Did you eat your placenta following childbirth? Is it something that you would consider doing? If so, you will most probably really enjoy today’s guest post from Louise. 28 year old Louise has been single since pregnancy due to an abusive relationship. Louise had her placenta encapsulated and made into smoothies, carry on reading to find out why and how.
I understand that you ate your placenta following childbirth, what was it that made you want to do this?
Initially, I had heard that eating your placenta could combat or prevent PND. This really interested me as I had had depression pre pregnancy and I was also going through a very tough time personally, was a single mother and wondered how I would cope with the lack of sleep, crazy hormones and various other things!
Did you feel that you experienced any of the benefits expected?
I didn’t get PND and felt positive and energised a lot of the time, in itself surprising as I was doing it all alone and was expressing then feeding every 3 hours so sleep was rare! Of course I was emotional at times but considering the situation I was in that is normal. My milk also came in quickly and there was a lot! And I genuinely felt happy!
You didn’t eat your placenta in the traditional way of frying it, how did you consume it?
I contacted a lady through the Placenta Network, http://www.placentanetwork.com/placenta-encapsulation/ who I had read about and liked the sound of. She came into hospital after the birth, collected my placenta and bought back a placenta shake/ smoothie within 24 hours and then a few days later the encapsulated tablets! I had already told the staff at the hospital what I wanted to do with my placenta, filled in a form confirming this and took in a new and clean large Tupperware box for it to be put in. The smoothie was gorgeous, you wouldn’t have known it had placenta in, it was just a delicious, healthy smoothie. The tablets I took 3 times a day for months. I also had a print of my placenta and the cord is dried into a heart.
Would you do it again?
Has Louise’s story changed your view on whether or not you would eat your placenta? I’ll admit it has made me think twice.