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Poll: Placenta pills (612 member(s) have cast votes)

How do you feel about placenta capsulation?

  1. I've tried it, it was no big deal (22 votes [3.57%])

    Percentage of vote: 3.57%

  2. I'd like to try it/I'm planning to do it (75 votes [12.16%])

    Percentage of vote: 12.16%

  3. It's not for me but I'm fine with others doing it (417 votes [67.59%])

    Percentage of vote: 67.59%

  4. I think it's wrong and don't support this idea (103 votes [16.69%])

    Percentage of vote: 16.69%

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#1 EBmel

Posted 28 March 2012 - 09:58 AM

This is the best explanation I've read about the whole eating-your-own-placenta-in-capsule-form thing (and no, I didn't write it!). What do you think - is it no big deal, or would you steer clear?  

http://www.essentialbaby.com.au/birth/afte...0328-1vxj7.html

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The idea behind eating the placenta is that it contains high levels of   the fatty acid prostaglandin, which stimulates the shrinking of the   uterus, and small amounts of oxytocin, which may improve mood and help   milk production. Proponents of placentophagy also claim it contains   essential nutrients such as iron, vitamin B6, amino acids and essential   fats.

Several Sydney doulas and naturopaths offer placenta encapsulation,   charging around $250. The whole process takes about 24 hours and ideally   begins within the first 24-48 hours after the birth.


#2 lactasticmama

Posted 28 March 2012 - 10:39 AM

While I have never tried it, nor do I plan on it. I think it definitely has it's advantages though.

Taking it in pill form wouldn't bother me, and if I were in a position that it would help me after a birth, then I'd be happy to try it. But of course, only in dried pill form.

#3 Sam Wheat

Posted 28 March 2012 - 10:41 AM

Each to their own I guess, but for me ewww gross

#4 Mrs Lost Wanderer

Posted 28 March 2012 - 11:01 AM

My high school biology teacher ate his wifes placenta after she had their 4th child. But then he had also drank his own urine and had kept the piece of tube that was removed after he had his vasectomy.... He cooked the placenta in a pan like any other piece of meant.


#5 PurpleChicken

Posted 28 March 2012 - 11:03 AM

Not my sort of thing, but I have no issues with others doing it.

That being said, like Pip said, if it was something that would greatly benefit me after birth for whatever reason it wouldn't bother me to take it in pill form.

#6 follies

Posted 28 March 2012 - 11:11 AM

Is it strange that I am slightly offended by the father eating the placenta but not by the mother?

The whole point of the eating the placenta is to benefit the mother for the reasons listed in the OP, for the father to eat it instead I find unnecessary.

#7 PurpleNess

Posted 28 March 2012 - 11:13 AM

QUOTE (jacqg @ 28/03/2012, 12:01 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
My high school biology teacher ate his wifes placenta after she had their 4th child. But then he had also drank his own urine and had kept the piece of tube that was removed after he had his vasectomy.... He cooked the placenta in a pan like any other piece of meant.


Gosh we may have had the same teacher - my biology teacher ate his wifes placenta too, in a pan etc ..gross

#8 jill1972

Posted 28 March 2012 - 11:18 AM

sick.gif

It seems to be the latest fad for the shall we say adventurous types.

mmmmmm.....yummy with a nice chianti & fava beans - can't spell that sound.   biggrin.gif




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#9 Mrs Lost Wanderer

Posted 28 March 2012 - 11:19 AM

QUOTE (PurpleNess @ 28/03/2012, 11:43 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Gosh we may have had the same teacher - my biology teacher ate his wifes placenta too, in a pan etc ..gross



Purplesness, you aren't from the Yarra Valley area are you?


#10 GoneWithTheWhinge

Posted 28 March 2012 - 11:20 AM

I don't like the idea of it, fascinated by the workings of the placenta and happy to have a good poke and look at it after the birth but eating it is just not for me.

However if someone told me they were intending on eating theirs or had indeed eaten it then I would probably be secretly intrigued and ask all sorts of questions about how they cooked it, what it tasted like and so one.

