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I Ate My Placenta And It Was Great!

Health & Wellness  (tags: health, women, birth, baby, placenta, nutrients, hormones, AlternativeMed )

- 1771 days ago -
Sounds crazy I know, but I was attracted to this article due to the memory of my daughter's birth. I had told the nurses to roll that placenta over to me so I could see it. I was amazed at it's depth and strength...NancyC

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Suzanne L (99)
Friday July 19, 2013, 12:49 pm
I know of a couple who ate the placenta (not in pills) from one pregnancy as a kind of birth ritual. Altho' it's entirely natural, human beings have "funny" feelings about things that were in the body but have come out (e.g. blood).

Debbie G (306)
Friday July 19, 2013, 1:22 pm
Ouch. Sounds disgusting, but I suppose there could be some merit in this. This is the first I've heard of this.

Laurie H (817)
Friday July 19, 2013, 9:55 pm
Thanks for sharing this information. I must say it's the first I've heard of this~~

Ellen m (215)
Saturday July 20, 2013, 5:28 am
Glad you had good memories nancy.
All I remember from my first was my husband repeating "breathe! ", even though I had natural and he didn't bother to go to Lamaze classes w/me (grrr)...and when I raised back, hauled off and punched him squarely, knocking him on his ass.

That's when I saw the gas mask coming towards me...
so I never got to see the placenta.

Dorothy N (63)
Saturday July 20, 2013, 6:25 am
I'm sure it makes perfect biological sense but - ICK!?

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Saturday July 20, 2013, 8:31 am
Thank you. I have not ever heard of this and find the thought of it to be nauseating. However, I had a midwife for the birth of my youngest son and she suggested we plant a tree and bury it beneath the tree.

Past Member (0)
Saturday July 20, 2013, 10:37 am
I'm gonna be sick---disgusting. Thanks

Veselin Varbanov (23)
Sunday July 21, 2013, 7:45 am
If I has to be hones I am a little disgusted ! Thanks for that :)

Veselin Varbanov (23)
Sunday July 21, 2013, 7:45 am

Gloria p (304)
Sunday July 21, 2013, 7:58 am
The placenta is very beautiful but not appetizing.

Bette-Ann Libin (11)
Sunday July 21, 2013, 1:41 pm
News to me! My experience is planting a tree with the placenta....

Barbara DelGiudice (123)
Sunday July 21, 2013, 2:11 pm
Yuk sounds gross and sort of cannibalistic..

Barbara DelGiudice (123)
Sunday July 21, 2013, 2:17 pm
II read that it is made into a pill form and has allot of nutrition for the Mom. That isn't so bad.

Lois Jordan (63)
Sunday July 21, 2013, 3:24 pm
Noted. Well, I have heard of this before, but never even considered trying it. My education was that breastfeeding worked very well to produce oxytocin, help shrink the uterus, and aid in weight say nothing about the great benefits for the infant.

Birgit W (160)
Sunday July 21, 2013, 4:35 pm

Audrey B (0)
Sunday July 21, 2013, 4:54 pm
I agree kind of disgusting, and cannibalistic, not something I would do.

Kara C (15)
Sunday July 21, 2013, 5:59 pm
I find that animals generally only eat their placenta if they are stressed and need to hide that disgusting mess from predators. Humans however have (or at least should have) evolved beyond eating mycosium filled sacks of their own tissue YUCK!

Vicky P (476)
Sunday July 21, 2013, 8:26 pm
sounds weird and gross :/

Gloria H (88)
Sunday July 21, 2013, 9:35 pm
animals do it. I think some Native American tribes did at one time. Not being fond of children, I get tempted to comment when asked if I like agree with WC Fields and reply "yes, par boiled". Geez, why stop at the placenta when you can eat the whole baby? and maybe a few of it's siblings? ok, that was pretty darn dark.
You'd think mom would have been content with pickles and ice cream.

Joanne Dixon (38)
Sunday July 21, 2013, 9:36 pm
I have been tested to have a pretty high threshhold for disgust, but this is above it. ALthough I have never had a child so I don't know, I might have felt differently.

Ellen M, how sad they felt the need to restrain probably the only sane person in the room.

Gysele van Santen (213)
Sunday July 21, 2013, 11:27 pm
i know someone who mixed in the placenta w/ her fruit smoothie. that's so gross.

reft h (66)
Sunday July 21, 2013, 11:46 pm
Sorry, but this is gross. Might as well munch on your own skin. If animals eat their own placenta, its probably because they don't have hands to remove it from the newborn. It's probably not a case of them thinking "oh, this looks tasty". If they don't remove it from the baby right away, wouldn't predators come and find it, so its more of a survival thing? Just wondering.

Patricia H. (440)
Monday July 22, 2013, 2:17 am
grossly noted

Syd H (48)
Monday July 22, 2013, 2:39 am
Well, if people will eat animals then there is no reason not to eat the placenta (or to find it gross, disgusting, icky, etc.).

Jonathan Harper (0)
Monday July 22, 2013, 4:23 am

Lisa Zilli (17)
Monday July 22, 2013, 9:28 am

Pirjo Sundqvist (174)
Monday July 22, 2013, 10:11 am
There is no proven benefits of eating your placenta, like cats do, but itīs not very harmful either if the placenta is well prepared...just disgusting and unnecessary :D

Sharon W. (4)
Monday July 22, 2013, 2:09 pm
Yeah, animals do eat placentas, but they also sometimes eat their shit or vomit.
For all the people going on about how nutritious it is: Eat two handfuls of fruit and some fish.

