Placenta Eating: Bon Appetit!


If motherhood has taught me anything, it’s not to judge. While I may have rolled my eyes at Nerf guns and character t-shirts before, my kids are infrequently without either. A leash to keep hold of young children at theme parks seemed horrifying before, but is now completely understandable. Even toddler bikinis seem cute to me these days.

But, I’m not perfect. Occasionally, I do jump to judgment.

A friend shared a link with me this morning from New York  Magazine, called The Placenta Cookbook. I read it, on an empty stomach, and immediately lost all appetite for breakfast.

From the article: “When I was pregnant, I just craved organs,” says Beckham, a onetime vegan and raw-foodist who now eats grass-fed and organic meat. “I’d go to Diner and order beef hearts, marrow … so the placenta just made sense. After I gave birth, I threw a chunk of placenta in the Vitamix with coconut water and a banana,” she adds. “It gave me the wildest rush. You know the feeling of drinking green juice on an empty stomach? It’s like that, but much more intense.” One husband described the taste like jerky; “Dry, gamy, bland jerky.”

{Insert dry heave}

Since I immediately lost my appetite, I decided to share in on Facebook so everyone else could be equally as nauseated. I’m a giver like that.

For the most part, the consensus was consistent. Gross. Nasty. Gag. My kind of people.

There were a handful of people, however, with stronger stomachs than I, who defended a woman’s right to do with her body what she wishes. And they weren’t totally wrong. Your placenta, your choice. As long as you don’t serve it to me in stew, I suppose it doesn’t impact me in the least.

This one, though, made me laugh:

“Personally, I think eating the placenta, which grew inside of YOU, is far less disturbing than eating another animal. Does breastfeeding revolt you too?”

Because breastfeeding is totally the same thing as placenta eating.

And, to the woman who suggested I try placenta, because “when prepared correctly, {it} can be a delicacy,” I’m going to respectfully decline. I can hardly stomach chicken, so I’ll hold off on dead human organs, thank you very much.

In the meantime, I think I might be able to drop a few pounds because I still haven’t found my appetite.

Stew, anyone?


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  1. 1

    Elaine says

    I really don’t care what other people choose to injest. But I think this would be akin to eating liver and I don’t eat that either, so I’ll just say “No Thanks.” :)

    Good thing I JUST had lunch.

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    Bex says

    I just posted about this the other day as well. Come on people. Animals eat their afterbirth to keep predators away from their young. People eat their afterbirth because they are freakin’ new age hippies. Animals also lick their baby’s rear end to clean them when they defecate. Are you going to do that too? Come on! It’s ALL NATURAL!

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      Tracie says

      “Animals also lick their baby’s rear end to clean them when they defecate. Are you going to do that too? Come on! It’s ALL NATURAL!”

      That is absolutely the response I am going to use if someone tries to talk me into eating placenta.

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    Truthful Mommy says

    The very idea of placenta is disgusting. I know its part of you and it’s part of your baby but so is meconium but I’m not eating that shit either! Her rush? Well, maybe that broad has a cannibalistic streak in her somewhere. Maybe she is descended from zombies! I don’t know but I wouldn’t accept dinner invitation from her anytime soon:)LOL Happy Friday, Thanks for simultaneously making me laugh my ass off and vomit.

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    MJ says

    Oh YUM. Except NOT. I understand where they’re coming from, and I still say, and have for 17 years, PEOPLE!! BACK AWAY FROM THE PARENTING BOOKS/MAGAZINES!!! If you do EVERYTHING a magazine or book or new-age “research” tells you to, YOU are the reason this country is as fucked up as it is. Cause you’re not listening to your own instincts and you’re letting the rest of the world do your work for you. Yeah, I’m sure it’s not unhealthy to eat it, but if you NEED to eat something like that, go have a damn steak already. Don’t bring your own tupperware to the hospital and tote home the main ingredient in your next casserole. Cause I promise you, you go broadcasting you’re going to be eating part of your own body, not only will your friends refuse all dinner invites, people have long memories and I tell you, I wouldn’t let MY kids eat at your house!! Man, and my best friend growing up’s mom used to gripe about people with cats in the house getting cat hair in the food!! I shudder to think about what she’d say about this!!! (EEEEEEEEEEEEUUUUUUWWWWW!!!!)

