|We had the perfect glassware for a placenta smoothie!|
So when I gave birth to Baby O I told the midwife I wanted to keep the placenta.
There are a few options available if you fancy eating your placenta:
- You can pay for it to be encapsulated, or you can even encapsulate it yourself
- You can cook it up into a lasagne or stew
- You can blend it up with yoghurt and fruit and drink it like a smoothie
I opted for the smoothie because I wasn't sure if I would stomach the smell of my own organ being fried or baked. It seemed a bit close to cannibalism for my liking. Plus, I wasn't sure if any of the nutrients would be lost in the cooking process. For the same reason, I ruled out the encapsulation.
I bought a big tub of natural yoghurt and some frozen red berries in preparation and when Baby O was born the midwife put the placenta into a plastic bag, which we put into a plastic tub and popped in the fridge.
|My placenta (with the cord attached)|
The next day, I rinsed my placenta thoroughly and then cut off a couple of meaty chunks the size of a 50 pence piece away from the membrane side. I popped them into the blender along with the yoghurt and the berries and whizzed it for a couple of minutes before pouring them into a glass. I have to admit, it was yummy. You couldn't taste the placenta at all. I offered some to my husband but he
|Whizzing it up in the blender|
I have to say, the hormonal monster who usually replaces me at about day 3 failed to emerge. But this could also be because this was baby number four and I was more relaxed this time round. I also felt like I had more energy. But again, this might just have been because I expected to feel this way and my new baby actually slept at night!
|I chose to wash my smoothie down with a glass of bubbles to celebrate the new arrival|
I had about three placenta smoothies, which didn't really make much of a dent into the entire thing. The rest was safely disposed of. Although, in hindsight, I wish I had tried to encapsulate the remainder. I'm now eleven weeks in and feeling a little weary.
Who knows if eating, or drinking, my placenta helped me recover from the birth?
I'm glad I tried it and I think if I ever have another baby, which is highly unlikely, I'll probably do it again.
Did you eat your placenta? Would you? How was it for you?