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Cooking Mama: Baby Placenta!!
#1  April 11, 2009, 04:16:51 am
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http://www.momlogic.com/2009/04/i_ate_the_placenta.php

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The practice of placentophagia, eating the placenta, is practiced in many parts of the world, and is said to stem postpartum depression and help to contract the uterus after the birth.

After Chrissy Schilling had her first baby over the weekend, her twin sister Kathy cooked up the placenta and they had a feast. They put it on pasta and on a sandwich. They even put pictures of the meal on Facebook!

Sure, some people thought it was gross -- but that didn't deter the sisters. "I think people being grossed out by this is mostly just 'fear of the unknown,'" Kathy says. "It's the same sort of reaction people have when it even comes to the cuisine of other cultures--what's normal in another culture can seem repulsive to one's own. Happens all the time! Most of the Western world can't even fathom having duck head on the menu, but it doesn't make the food any less acceptable as a meal."

She continues: "When Chrissy first brought up the idea about cooking the placenta, I looked around online and found the most inspiring article about it. The writer's attitude was just all-around positive and even a little playful about the subject, and I thought, 'Hey, this isn't such a big deal after all!' Other medical/health articles about placenta-eating shared the same general consensus--as long as the mother is good and healthy, no harm can come from eating the placenta."

What does she say to the haters?

.....I would say that the placenta is so nourishing for the baby during pregnancy that there is still much to gain from it even after the birth. It's a good 6 lbs of meat that's just chock full of lingering blood, vitamins, and hormones that can still in part be transferred upon eating -- even through cooking. When I cooked it, I cleaned the surface blood off of it, but kept anything that seaped out of it into the sauce. I know I was feeling pretty giddy while eating...

Mmmmmm, cooked pregancy leftovers.
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#2  April 11, 2009, 04:22:53 am
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Hey, why not eat our poop too! It's the same idea!
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#3  April 11, 2009, 04:29:41 am
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What a weird idea.  :P Really weird, I'm gonna tell my other friends.

In reality, a lot of female mammals really eat their own placenta, my old pet dog for example, and a lot of documentaries also show animals eating their own placenta right after delivery.

This reminds me of the old thread called "What's the weirdest food you have ever eaten?"


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Re: Cooking Mama: Baby Placenta!!
#4  April 11, 2009, 04:41:09 am
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The fact that she posted pics makes it all the more disturbing. I haven't touched another bite of my late-night dinner since seeing it.
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#5  April 11, 2009, 04:51:11 am
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Physiologically speaking, the placenta is still so rich in iron and hormones even after it's shed that I knew it'd help me in my immediate recovery from my long labor (24 hours). And it did! My daughter was born at 10:34pm, so it was far too late to eat the placenta that night--I was exhausted as was my sister (the chef). So we froze it and ended up eating it two days later for dinner. The energy levels I had before and after the consumption were immediately noticible to me. The first 24 hours after my daughter's birth, I would nurse on the move around the apartment, showing her around, but would have to take frequent breaks to sit because of how light-headed I felt. But after that second night, with a belly full of placenta, those dizzy spells completely vanished! Also, that same night my milk came in--pretty soon comparatively speaking--and I like to think that can be attributed to that extra burst of nutrients I got...all from something I completely manufactured from scratch!

They say it also helps with abating postpartum depression and though it may be too soon to tell, I feel like I'm on Cloud 9 and have the feeling it's going to stay like that!

According to the pics you've said they look like hamburger patties on the sandwich and dried hydrated tomatoes on the pasta.

I better take the vote there and cast one.


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Re: Cooking Mama: Baby Placenta!!
#6  April 11, 2009, 05:24:19 am
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pff, the baby is more nourishing than that, max everything, and huge supply of hormones
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#7  April 11, 2009, 05:40:55 am
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#8  April 11, 2009, 03:13:49 pm
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Tom Cruise is also the only one who can help you in a car crash.. he just knows it.
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#10  April 11, 2009, 04:13:02 pm
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Re: Cooking Mama: Baby Placenta!!
#11  April 11, 2009, 05:36:01 pm
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Well you'd have to fix him a square meal of stir-fried placenta.