Why I Ate My Placenta (and You Should Too!)

I know what you're thinking: "that's gross...super disgusting, foul, I can't even stomach the thought", etc. No, we didn't "fry it up" and have a cookout either, if that's also what you were picturing.

Bare with me.

Trust me, it's not gross and it's not weird.

I'm simply here to share with you the ways eating my placenta benefitted me. This isn't a general post about postpartum placenta consumption. This is specific to my experience only. I am not an expert on this topic, but I believe personal testimonies on this growing trend are needed. So here is mine:

Why I did it...

I've gone through four prior {horrible} post-partum periods. After my first pregnancy, I unknowingly suffered from severe post-partum depression. While I never pondered hurting my baby, I definitely thought about hurting myself...often. One particularly trying day, I still vividly recall wanting to literally jump out of my two-story window. I recall standing there with my hands on the latches. It was bad and also the point at which I realized "this isn't how it's supposed to be" after baby.

All of my subsequent pregnancies never brought me to that severe point of hopelessness, but I always suffered the "day four" meltdown after birth and an extended period of time with the baby blues.

I had seriously had enough. I had read for a few years about the benefits of placental consumption on the post-partum emotions mothers sometimes experience.

This information was enough to sell me on the idea. I decided I wanted to do this. I felt I had nothing to lose and everything to gain. I thought, "good grief, even if it only were to work slightly, I would be thrilled!".

I wanted to do it after my fourth pregnancy, but I realized that the OB office I was going to coupled with the hospital setting didn't make for a good recipe to get to my goal. I asked them about them giving me my placenta afterwards and while there wasn't a hard-pressed rule against it, there were just too many hurdles to jump thru in order to do so. It just seemed like a huge headache and I could tell the whole thing was generally frowned upon.

So for my fifth pregnancy, I decided I wanted a completely fresh start, a new approach, and I wanted a place that could give me what I wanted. I wanted a natural birth, in the water, I didn't want to spend the night anywhere and I wanted my placenta. I found that place an hour from my home. It.was.awesome.

How it works

A few weeks before the birth, I contacted the lady that prepares the placenta. She charges $150 for the service, which is completely worth every penny, in my opinion. I gave her a deposit and told her my due date.

When I delivered at the birth center, she was called and she came to pick up the placenta almost immediately. She took it home, placed it in a dehydrator, and encapsulated the powder into pill form.

The pills are then put into a smallish container that retracts light so as not to spoil the product. She then delivered the container of pills back to the center and I picked them up at my day 3 postpartum appointment.

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The pills. Amounts will vary from person to person depending on size and quality of placenta.

She gave me a daily regiment for consumption that was designed to slowly taper off as the weeks progressed. The goal was to extend the pills out through the first six weeks.

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If you don't consume all of the pills in the first six weeks, they can be frozen and consumed as needed, preferably during your monthly cycle.

Did it work?!

I can answer this with an emphatic YES!!

I have cried [mildly] just twice since giving birth. I completely evaded the day 4 hormone crash I always experienced before. I had energy like I've never experienced with my previous births. I bonded quicker with my baby and my baby reaped the benefits of placenta as well.

I can't speak it's praises enough and will definitely without a doubt do it again if the opportunity arises.

If you are interested in eating your placenta, I encourage you to do your own research. Talk to other moms who have done it before. Find a caregiver that promotes the experience or maybe even advertises for someone who encapsulates.

It's been worth every penny. And it wasn't hard to swallow.;)

Love, Alicia