Eating placenta rocked my post-partum world

December 8 | Guest post by HunnyDu
Original photo by Flickr user Premasagar
As soon as I got pregnant I knew I wanted to eat my placenta. My spiritual beliefs are such that I don't believe the creator who makes us, makes waste.

After reading this website, I was even more convinced. I knew I couldn't eat it raw, or blended in a smoothie, or cooked into a lasagna. Instead, I planned to have it dried, ground, and encapsulated. Here is how it went!

I had a c-section, and from the table, stretched out and connected to tubes, hoses, and things that go bing, I called out to the nurses and docs that I wanted my placenta bagged up to take home. They made me sign a release form that I understood I was taking home biohazard material (whatever) and I asked my sister in law to bring a cooler so that she could put it in my freezer.

My mother in law was so confused, but she has good manners, and kept her mouth shut about it. My husband's 89 year old Chinese grandma, however, hugged me and told me I was smart to eat my placenta when we told her about it.

A few days after we came home from the hospital a tremendously good friend came over, picked up my frozen three pound placenta, and used the fruit leather setting in her food dehydrator. After she dehydrated it, she blended it in the blender, dried it, blended the dry disk, then capped.

It took her a long time, and I'm extremely grateful. What an endeavor!

Three weeks post partum I began taking two caps with each meal. I immediately felt less tired and weepy. I was sharp-minded and excited about life once more, no longer cracked-out, draggin ass. I began losing weight, and I got my appetite back, plus, my lochia drip hurried up and ended at four weeks after birth!

This was awesome, because it meant I got to have sex again, which was great because I also experienced a boost in libido. On top of all this, my milk production went through the roof.

So, while I know it's not for everyone, and it did smell like funky beef jerky, eating my placenta really turned my birth recovery up a notch.

Mmmm, placenta!
Mmmm, delicious freeze-dried placenta!
  1. My husband wanted to eat the placenta! Our son ended up surprising us and coming early, so at the time we didn't really think about it. I do remember thinking the side that isn't bloody is really quite beautiful.

  2. wow, that's great! the term 'eating my placenta' always grosses me out, even though i know it has kick-ass benefits. i would have never thought of drying it out & putting it in capsules…so much easier to stomach! if i ever have another kidlet, i'm TOTALLY trying this. awesome article!

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    • When I read this post, I thought the exact same thing! But my partner is working in a science field and encouraged me to do more research into this. I'm not here to judge anyone if they choose to do this, however I do 100% encourage you to do some research first. Since there are no studies that actually prove the effects of eating placenta, and whether or not the possible nutrition can even be utilized by the mother (if it's not broken down by stomach acid). From what I've read, the stem cells in the placenta are different than the mother's own. And it's really scary not knowing what the possible biological dangers could be… I wish there were concrete studies done, because it's a fascinating idea. Honestly, I would love to know for sure that it can help, because then I'd do it in a heartbeat when the time comes ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  3. i'm hoping to find someone in my area who will dry mine out! i've been told that there are online services that will dry and encapsulate for you but that they are expensive and take a while.

    my midwives want me to just eat it – in a smoothie for example – but i don't think i could stomach that.

  4. Our doula does placenta encapsulation, so if anyone is in the Bay Area and wants to know more, contact me. We're definitely going to have her dry and capsulize ours. I'm not big on organ meat in general, whether it comes from a cow or me!

    • I'd love to know more, but can't figure out how to email you… I'm in sonoma county and have a doula, but no one that's done the encapsulation before. will you email me her info? thanks!

  5. If I get pregnant again, I'm planning on burying my child's placenta on my parent's plot of land with a birth tree. That way the child will have always have a connection to the land.

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  6. …I wonder if I could make my placenta into a cake….;)

    Very interesting, glad it worked for you!

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    • See, I can't swallow pills.__(no, I'm not ten years old. grumble)__so I'm TOTALLY down for a cake!

  7. I never thought of doing it this way – this definitely sounds better than having it in a smoothie. Still not sure I could manage it, but I'm glad to know that you've experienced benefits from it.

  8. A placenta smoothie is essentially a meat smoothie. Can you imagine having a pork chop in a smoothie? Ew. If I were to do it I'd take the capsules too – but I don't think it's for me. I will definitly look at the placenta though! Apparently it looks really neat! ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. make sure to ask to see it, because usually the docs will just chuck it without telling you whats going on at all.

    • Everyone in my birthing class thinks I'm a nutball because more than half my questions are about the placenta. I just think the idea of my body BUILDING an organ, and then getting rid of it when it's done, is so cool! I definitely want to see mine.

      I'd like to have mine encapsulated too, but no one around here does it, and I also don't think I'd be able to take them – I have a hard enough time swallowing my prenatals because they "smell funny."

