Thanks to one of my google alert emails, I stumbled across this article about Anderson Cooper’s talk show: Would you eat your placenta? Cooper saw a headline in New York magazine about the idea and, not surprisingly, thought WHAT?! WHO DOES THAT?!
When he had Sanjay Gupta on the show, Cooper asked him about it. Yep, totally a real thing, called placentophagia. It’s a great source of nutrients and the main reason it’s consumed after birth, I think, is to help ward off postpartum depression.
Okay. When I was pregnant with Ryan I think I heard about this. I thought… that’s disgusting, no way, no how. EVER. Gross. So if that’s your first reaction too, I feel ya.
But…. if you’ve EVER gone through postpartum depression… or any form of depression… I am pretty sure you’ll change your mind. I am pretty sure you’d try practically ANYTHING to prevent feeling that way ever again.
And that’s how I feel about it now.
Even if it’s a placebo affect. If it helps, awesome. I know what I went through after Ryan was born and it probably took me an entire year, if not more, to get out of it. It’s not a place I ever want to be again. It’s things I never want to feel again. I don’t know how I could–I don’t know how I’d survive that again.
Okay, straight up EATING a placenta (cooked) still strikes me as gross, but most women have it ground into powder and put in capsules to swallow them like pills.. like any other vitamin. That, I can do.
And now Anderson Cooper is talking about it. That makes it a big deal, right? I mean…. if everyone else starts eating their placenta, wouldn’t you want to, too?!
I have a guest post coming up on this issue from a great friend of mine. It’s full of more information and her story, so stay tuned! I just happened to see this article pop up in my email and thought it’d be a great intro!
Have you considered placental encapsulation? Are you totally grossed out by the idea?