Placenta Smoothie Anyone?
The placenta, which is attached to the lining of the womb during pregnancy, contains high levels of vitamins. It is especially rich in vitamin B6, which is known to help depression. The question is, would you eat yours?
For generations, placenta has been highly regarded by many cultures of the world. In the western world however, it is mostly treated as waste. Some people cook and eat the placenta after the birth of their child, to gain it’s rich benefits and natural healing power. When I first heard of this concept, I thought that it was pretty disgusting. In fact, hubby and I would normally joke about people who do this kind of thing, referring to them as hippies! I have however always been the kind of person who is interested in natural approaches to health and wellness, so I started to do some research on the topic, and slowly but surely this concept became less and less gross to me.
In the States – where everything is easy and accessible – the placenta can be dried and encapsulated for the simplest form of consumption. That’s right. Your placenta is dried, reduced to powder and placed into capsules which are taken daily. Now that doesn’t sound too bad to me.. but here I am, in China, where I wouldn’t trust a stranger with my placenta (who knows what they would put in the capsules, or if it would even be MY placenta that I would be consuming!?). Have a look at this link – Illegal Placenta Trade in China – to see why I won’t be letting my placenta out of my sight after I give birth to Elijah! I have asked to friend to meet me at the hospital with a cooler box and ice so that she can take the placenta home, cut it into pieces and freeze it for me. Yes ladies and gentleman, I am going to consume my placenta. I know, I know…. at least three quarters of you are gagging right now!
Why on earth would I do this?
Consuming your placenta has the following benefits:
– Control postpartum haemorrhage;
– Reduce or eliminate postpartum depression;
– Increase CRH (Corticotropin Releasing Hormone), a stress reducer;
– Even out mother’s mood;
– Balance hormones;
– Restore mother’s iron levels;
– Help increase mother’s milk supply;
– Increase energy levels
And for those still interested – yes, I know I have lost some of you already
(I can only imagine the emails that are going to follow this blog post!) –
Here are some interesting facts about “placentophagy”:
[Placentophagy = act of eating ones own placenta after childbirth]