Monday, March 29, 2010

MOMVERSATION MONDAY!!!: Eating Placenta: Mmm, Mmm, Good?!

Hello Monday....

Um, so I've been trying to write this post for most of the day.
Having a hard time trying to write because, well, you read the title. And sorry for the men who happen to stumble on my blog right now.

So... eating your placenta after birth....

Let me first thank Jessica Gottlieb of for bringing up this tasty topic! LOL! I'm sorry I had to!

OK, seriously, placenta eating. Apparently it's a real thing, it's called Placentophagy. It's the act of mammals eating the placenta of their young after childbirth.  Those who advocate this act believe that eating the placenta prevents postpartum depression and other pregnancy complications.
However others like obstetrician Maggie Blott  dispute those theories and say that there is no medical reason to eat the placenta, "Animals eat their placenta to get nutrition- but when people are already nourished, there is no benefit, there is no reason to do it."-^ Why eat a placenta?, BBC News, retrieved 2007-12-12

As for me, I know I wasn't looking to eat anything after the birth of either one of my children and if I was hungry Subway was around the corner. I could see this being of an evolutionary theory that Maggie Mason of Mighty Girl brings up in the clip.

But I did look into the recipes and there are tons on the topic!

As for me, no thanks! I think I'll pass!

What about you? Is this something you have heard of before. Moms to be will you think of doing this?


8 witnessing the mayhem:

apandorabox said...

well actually, I live in Argentina (a third world country) and we don't eat our placentas here... «sorry to be so touchy, but i think that comment was a bit out of line»

and... i don't think they will give you the placenta to eat it anyway... public (or private) hospitals I mean.. Placentas, as many other parts of the human body are to be disposed separately than normal garbage... so they can't legally give it to you.
In my country there are almost no home deliveries, so I can't say about those cases...

I'm sorry if my comment didn't come out the right way... I don't mean to be rude at all


Vanessa said...


My apologies, I didn't mean to be out of line. I'm from Brazil, also a third world country. It was out of line.

I didn't mean how it was came out, in fact I was reading it to my husband and I immediately noticed it but it didn't get erased in the final cut. My intent was to agree with what Maggie Mason says in the clip about how back in history I could see this being a life source for the mother when food might not have been accessible.

I also agree with you never would I eat a placenta and I would like to know how people are getting theirs after birth?

Thank you for pointing out my error. I hope this doesn't keep you from coming back and reading more.

And by all means, I love when readers comment with such passion!

Tanya said...

I remember when I was in high school, they told us that in some places/times, they would use placentas in hair conditioner....
There's a nice thought for ya.

Vanessa said...

I heard something about that in lipsticks...

Vanessa said...

and I'm a lipglossaholic!

Hoorah :) said...

Hi! I'm a new follower, and a nursing student. We talked about this in class one day not long ago. Apparently, it is or was cultural in some countries (we were not given examples of which ones) for the mother to eat the placenta. It's usually taken home and boiled.

The trend is very scarecely seen anymore, but once upon a time, it was fairly common.

It is correct that there is NO nutritional value, and there is no evidence that says it reduces post partum depression or any other side effects of pregnancy.

It seems as though its one of those things people used to do because it was a norm.

I also think it is probabl illegal for the hospitals to give it to you now though, considering possibility of malpractice suits and such.

Anyways, Hope this helped!

apandorabox said...

i couldn't watch the video last night, but now i have and i got the idea... i think Hoorah's comment was great to have a bit more information about it, I know that the placenta is the source of life of the baby, and maybe it was a costume (thank god it's not anymore!!)
I mean, if a doctor told me it would be great for me and my baby, i'll do it..i'll cover up my nose and shut my eyes just in case...

OMG! i can't keep talking about this without thinking EWWWWWWWWWWWW

i'll keep coming back, i do every day, i'm just not brave enough to comment every time

Jessica Gottlieb said...

Understand that I would have been a great mother in the 50's. I would have been delighted to check into a hospital and wake up THREE DAYS LATER. I do not like my own blood... I am a big squeamish wimpy mom.

I'm sure someone thinks placenta is brilliant, just not me.