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Placenta eating - can I just chuck a frozen lump into a smoothie?

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GingerbreadPudding Tue 23-Dec-14 08:47:41

Looking into benefits of placenta encapsulation and I'm wondering if it might be possible and more beneficial to chop placenta into chunks, pop in freezer and whizz a chunk up in some shop-bought smoothie to drink every day?

I'm giving placenta printing and dried umbilical cord heart decorations a miss though....

MrsLovell Tue 23-Dec-14 09:32:20

There are no more benefits to eating placenta than you would get from eating a nice piece of steak, with all the good nutrition we get these days I don't believe that there is a compelling reason to do this. But if you are dead set on it PLEASE make sure that you placenta is kept chilled in a fridge within an hour of delivery and frozen within 24 hours and if you can't do this give up on it. Your placenta will get covered in bacteria as soon as it is delivered and if you happen to have bowel movement during birth as many women do, faecal bacteria to boot. These bacteria will immediately start to multiply in the nutritious and warm placenta material and if it isn't chilled quickly they will be very harmful and are not killed by freezing, which you will make you very very ill when you eat it raw.

ArgyMargy Tue 23-Dec-14 09:37:12

Way to rain on someone's parade, MrsLovell!

vanessalightyear Tue 23-Dec-14 09:45:15

An I just say this thread title is making me vommy every time I scroll past it. As you were...

Ubik1 Tue 23-Dec-14 09:51:04



Ubik1 Tue 23-Dec-14 09:51:50

"Faecal bacteria"


TheScenicRoute Tue 23-Dec-14 10:31:48

Each to their own, you are very brave. Good luck. The most I would consider doing with mine is burying under a vine tree, but it's the wrong time of year for that so into the clinical waste bin for me!

Roseformeplease Tue 23-Dec-14 10:36:52

There was once a vampire called Mabel
Whose periods were remarkably stable
By the light of the moon
With a long silver spoon
She'd drink herself under the table.

Same thing. Right? Ew.

DoesntLeftoverTurkeySoupDragOn Tue 23-Dec-14 10:38:03

Surely you can't just chuck frozen raw meat into a smoothie. It has food poisoning written all over it,

BeHoHoHove Tue 23-Dec-14 10:40:44

Remember to keep your local out of hours doctor's phone number handy.
If you do that you're gonna need it.


DontBeBlueBeARainbow Tue 23-Dec-14 10:48:08

Weird timing of this thread, my (Chinese) DH was just asking me last night what we're going to do with the placenta, as Chinese Medicine raves of its benefits.

What's different about it though, because we know how this 'meat' has been reared wink hormone-free (kind of), antibiotic-free! I don't know about raw though.

Don't think veganism has this loophole though, so perhaps I'll let the clinical wasre have it...

Gileswithachainsaw Tue 23-Dec-14 10:50:16

Bury it under a tree on a full moon. have a steak instead.

no animals are going to eat your baby so no need to eat the evidence of vulnerability. and we have supermarkets so nutritional food easy to come by.

don't he gross

Number3cometome Tue 23-Dec-14 12:31:23

Isn't that like chewing a part of yourself?

Eww sorry, not my cup of tea.

Remember if you do decide to go ahead, and make yourself ill you will really struggle to look after your new baby.

cactus123 Tue 23-Dec-14 12:39:05

To actually answer your question.. yes that's fine to freeze it and whizz a chunk up in a smoothie. The idea had gone through my head, and my midwife said it would be fine.

Not sure why there are so many silly comments on this thread.. There is a lot of research to demonstrate the benefits of it. Not sure how it's really that disgusting? It's a part of you that has been inside you for 9 months anyway. It's only whizzing a bit up in a smoothie where you wouldn't even notice it at all, and if it is good for you then why not?

GingerbreadPudding Tue 23-Dec-14 13:07:28

Thanks cactus, that's useful to know. I was wondering why I'd pay to have it encapsulated when I could just pop a chunk into a smoothie. I'm vegetarian so I'm not sure how I'll cope with a meaty taste, but hoping that the fruit will override that. Do you have any idea what size chunk would be good to eat everyday - there is a recommended capsule amount but I've not seen a recommended lump amount.

gamerchick Tue 23-Dec-14 13:10:24

Thing is with the best will in the world you may not be able to get past the first smoothie.

I would just get the process dine and take the capsules but have the usual smoothie soon after birth.

Up to you though.

gamerchick Tue 23-Dec-14 13:10:43


MrsLovell Tue 23-Dec-14 15:55:14

For the the record, I was certainly not trying to "rain on your parade" Op, simply trying to warn you of the possible risks. A company in my town offering encapsulation was shut down by environmental health for the very reason they couldn't guarantee the placenta had been stored correctly and thus the risk of infection to mothers was too great. Good luck with whatever you decide to do.

RubyBoobies Tue 23-Dec-14 16:07:03

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

ToriB34 Tue 23-Dec-14 16:12:16

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