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 Post subject: Placenta encapsulation
PostPosted: Fri Jan 07, 2011 12:30 pm 
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Has anyone had their placenta encapsulated, or saved/consumed it in some other way? I'm considering the former, but every time I see photos of placentas it's revolting. It's an organ, but it's my organ, and if it really does have the touted benefits, seems like I should make use of it.

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 Post subject: Re: Placenta encapsulation
PostPosted: Fri Jan 07, 2011 12:38 pm 
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I was going to do it but my parents took my placenta home and forgot it overnight in the car. It probably wouldn't have been a big deal if it was winter, but nope, had to be July. I ended up planting a tree over it.

But... I am still mad. I got PPD and am on antidepressants instead. I still wonder if eating the placenta would have worked for the mood dive.

Good luck!

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 Post subject: Re: Placenta encapsulation
PostPosted: Fri Jan 07, 2011 12:50 pm 
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I was seriously considering having my placenta encapsulated by a local doula, but ultimately I chickened out because I was too afraid of blood-borne diseases that I might catch from her dehydrator (even though she assured me she cleans it with bleach, etc.). So I brought my placenta home in a cooler, and I planned to wait and see: if I felt like I needed it, my husband said he would cut it up into chunks for smoothies. I knew I couldn't stomach cutting it up myself. 6 weeks out, I haven't had any problems with depression, so I think it's just going to go in the garden next summer.


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 Post subject: Re: Placenta encapsulation
PostPosted: Fri Jan 07, 2011 12:53 pm 
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My daughter was born in a caravan in a field in rural Sussex, U.K. We fed it to my two big dogs. They loved it. Job done.
It just seemed like the right thing to do.

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 Post subject: Re: Placenta encapsulation
PostPosted: Fri Jan 07, 2011 2:02 pm 
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^ That is fabulous.


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 Post subject: Re: Placenta encapsulation
PostPosted: Fri Jan 07, 2011 2:49 pm 
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The woman who lived above me in my last apartment had her placenta encapsulated and said it helped her a lot with handling PPD. She also saved some for her son in the event that "he's ever in a tough spot in his life and needs a pick-me-up", which, well, I don't want to say that particular part weirded me out but it totally weirded me out.

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 Post subject: Re: Placenta encapsulation
PostPosted: Fri Jan 07, 2011 4:03 pm 
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I really don't want to consume my placenta at all, BUT. I recently met a new mom who swears taking placenta capsules really helped her with PPD. It's given me something to think about.


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 Post subject: Re: Placenta encapsulation
PostPosted: Sat Jan 08, 2011 7:42 am 
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I don't know what I'm going to do with it, but I'm totally going to keep my placenta this time. But whether it's to encapsulate or to plant... I'm not sure yet.


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 Post subject: Re: Placenta encapsulation
PostPosted: Sat Jan 08, 2011 10:48 am 
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i ate mine. no big deal. i cut some pieces off once we were home from the hospital and had them in a smoothie with strawberry and banana and coconut milk. tasted good, and our post-birth experience was so traumatic and exhausting, i figured i could use all the help i could get. i didn't eat anywhere near the whole thing though, maybe just 1 cup worth over a couple days. i don't think it would be worth encapsulating though... no research indicates the usefulness of consuming the placenta at all, that i know of, and i have no reason to believe that the hormones and and nutrients have any ability to withstand the encapsulating process. not worth the cost and effort of encapsulation to me, anyway. i will be repeating the smoothie trick next time though, i did not end up with PPD, and came out of the newborn stage relatively unscathed.


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