Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Placenta on the menu

So I don't want to keep this information to myself.  There are women who eat their own placentas.  I read it in The New York Times in an article describing "the placenta project."  It led me to an article in The Atlantic Monthly":

 "It can be cooked (usually steamed) then sliced, dehydrated, and encapsulated into a pill. Sometimes women freeze it in small chunks and blend it into a smoothie."

I googled "eating the placenta" and there were recipes.

Have I been living in a cave?  Three births and I have passed up eating my own placenta filled with delicious, bloody nutrients?  Could I sue my obstetrician for not letting me know  that I was making dinner when I pushed out those babies and their follow-up?  Imagine hunkering down on the delivery table and gnashing your teeth into that gorged pulp.

It's taking time for me to get my mind around this.

11 comments:

  1. I read about this in "Good Housekeeping" magazine just last night. There, they reported that some moms give the placenta to the kid on his/her birthdays. Nothing says, "happy birthday" like Placenta Pill.

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  2. Placenta. The name of my next daughter.

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  3. Google image search 'placenta teddy bear'. See how much fun that is?
    Apparently, nutrients in the placenta can help ward off post-partum. I've heard some interesting things from the doula in my life and the recipe that her sister knew about after she had her 5th kiddo.

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  4. I am surprised at how many women I know that did this or plan on doing it. FB has been a wonder and a curse as I have online conversations I can't imagine ever having in real life.

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  6. I think humans are the only mammals that don't eat their placenta. Well, apparently some humans do, but they are all together a different breed. Before you know it, they'll be licking off the afterbirth too.

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  7. Why oh why did I read your blog today? *scrubs brain*

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