Jay Woodall, 33, from Fleet in Hampshire, adds a unique ingredient to her smoothies…
Taking a swig from my red smoothie, I licked my lips. Delicious! ‘Can I have some?’ my son Demetrius, then two, asked.
I smiled as he chugged it, smacking his lips. But this was no ordinary drink. It had a very special ingredient… My own placenta! It all started when I was pregnant with my first child, Logan, in 2008.
I read an article which explained how consuming placenta could have many health benefits.
It could raise your energy levels and balance your hormones…
You could blend it and drink it, or grind it into capsules.
‘I’m going to give it a try,’ I told my hubby Jon, now 35.
But then I couldn’t find a local company who could help me, so my precious placenta ended up in the bin.
It was the same when Demetrius was born in 2012.
I’d opted for home births in a paddling pool for them both. I said no to pain relief and had my births filmed.
I’d even had their umbilical cords dried and made into precious keepsakes.
Finally, when I was pregnant with my third, in 2014, I found a local placenta specialist.
So when River was born in December 2014, I went for it.
I had a home birth, and my placenta looked beautiful – like a small, red tree.
‘I’d like to keep it,’ I told the midwife.
Before I knew it, it had been plonked into a plastic bowl, covered in clingfilm and popped in the fridge.
The placenta specialist, Carly, came round later that day. She chopped my placenta in two. Cutting one portion into chunks, she popped them into a blender, raw. Then she added coconut water and berries before giving it a good whizz. Jon grimaced as I took a first sip. When I offered it to him, he refused, until Carly explained some of the health benefits. Carly ground down the rest and made it into capsules. It made 150 pills and I took them twice a day. But my milk production was crazy! So I went down to one every day, so they lasted most of the year. My energy levels went through the roof, even with a newborn to look after. ‘This stuff is magic,’ I said. And it’d only cost £180 for the lot. So, when our fourth child, Storm, arrived on 31 July last year, I did the same. The placenta really is a beautiful thing. ‘It’s like the tree of life,’ I tell people. Storm is a year old now and I still take my placenta capsules every day. I’m buzzing! How many mums with four kids can say that? Yes, some people think I’m rather strange. And I know certain experts and studies have questioned whether there are any health benefits to eating your placenta. But I don’t care. I feel happier, healthier and more energised. Plus, I can think of worse things to eat!
It’s good for you! It looked like a tree
The kids love it too