Kathryn Niell (112)
Monday July 22, 2013, 6:30 pm
Whatever works for nature works for human beings as well, apparently!

Russie C (4)
Monday July 22, 2013, 7:07 pm
What a sicko to eat that crap, must be part cannibal.

Sosso Lapro (1)
Monday July 22, 2013, 8:48 pm
Funny how people says it is disgusting but wouldnt mind eating yuck reconstituted food and other awful food. Just because it looks good doesn't mean it is good. People should think with their brain, not with their guts...

Shawna S (45)
Monday July 22, 2013, 9:07 pm
Definitely not my 'cup of (placen)tea'
Thanks though for the insight, Nancy :")

Teresa Cowley (274)
Tuesday July 23, 2013, 1:02 am
While I've read of the nutritional merits of eating the placenta, I'm with those who find it "icky" and disgusting.
Placenta sandwich, anyone?
Thanks Nancy--I hope to get the image out of my head one day!--LOL!

Carol H (229)
Tuesday July 23, 2013, 5:33 am
noted, thanks Nancy. sounds sick!!!

cynthia l (207)
Wednesday July 24, 2013, 12:24 am
It's suppose to help shrink the uterus, bring your milk down and do away with depression. If I had to do it over I would try it. I had horrendous post partum depression to the point of being suicidal. It was undiagnosed
but then my doc never offered or mentioned birth control either. Planting it with a tree sounds very beautiful. or have it done in capsules

Ginger G (438)
Wednesday July 24, 2013, 12:05 pm
This is an interesting thought. I never considered a human doing this even though I know that some animals do. When my parents pregnant cat that they took in off the streets while she was pregnant gave birth, she ate the placenta.

Kathy Chadwell (354)
Wednesday July 24, 2013, 10:07 pm
Not happening :)
I'm with Ellen,, I was in labor for 3 days and 3 nights. All I wanted was for the pain to stop.
Women today have no idea how much better things are

Susanne R (235)
Wednesday July 24, 2013, 11:01 pm
I assisted in the delivery of all three of my daughter's children. Her husband preferred to stay close to her at the head of the bed, so I was asked to hold her legs back whenever she pushed. Having witnessed all three of them enter this world was an incredible experience, and I'll always be grateful to her for allowing me to witness these miracles. That being said, I was also present for the delivery of the afterbirth. Trust me, it doesn't look very appetizing. I have nothing against mothers consuming it because, according to

"The ingredient of placenta: placenta contains three big nutrients--protein, fat, sugar, as well as all kinds of enzymes, mineral matter、amino acid、vitamin which can regulate human body function effectively、enhance immunity function、repair damage DNA、whiten the skin、keep young、anti-aging, man can improve sexual function by using it. What is more, super placenta contains nucleic acid、amino acid and so on, which can stimulate enzyme system effectively, and it has wonder effective for skin disease、digestive system ulcer、neuritis, menopausal troubles、injury、decubital ulcer、arthritis、rheumatic disease、asthma and so on. The research on placenta through modern science show that its important ingredient is immuneglobulin and sneeiyne, which is the anti-aging gene, enzyme, which has high appliance value, and interferon, which protein can reach more than 80%, amino has rich resources、full ranges、and reasonable ration, which fat is less than 10%, and also has rich lecithin, cephalin, lipopolysaccharide, a variety of vitamins and trace elements, in addition, it has transfer factor, protein active factor, collagen element, organic phosphorus compound, amniotic acid and nucleic acid compound and so on."

But, as good as it might be for a new mother, after having seen it, I'd never be able to bring myself to eat it.

Thursday July 25, 2013, 2:14 am
I know we mustn't judge others by our own standards, but to me the placenta of my babes, looked SOOOO gross that I couldn't wait for the horrid thing to be taken away so iIcould get down to the business of feasting my eyes on the beautiful babies themselves! The placenta is so disgusting to look at! I nearly vomit at the THOUGHT of eating it, let alone actually DOING it!! I KNOW that some people want to store it as they think that one day the stem cells may be taken from it to cure diseases in that child and that may be so in which case it is very admirable, but I am afraid I am nearly gagging still at the thought of actually EATING IT!!!!!! HORRORS!!!!!!!!! I am sure it is fine for cows and other animals, but is not fine for me and by the look of it... many others who are also reeling!!

Nancy C (806)
Thursday July 25, 2013, 8:46 am
The article explained the pill form and I wonder how the pills would affect nutrients given in breast milk...Thanx for all of your candid replies! My birth was natural, posterior, and induced...not fun at all, but awake, aware and thankful for my precious daughter.

federico bortoletto (47)
Thursday July 25, 2013, 1:28 pm
Notato con un po' di disgusto. Grazie.

Past Member (0)
Thursday July 25, 2013, 10:13 pm
Cheers Nancy

Diane L (110)
Friday August 2, 2013, 5:37 am
Animals eat or bury their placentas for various reasons.............usually to remove it from the site to prevent the scent from revealing the location of the newborn. With carnivores such as dogs or cats, it's probably to help provide some nutrition to the new Mom who probably can't leave her newborns to hunt for a period of time. There is little logical reason for a human to eat the placenta.

Just had a mare foal 2 weeks ago and as is advised, I saved the placenta so my vet could examine it. The filly was born late Friday night, and he couldn't come out until Monday. OMG, the stench by then was so bad, he wouldn't even bother..........told me to go "bury it" immediately!
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