Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Please Pass the Placenta

Has anyone else heart about this new trend going around? Women who save their placenta and either fry it up and eat it with onions or mixed into a stew or have it freeze dried and encapsulated to take later? Or they just freeze it until they figure out what to do with it? Can you imagine having someone over to help you prep for a party? “Hey, could you grab the bag of ice? Its in the freezer, to the right of the ice cream and behind the placenta.”

Its called placentophagy, and while its common in mammals, its not the natural instinct for humans.

I may be pro-organic and the all-natural granola-type, but that is one step too far even for me.

I first read about this in an article in Time magazine before I was pregnant.  Matt often has to put up with hearing me read whatever I find too fascinating to keep to myself, so I proceeded to read him the entire article during which his face passed through six shades of green.

If you haven’t heard of this new trend, allow me to summarize. It is believed that the placenta has a lot of nutrients that are beneficial to a woman’s health, and may allow her to go through menopause with an easier time than most. It also, supposedly, helps with the post-baby-blues, although no studies have been done in regards to either claim.

I think I’ll take my chances with a nice glass of Pinot Noir to help me through those two stages of life. Wait, make that an icy margarita during menopausal hot flashes.

Personally, I feel eating one of my own organs is a bit Silence-of-the-Lambsish. Still, its quite amazing how much information comes up on it once you start Googling it. Just don't click on the images section of Google. Trust me on this one.

Have you ever heard or known anyone that's done this? Does it freak you out as much as it freaks me out, or do you see it as something totally natural to do (for goats)?


  1. I just heard on the radio this morning that the pop singer Kesha wears hers(from her birth) around her neck, because it supposedly helps her with her "psychic abilities". Yeah, okay crazy person.

  2. Did you know you could donate it to the local SAR team? It helps the dogs train with search and rescue.

  3. Yes my neighbor kept hers in her freezer and then planted it under a tree...the tree is now dead. I personally thought it was weird and gross.

  4. I nearly spit out my coffee when i started reading this post. I heard the same thing about Kesha on the radio and thought THAT was a little strange...

    But EATING it?! VOLUNTARILY?! sounds like it should be a challenge on 'fear factor' or something. VOMSKII!

  5. Sorry, I read your article and this is the first time I hear something like that.

    Freezing the cord blood (due to stem and hemopoietic cells), and all kinds of cells separated from placenta - that´s ok. You can use these in the future to various treatments.

    But freezing because of eating? No, I think it´s a kind of a stupidity...

    There are some products (cosmetics) made/prepared from placenta, but none of them is "eatable".

    My recommendation: forget it :-) and don´t worry..., find a stem cell freezer instead of thinking of eating it.