  10. I am either thinking of eating it or burying it in the garden. I do have access to folks who will encapsulate it in my area and am glad because I would not be able to do smoothies. My midwife wants all her clients to do something with it besides toss it in a garbage, it is to be revered.

  11. Wondering if there's someone else's I can eat…so I can get out of my funk and lose the baby fat ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. great post!! i've always thought it way to strange to eat the placenta….but this makes me think about it

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  13. My initial reaction to the idea was "EW!!!" but the more I've heard about it and read about it (and the effects it has on the new mom), the more I'm starting to lean toward maybe (*maybe*) considering the idea whenever I have a kid in the next couple years, especially if I can do it in pill form.

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  14. Is the encapsulating as easy as it seems? Do you just dry it w/ a dehydrator, then blend it to a powder, and then put it into capsules?

    If that's all there is then my husband can do this himself. After I read the article, I told him that I wanted him to do that for me.

  15. I ate my encapsulated placenta. I had no postpartum depression, great milk supply, no hair loss and energy even though i was sleeping like 3 hours a night. . I had a herbalist come to my house and prepare it for me while I was in the hospital so it was ready when I got home. I am saving some in the freezer to take during menopause. I highly recommend it!

  16. this post has given me something new to think about that i would have never considered……

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  17. My friend asked me to dry her placenta and even paid me for it. I was not even remotely grossed out or thought it was strange…probs 'cause I've worked on farms and been around animals my whole life. She says it worked. I would absolutely do it again.

  18. so at first i was pretty weird-ed out by the whole eating your placenta thing. But baby is due in february and i have my dehydrator and empty capsules (and a friend to help) all set up to go! i'm so intrigued and can't wait! let just hope the husband doesn't totally freak out when he see's my placenta drying in the kitchen.

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  19. My mom says she ate the one from my birth, but I think she had a friend cook it with onions or something (I will have to ask her again). I could probably have her do the dry & encapsulate method for me easily enough as she not only will support me in this but has the skills to figure out how to do this.

  20. Thank you for posting frankly about the things you do in your life to make post-birthing times easier on your body. It does give me a lot to think about; none of the women or family members in my life have ever spoken about anything like this. Do you know if having a water birth affects being able to keep the placenta (or is it just being washed!)? And what type of dehydrator (oven, stand-alone, etc) would be best? We considered buying one for regular foods, so if we could get one that works for this too it would be great…

  21. IMO the best route is with a food dehydrator. You can plug it in outside if possible, because youre going to want to, it will stink up the house. I dont know about a waterbirth though, better ask a midwife!

  22. I'm TOTALLY rocking the placenta ingestion! I am 4 months pregnant and have already contacted a doula who is certified in this procedure. She even comes you your house and cleans your kitchen before and after the process takes place, BONUS! I have been researching the benefits since the birth of my son 4 years ago and am convinced this will turn my postpartum experience completely around for the good! I'm going to have a chunk blended into a smoothie right there in the birth-center before I even leave to get the most immediate benefits, and the rest will be encapsulated that night or the next day. I can't wait! Woot!

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  23. That's so awesome! I've been contemplating placenta capsules for 6 years or so, having read about it around the time my second child was born, but thought there was no way I could do it, because I have to give birth (if I get lucky enough to get pregnant again) in the hospital, and likely by c-section. How do you bring it up with your doctor, before the birth, that you want to keep your placenta? Is there any way they can stop you?

  24. mine's in the freezer too, for this very purpose – i gave birth two weeks ago – though i haven't yet found the motivation to deal with my placenta – but probably should as i am Weepy McWeeperson at the moment. i too want to dehydrate and capsule mine – i have a friend who did this as well and same thing, said it rocked her world…

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  25. @ scribe – i had no problems whatsoever taking my placenta home from the hospital. i wound up in the hospital after an attempt at home birth started going awry, and i took a birth plan with me. by the time i got to the hospital i was crowning tho, so no one bothered to look at my plan. i was screaming demands while pushing, basically, but no one batted an eyelash when i said "we're keeping that". the nurse even picked it up and walked me and babydaddy through "placenta 101" first…

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  26. I was totally grossed out at first, but I had no idea of the benefits! I would not be able to eat it outright, but encapsulation I could probably do. This is definitely something I will be researching when I have another little. Does it really boost milk supply that much? That's primarily why I would take it.

  27. There was a time in my life when placenta eating was a gross out joke I told to my friends who got pregnant. I really wish I had known about encapsulation when I had my son, though. Next baby, I'm totally getting my placenta encapsulated, everyone says such great things about it, I wish I had done it with my son.

  28. Most animals eat theirs, including my father's dairy cows who otherwise turn away at anything the smells remotely bloody. I am waiting to bring up the matter with my partner and see how he takes it. Still trying to sell him on the home birth idea. His ex was a physician and loved over medicalising things.

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