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Placentophagy....ARE YOU KIDDING ME??

Posted Feb 25 2011 11:08pm
I've written several posts here on placentophagy, or eating one's placenta, and I'm always amazed at the various resulting comments. OK, I know that there are people out there who strongly believe in the placenta's hormonal restorative qualities and all that, but come on....would you really want to eat a part of your body?

I was just reading an article on a moms' website about a new mom who ate her placenta because "it didn't seem right to merely throw it away." Again...... are you kidding me?!?

Then again, on this same website, there's an article detailing how to have an "orgasmic" labor. Yes, apparently there's an "orgasmic birth movement" going on. Really?

Anyway, back to the topic at hand..... I just don't get this placentophagy thing at all. So some assert that eating your placenta can help stave off postpartum depression. Personally, I think that resorting to eating a placenta would make me depressed. Yeah, I get that if you've experienced PPD before, you'd do just about anything to avoid having to endure it again. However, there are plenty of options out there other than eating a chunk of human body tissue. Options such as counseling, anti-depressants, support group therapy, yoga, exercise, acupuncture, and many more. No matter that Tom Cruise prefers his placenta medium-rare, I would never even remotely begin to consider such an option.

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