WHY I ATE MY OWN PLACENTA!
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.