nope, but at least you know what's in it....

KayleeKay Thu 04-Apr-13 11:44:19

I've heard of this but never fully understood the benefits of it. Could you explain? Also interested as to how they make it into tablets? I saw a part of a program once in which a woman made her placenta into a smoothie and drank it! Did not look appealing lol

fufflebum Thu 04-Apr-13 11:57:29

We planted DD in a pot with a maple when she was born- The plant died. Need I say more?!

Would you eat your period- same type of stuff your body disposes of? Cannot see nutritional benefits as surely the placenta has served it purpose and passed on nutrients by the time the baby is born?

MamaBlue4 Thu 04-Apr-13 12:07:14

kay Benefits differ but I noticed wasn't as tired, I felt more awake, I have low iron and the pills helped keep my levels stay up, I had a little more energy and just felt happy and I've heard it helps milk supply but I always produce loads so unable to tell. That'a just my experience.

There's two ways to do it the Chinese way in which you steam and can add herbs it or the red raw encapsulation, the method my friend uses me at my request and without herbs.

Here's a link to show processwww.cafemom.com/journals/read/1577334/Placenta_Encapsulation_Instructions_w_Pictures

Cavort Thu 04-Apr-13 12:13:00

Not a chance. It's probably better than a Rustlers burger though. grin

CityDweller Thu 04-Apr-13 12:19:39

I was seriously considering this and did a fair amount of research, to discover that there is no hard evidence to back up the benefits (no studies have been done), only anecdotal reports such as the op's. So I decided that the £150-200 it'd cost for placenta encapsulation would be better spent elsewhere.

Bunnylion Thu 04-Apr-13 12:26:50

My sister did the encapsulation and said it was to help reduce the chances of postnatal depression and to increase iron levels. She says she recovered physically and emotionally a lot quicker than with her first baby.

All other mammals eat it.

I'd like some strong evidence before I do it but am researching it as a possibility at the moment.

NoTeaForMe Thu 04-Apr-13 12:40:37

I don't really see how there's big benefits? The placenta feeds the baby, surely it's built to do that and once it's done there's little goodness left really? I think the placenta has a placebo effect!

When you say the cord hearts are displayed what do you mean?

CityDweller Thu 04-Apr-13 12:43:10

BunnyLion all other mammals do eat it, although one reason for this is to avoid attracting predators to the birth site. There are no human societies in which eating the placenta is traditional. this article is quite helpful...

QuietNinjaTardis Thu 04-Apr-13 12:58:37

I wouldn't want to do this but if its worked out well for you then great. What's a shadow box? And a cord heart?

ILikeToMoveItMoveIt Thu 04-Apr-13 13:08:43

You twist the cord into a heart shape and then it dries out and keeps the heart shape.

Does the placenta feed the baby or does the mothers blood pass through it?

I wouldn't say a placenta is anything like period stuff, period blood is womb lining isn't it?

I've known a Few people who have encapsulated their placenta and said they could tell its benefits. If you fancy it, do it.

MamaBlue4 Thu 04-Apr-13 13:10:06

A shadow box is like a display box on the wall with your dc keepsake ie hospital bracelet, scan photos. Kinda like a scrapbook page.

A cord heart is basically the cord dehydrated and shaped into a heart. My friend is a placenta specialist and does it for me or you can do it yourself.

I can see varied opinions but like I said it's different for everyone.

doyouwantfrieswiththat Thu 04-Apr-13 13:45:41

a placenta specialist?

MamaBlue4 Thu 04-Apr-13 13:59:46

dowhatyou placentabenefits.info/services.asp#specialists

babyradio Thu 04-Apr-13 14:17:22

doyouwantfrieswiththat - am I immature to lol at your username in the context of this thread?

Didn't really know this went on apart from the usual silly stereotypes of people frying up their placenta and it's quite interesting reading about it, each to their own etc. Won't be doing it myself like.

doyouwantfrieswiththat Thu 04-Apr-13 14:55:54

grin

polkadotsrock Thu 04-Apr-13 16:10:33

I was very angry at my placenta for refusing to come out so I simply never wanted to see it again!

harleyd Thu 04-Apr-13 16:19:18

doesnt appeal to me in the slightest

K8Middleton Thu 04-Apr-13 16:20:58

Bleugh.

MamaBlue4 Thu 04-Apr-13 19:45:28

It's not like you can taste it, it's a capsule you swallow with water haha, I don't see the big deal in eating it but I've always been a bit on the wild side and I've even had some saved for a smoothie too :D

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