My Plan To Eat My Placenta

My first reaction to the idea of eating your own placentas was “GROSS NO WAY! I mean it’s great if others can but I couldn’t EVER do that.”

At this point I had only heard of people cooking up and eating their placenta or throwing it into a smoothie.  I had no idea that you could dehydrate and encapsulate your placenta until I read Caitlin‘s post. Then I became a little curious, but was still in the “um I don’t think it’s for me” mindset.

Then one day Neil and I were making the drive home from my parents house and we decided to listen to the Pregtastic Podcast “The Placenta: Encapsulation and Other Benefits.”  This podcast really started to get both of us thinking about the benefits, the process of encapsulation and whether or not it was for us.  After listening to the podcast Neil and I discussed things and decided that the potential benefits of ingesting my placenta out weighed “the ick factor.”  Now it was time to find someone in our are who actually does placenta encapsulation.

Tree of Life Print

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After a few weeks of searching I came across two different people who offer this service and after talking with both and weighing the costs (huge difference in service charge) we made our decision.  SO our plan is to have the encapsulation done within 24-48 hours of the birth.  Our encapsulator (not sure what the technical name would be) does everything in her own home so our doula will deliver the placenta to her (in our designated placenta cooler) after the birth and then we will pick up the encapsulated placenta on the way home from the hospital.

We also spoke with our midwives to let them know of our plans to keep the placenta after the birth and to have it encapsulated. Our midwives don’t have much to say about our decision to encapsulate/me ingesting my placenta with the exception of one who expressed their skepticism about the real benefits it has on things such as postpartum depression but she did highlight that one of the benefits she does recognize is that of the iron.  Many women experience postpartum iron deficiency and ingesting your placenta can help with your iron levels.

Overall the way Neil and I see it is that it can’t hurt to try it.  Maybe it won’t really help anything at all. Maybe it will provide a placebo effect and “help” in that way.  In the end though the potential benefits are much greater than not doing it at all.

(Also we plan on having a placenta tree of life print done as well!)

After giving birth what did you do with your placenta? Did you ingest it? Did you get a print done? Did you plant it? Did you save it?

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Nursery Tour: Put A Bird On It

Finally we are posting our big nursery reveal! I really wish that we had better natural light in the nursery but alas we don’t. Our theme for the nursery is Put A Bird on It and for those of you who don’t know the reference you can go here. Please enjoy the tour!

         


     

Total Cost*: $550

*Total Cost does not include items we already had or items that were gifted to us.

Pregnancy Ups and Downs

Pregnancy Ups

  • WAHM/SAHM. I am officially a work-at-home/stay-at-home mom as of last Thursday.  I will discuss this decision in more detail in a separate post but let me tell you it’s a huge up!
  • Movie Date. We were able to cross one more thing off of our “10 things to do before labor list” – we went to the movies! Neil took Friday off and to get out of the heat we headed to the movies to see The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, which was so good! Plus I didn’t have to get up and use the washroom once (win).
  • Staying active. I got in a number of waddles (walks) and went swimming this week.

Pregnancy Downs

  • Pregnant. I’m still pregnant. Neil and I are so ready to meet our baby! I wish they would just come right now.
  • Sleep Deprived. I have been waking up at 3am every day and it’s been a challenge to go back to sleep so lately I’ve been up from about 3am-4:30/5am before I finally fall back asleep.  This is not fun but I guess my body is prepping for baby?