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....
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.
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!
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?
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.
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.