I’m sure you’ve heard about it before … and if you haven’t … you heard it here first!! The question is … would you eat your placenta? And if you are going to … how would you do it??? What do you think about this controversial topic?? Do you agree with the health benefits?
Here’s my take … a few years ago, I heard a story of a friend of a friend who got her placenta picked up at the hospital, dehydrated and turned into pills. For some odd reason, I loved the idea. Maybe because it was different, radical, or something I had NEVER thought about doing before … but I remember thinking to myself “when I have a baby I’m going to do that” … not even knowing WHY someone would eat their own organs. Does that make me sound like some kind of sicko? Maybe haha … Anyway, when I did end up getting pregnant, I looked into it through friends and the trusty old internet. I found that while there was ‘no scientific evidence’ to prove the results, there were claims that eating your placenta after birth could …
- Increase milk supply
- Balance hormones
- Ward off postpartum depression
- Replenish depleted iron
- Increase energy level (I have TOTALLY noticed this!!)
- Assist uterus to return to pre-pregnancy state (I HOPE SO!!!)
- Reduce post-natal bleeding
- Speed up recovery time
- Prevent signs of aging
I was sold, I mean what did I have to lose? Other than being made fun of around the house … which didn’t last long once I threatened to sprinkle my placenta in the next meal!!! I don’t get grossed out easily and I love the idea of holistic medicine. I’m the girl who used to make avocado and raw egg hair masks & put molasses in my coffee for a year hoping it would reverse my grey hair.
It’s been a little over 14 days since we welcomed Leo into this world and you’re probably wondering ‘how do I feel’? Well … I think great!?!?! I mean I have nothing to base it off of, this is my first babe … but I feel good!!! If you’ve noticed on my Instagram and Snapchat, we’ve taken on A LOT in the last few weeks (looking back I’d probably agree with you … a bit too much) the adrenaline is a real thing!! We’ve had NON-stop company (something I did not expect) and while we are SO grateful for the love, I would say less company is something I could have handled quite nicely!!
Other than that we’ve gone out for dinners, lunches, we’ve gone camping and taken Leo out several times during the week. It’s not my energy that has surprised me (I’ve always been a bit of an energizer bunny) what has surprised me is …I feel ‘different’!!! I mean obviously so, I am a freakin’ mom and I have now realized that EVERYTHING in my life has just changed … but what is REALLY different is how I handle stress and emotion. I don’t know if it’s because of the placenta, or just because Leo completes me, but I’ve noticed I handle stress and emotion WAY differently than I used to. I haven’t talked much about this before but I used to deal with anxiety on a daily basis. Too many phone calls, emails or just too much stimulation and I lose myself. The last 2 weeks I’ve run into a few situations where I KNOW typically I would be breaking down or getting upset … but I find myself remaining calm or articulating my emotions WAY better than I used to. I feel ‘calmer’ and more rational than the pre-Leo Jill…
As for the above claims that we found when researching on the internet???
- Milk Supply: I’ve been feeding great and Leo’s latch while painful, has been awesome! Our milk came in on Day 3 and we were thrilled!!!
- Energy: Like I said I’ve always had that going for me, but for the most part my energy is great! Until about 7pm …
- Body: My tummy has gone down quite a bit, not sure if it’s from the breast feeding, how to keep synthetic urine warm or the placenta … or just genes …
- I still look old. lol…
So, would I do it again??? … absolutely!!!! In fact, I’m about half way done my little bottle and I’m already wishing I had more!