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This first one is not for the faint of stomach.

I'd heard of eating your placenta in passing, more as a joke than anything else, but now I learn that it is possibly quite good for you, if you can stomach it, and helps to prevent postpartum depression. Some people seem to think that chowing down raw is the best method, others think it is perfectly sufficient to dry the placenta (raw or steamed), grind it to a powder and put it in capsules. [I was just looking at some pictures of someone cutting up a placenta for casserole, and Rebecca demanded to see what I was laughing so hard about, when I showed her the picture of the smiling man with blood and lumps of flesh she said "That's awesome!" I think that's the first time she's said that.] If you want to know more about the serious side of it I thought this really long thread was pretty interesting: Eating your Placenta to prevent PPD...

Also Lotus Birth - the practice of not immediately severing the placental cord, but letting it naturally dry out. Apparently sometimes practiced to avoid infection from the open wound of cutting the cord in earlier history. There are other claimed and disputed bennifits. I've never even heard of this until now, and I wonder what my midwife would say about it.

And not to be missed, (if you've made it this far), an excellent article about pregnant women and sex. The section on her dawning understanding of perineal massage is definitely not to be missed. Seriously.



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Mar. 28th, 2008 05:42 am (UTC)
Noah told me to come look. :)

Yeah, I think I am too squeamish to eat it raw. The idea of it freaks me out more than a little. I can't handle raw meat of any kind, let alone raw uhm... me... I can swallow capsules though. :) Luckily Noah is ok with the preserving/capsule creation process.

Lotus birth is something that I considered for a while but I've given up in favor of being able to use the placenta. My midwife indicated that in her opinion the main positive to be gained from it is that you stay in one place a lot more which gives you more time to heal. That actually seems like a reasonable incentive to me. :)

Susie Bright is pretty amusing. :) I read that article a while before getting pregnant and I'm glad I did. She gave more straightforward advice about how one's sex life might change than I found anywhere else and I really appreciated the honest heads up.
Mar. 28th, 2008 06:39 am (UTC)
I think I *might* be able to do a smoothie, but only if someone else made it. And I was thinking about something else. I have no plans to eat the mouldering placenta currently in my freezer though, because I wouldn't want to eat any raw meat that had been in my freezer for almost two years. And I haven't had many depressive issues since Rebecca's birth. At least partly because I have a large mommy willpower muscle that makes me do so many things for Rebecca every day, and for me depression is usually preceded/snowballed by inaction.

I found Susie Bright during my pregnancy, and I was very amused, although frankly her sex life and mine are pretty drastically different. It pleases the connectionist part of my brain that you have read her, because your frank styles seem pretty similar. I was hoping that if you hadn't come across her that Noah would see this and point it out to you.

I'm happy Noah sent you over. Jesse calls out snippets from your journal occasionally. I never asked you to give me access because I didn't feel like I actually knew you, so it would have felt a bit strange, but I think I wish I did know you. You seem pretty cool.
Mar. 28th, 2008 03:33 pm (UTC)
Yay! You just made my day. Noah tells me about things that you write as well but I also felt a bit shy about trying to get to know you better. You are the kind of quiet/reserved person I always feel like I am offending. It's probably mostly paranoia, but it's a really hard feeling to get past. So yay! :)

I met Susie once years ago and we did actually get along. However, she's the kind of person who meets freakin everyone so I didn't try to be forward enough to create a friendship. It's a hard thing to do with people who are "famous" (infamous?).
Mar. 28th, 2008 08:40 pm (UTC)
Huh, I'm really hard to offend. What does offend me? Mostly just people being underhandedly mean. But then I'm inconsistent. If I don't like somebody probably most things they do offend me. Oh well, there goes my self perception. But anyway, I was predisposed to like anyone that was making Noah so happy. (What does offend me? Now I'm going to have to go make an embarrassingly and probably hypocritically long list... being closed minded... being unwilling to listen... being whinny but unwilling to fix anything or change... most of these fall into the over general bucket of people who I think are just stupid and useless or worse, but that isn't a very informative label. Huh. I guess when I say I'm hard to offend, what I really mean is what ever people do with the informed consent of the people around them is fine with me. Being an ass and shitting all over people who aren't into that sort of thing is not okay. Big shocking surprise there... I'm rambling.)

It never occurred to me that Susie was, you know, a real person, that one could meet. Well, I couldn't meet her, because as you say, I'm 'quiet', which really means I have a hard time talking to people. :-D
Mar. 28th, 2008 04:26 pm (UTC)
It seems a little complicated to have your baby attached to the placenta for 2-3 days. Though the game of "pass the baby" would be pared down only to those who are not faint of heart ;)
Mar. 28th, 2008 08:42 pm (UTC)
Yah, I actually read that as an explicit bennifit somewhere - the extra seclusion and healing time before you had to deal with loads of people. Not that you have to go to such drastic measures to keep people out of your house for the first week.
Mar. 28th, 2008 11:42 pm (UTC)
The Lotus Birth thing is intriguing to me. I know a number of medical professionals who are against cutting the cord immediately, preferring to wait several minutes at least. The reasoning is apparently that they feel that it's healthier for the baby to get more of its blood into its body, instead of losing it to a rapid cord severance. An ounce or two of blood doesn't mean much to an adult, but to a newborn it's a lot, and cutting the cord too quickly deprives the baby of that ounce or two.
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