WHY I ATE MY OWN PLA­CENTA!

New Idea - - Real-life -

As my due date drew near, my friends and fam­ily knew I was go­ing down the ‘nat­u­ral mama’ route. I had made a list of the or­ganic clothes and wooden toys that would be wel­comed as new baby gifts and I made a point of stay­ing on top of re­search­ing the most nu­tri­tious diet for my­self dur­ing preg­nancy and while breast­feed­ing. As a veg­e­tar­ian, all my recipes were meat-free, ex­cept one – I planned to eat my own pla­centa.

“That’s dis­gust­ing!” said my sis­ter. “You’re tak­ing this nat­u­ral life­style one step too far.”

And at first, I won­dered if she was right. Af­ter all, many doc­tors say that there is no nu­tri­tional ben­e­fit to eat­ing what is es­sen­tially a waste prod­uct, but anec­do­tal ev­i­dence from other mums who had cho­sen to do it said dif­fer­ently.

Re­duced risk of post-par­tum de­pres­sion, glow­ing skin and re­newed en­ergy were just a few re­ported ben­e­fits. I con­sid­ered pay­ing for en­cap­su­la­tion, but with the ex­penses of a new baby it was more than I could af­ford.

I still wasn’t en­tirely sure if I was go­ing to brave eat­ing my pla­centa, but when my baby was born not breath­ing and had to have the um­bil­i­cal cord cut im­me­di­ately for re­sus­ci­ta­tion, my in­stincts took over. I had hoped for de­layed cord clamp­ing and when this didn’t hap­pen I couldn’t stand the thought that my son was lack­ing up to a third of the blood that is trans­ferred from the pla­centa af­ter birth. My mind was made up. I would eat it, raw, to give him as much nu­tri­ent-rich milk as I could.

Due to the dif­fi­cult birth, I had to stay in hos­pi­tal, so it was down to my hus­band to pre­pare the pla­centa for me. Gob­bling it down there and then didn’t ap­peal, so he took on the grisly job of blend­ing it into four litres of smoothie for me, with a load of frozen mixed berries.

“It was like some­thing out of a hor­ror film,” he told me as I glugged it down. But to my amaze­ment, it was ac­tu­ally pretty de­li­cious!

There are plenty of peo­ple who think I’m crazy, but I def­i­nitely saw the ben­e­fits.

I had huge amounts of en­ergy that helped me stay awake for nearly five days straight as I strug­gled to breast­feed.

And once my milk came in, that golden colostrum which usu­ally only lasts a few days stuck around for two months.

It may not be to many peo­ple’s tastes, but I would do it again.

HI­LARY DUFF EN­JOYED HERS IN A SMOOTHIE AND RUBY DEEVOY, 29, DID IT TOO... “MY MIND WAS MADE UP. I WOULD EAT IT RAW ... TO GIVE HIM AS MUCH NU­TRI­ENT-RICH MILK AS I COULD”

Proud mum Ruby opted to eat her pla­centa even though she’s veg­e­tar­ian.

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