I ate my placenta!
1000 crunchy points awarded to me!
Actually it wasn’t about the status symbol of the shock of it all but for my own health benefits. I consumed my placenta immediately after I delivered my placenta just in case I had any heavy bleeding postpartum. “Oxytocin is a naturally-occurring chemical in the brain that stimulates uterine contractions that lead to the onset of labor. This same chemical also enables the uterus to contract and quickly return to its pre-pregnancy size, as well as slowing postpartum bleeding. Studies have shown that eating the placenta triggers the release of oxytocin into the bloodstream, enabling the uterus to quickly heal and tone itself after childbirth.”
I took it in a smoothie since it was the quickest method after birth. It was cut up an a chunk the size of a quarter was thrown into the blender with juices and fruits and other assorted yummy things. There were chunks of it to where I had bits stuck in my teeth. But thankfully it had no taste and wasn’t that bad.
After a few days the placenta was cut in half. I froze one half of it and then the other half was pureed in a food processor and placed into an ice cube tray. I would take one of the frozen cubes and put it in a smoothie for the first few weeks postpartum.
I can’t say exactly for certain whether it was my unhindered birth that helped me have an easy postpartum time or ingesting my placenta or both but I had an incredibly easy healing recovery time. Pushing only when my body needed to push and allowing the placenta to come out on its own really helped prevent those horrible postpartum contractions. They were virtually non existent. I felt fantastic within days. I went for a WIC check up 2 weeks pp and my iron stores were fantastic.
“Placentophagia may help replenish nutrients lost during childbirth
Human placenta is rich in various essential nutrients such as iron and protein. Placentophagia can help replenish these nutrients, which are often depleted during childbirth due to blood loss. This benefit of placentophagia may be especially important for vegetarian or vegan mothers, who may have slightly lower blood iron levels to begin with. (Many animals also practice placentophagia, presumably for this reason.)”
About 4 months postpartum a doula friend of mine encapsulated my placenta for me. As soon as she gave me the pills I immediately took one, I hadn’t taken any of my placenta since that first month. By the next day my breasts were bursting with milk. I was very full and needed to pump. The burst of milk was temporary and curbed down by the end of the following day but it was very noticeable. I took another pill a few weeks later when I was just having a hard time in life and feeling depressed and felt a cold coming on and just really not feeling well mind/body/spirit wise. Again, by the next day my breasts were full with milk. I’m not a big fan of galactogogue use and their efficacy, but I’m a big believer in the use of placenta for many benefits. It was the right decision for me.