If you've heard of eating placenta, you may be horrified. How do you eat it? Do you roast it? Taste? Is garlic okay?
The average placenta weighs about one pound, is 22 cm across, and is 2 cm thick. Placentas range in size from one person to the next (and even one pregnancy to the next). They’re a deep, dark red color and look a little bit like beef liver.
Eaten placenta is called placentophagy. Anthropologists say it's common in other mammals but not humans. Placenta was a natural remedy in ancient Chinese texts.
First, save your placenta after birth. Doulas, nurses, or encapsulation specialists collect placentas. If you do it yourself, keep it cold until you make pills.
The placenta is steamed for 20 minutes and dehydrated over 1-2 days. This preserves nutrients and makes placenta encapsulable. Do it yourself or hire a pro.
Once you get your placenta capsules, you can take them daily. The dosing schedule can vary based on your specialist’s recommendations. Women typically start with more daily pills and gradually decrease until they’re gone.
This is where it gets a little tricky. Since placenta encapsulation isn’t exactly a mainstream idea, there’s not a lot of research behind it.
Birth is a major event, and some argue the human body intelligently prepares for this. The very organ that sustains the baby can help sustain the new mother’s transition after giving birth.