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      Tasha says

      It’s funny because when I told my best friend’s that i was thinking about encapsulation, they understood. They said they would never do it and found it gross but they also didn’t go through what I did. They understood that I have to do anything that might help not get the severe postpartum depression I had with my first. Maybe the fact that you or your friends wouldn’t be as supportive simply says something about your friendship and not the level of disgust felt from either party.

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    adriannegersh says

    “You know the feeling of drinking green juice on an empty stomach? It’s like that…” NO I DON’T KNOW THAT FEELING YOU FORMER VEGAN ORGANIC HIPPIE WHO NOW EATS ORGANS!

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    Summer says

    I myself am a “new age hippie” into homebirth and midwives and such but when my midwife told me we could save my placenta in the freezer for a smoothie or such if I experienced postpartum depression, I balked. No way jose. I eat some weird shit but a placenta isn’t going to be added to that list.

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    Padded Cell Princess says

    Well that takes care of dinner plans! I babysat for my neighbors and the mother had frozen her recent baby’s placenta in her freezer until they could buy a tree to plan on top of it. One day though, when dad was left in charge of dinner while mom was still at work, he couldn’t find anything to eat except for what looked like steak in the freezer…all I can say is thank goodness the mother got home before he served it! They laughed, I wretched…

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    amelia says

    Although I do not have the guts to eat my placenta like she has, BUT I did choose to have mine encapsulated 3 months ago. For someone who has thyroid problems and issues with milk supply, I could not live without it! THe research supports how good it is for you, BUT everyone has the right to choose what they do with their body, no matter what part it may be :)

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        amelia says

        It has helped a lot! I deal with thyroid issues too, but I felt much better the days I wuold take the pills. My milk supply was up and down and still is, bu the days I take the pills, I feel full again! I had a larger baby this time and my hormones have NOT adjusted and it’s so much better having my pills and they have helped with going back to work part time. Does that help? I am a believer!!!!

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            amelia says

            Yech! No, I almost didnt’ even encapsulate! SO glad I did. My midwife did say that years ago when women would not stop bleeding post birth, they would take a little of the placenta and make a shake to stop excessive bleeding!

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    The Mommyologist says

    I am not a “judger” either…but placenta eating is just totally freaky and weird. I heard of one girl who had it made into PILLS so she could swallow them. Wonder how bad those things stunk coming out of the bottle? I gag when I try to take Valerian Root b/c it smells like feet. But placenta pills? Nothing like knowing you are swallowing something that came OUT OF YOUR VAG.

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    Sarah says

    i could never, and thank you Jill. i had planned on french toast smothered in peach jam this morning for breakfast maybe that’ll teach me to get on FB as soon as my eyes open in the morning.

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    Marta says

    Wow, I’m going to add placenta (yours and mine) high on my list of things I have no intention of ever eating.

    Also, in no way is not eating placenta the same as being against breastfeeding. And for the record, I don’t drink my breastmilk. But I also don’t drink regular milk either and I’m hardly anti-cow, ask the burger I ate yesterday.

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    Aimee says

    My lunch of quinoa, spinach and chickpeas suddenly looks rather unappealing. This is so wrong. People ask me all the time if my in-laws in rural southern Africa do things like this. Um no, even my mother-in-law would think this was disgusting.

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    Mom on a Line says

    So, I glanced at the FB post earlier and I ASSUMED it meant how to make your placenta good and healthy for the baby by eating particular foods. I did NOT realize it meant the placenta was the particular food! As we explained to our 5 year old last week, we don’t eat humans. It seems similar to wanting to eat other “stuff” that comes out your body. Not my thing!!!

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    Tasha says

    As much as barbecuing my intestine doesn’t sound appetizing, i must admit that this is intriguing. I had horrible postpartum depression with my first. It was so severe that I’m extremely nervous about having another and my husband worked at home for a couple of weeks because he didn’t want to leave me alone. I’m now looking into encapsulating my placenta with the second one. If it is a way to beat postpartum depression without succumbing to heavy drugs or something that could possibly travel through the breast milk, I’m all for it. As far as I’m concerned, women pump botcholism into their face just to look younger. Why would taking a pill filled with something I grew inside me to feel emotionally intact be that far-fetched?

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