#11 Oriental lily

Posted 28 March 2012 - 11:31 AM

I understand that some research has been linked to it benefitting the mother, not sure how much in a western society though but a man doing it would be similar to canabalism in my opinion.

The only reason why a man would do it is to get some freaky thrill or to boast about it to freak others out.

#12 Guest_tigerdog_*

Posted 28 March 2012 - 11:33 AM

I'm sure there are already alternative means of getting the vitamins and minerals we need without having to resort to this.

#13 4ngiebella

Posted 28 March 2012 - 11:45 AM

I think it's great. Not that I would personally be able to do it. I think the capsules are a clever way to get around it though. The benefits are fantastic.

I read an article about how vegans have placenta bbqs because they see it as the only ethical meat!!!

#14 AprilEthereal

Posted 28 March 2012 - 11:48 AM

It is not something I would choose to do (eat the placenta) but I have no issue with anyone else choosing to do it.  I would take the capsules though.


Edited by AprilEthereal, 28 March 2012 - 11:50 AM.


#15 steppy

Posted 28 March 2012 - 11:52 AM

The guy eating his wife's placenta .... that gives me the heebie jeebies.

#16 PrincessPeach

Posted 28 March 2012 - 11:57 AM

Not my style sorry. I understand it may be full of wonderful nutrients, but I'm whimping out on those.

#17 LambChop

Posted 28 March 2012 - 11:58 AM

It doesn't really resonate with me, not for a gross reason, just can't see the point.

Each to their own, I couldn't' care less what others do, long as they don't expect me to share a serve lol.

#18 Velociraptor

Posted 28 March 2012 - 12:02 PM

I seriously doubt chowing down on placenta as if it is some magic pill of 'vitamins and minterals' would provide any discernible benefit, especially not for the mother. It's like arguing you're going to get uber magic super health by eating some of your own liver. But, I don't think it's more or less disgusting than keeping jar fulls of baby teeth. Shudder.

#19 Soontobegran

Posted 28 March 2012 - 12:08 PM

It is fine by me for others to do so but it is not for me. I think the placenta is an amazing organ and love it for what it does but I haven't eaten any other organs that I have lost so I didn't contemplate it. I am happy to have any extra nutrition I may need via supplementary capsules/tablets.
I know other animals eat theirs but there are many things other animals do that I don't see humans copying any time soon. original.gif

I have a recipe for placenta stew in my old Maggie Myles midwifery handbook if anyone would like it.



#20 HeroOfCanton

Posted 28 March 2012 - 12:08 PM

QUOTE (Oriental lily @ 28/03/2012, 12:31 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I understand that some research has been linked to it benefitting the mother, not sure how much in a western society though but a man doing it would be similar to canabalism in my opinion.

The only reason why a man would do it is to get some freaky thrill or to boast about it to freak others out.

Or maybe to feel like he has a connection to the pregnancy? Like when people bury it under a tree.

#21 olikat03

Posted 28 March 2012 - 12:27 PM

My science teacher said she ate hers too. Im not sure if she really did. I remember thinking at the time what a strange cannibalistic person. She was quite eccentric though

#22 Oriental lily

Posted 28 March 2012 - 12:31 PM

Wouldn't the resulting baby create the connection to the pregnancy?

I think burying your placenta under a tree is vastly different to a man chowing down a fried placenta with onions. One is a nice symbolic gesture, the other is a meal made from human flesh!

#23 Mel1609

Posted 28 March 2012 - 12:44 PM

No way - I am not a cannibal.

#24 snortle

Posted 28 March 2012 - 12:50 PM

I would do it but I'm not having any more babies and I wouldnt have someone elses!

I have no problem with others who do it and see no ick factor but I get the impression from friends and family that they all think Im a bit out there with my views on birth/pregnancy and this kind of thing anyway lol

If for some reason I do have another baby (Gawd I hope not!!) I will probably have a bit

#25 Bluenomi

Posted 28 March 2012 - 12:52 PM

I have no desire to eat mine at all. I have no issues with other people doing it as long as they don't try and show me the photos and attempt to convince it how great it is.




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