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10/22/2009

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Can't hurt, right? Might help -- you never know. And it will make a great story! Do it!

I am currently obtaining my master's of science in Chinese medicine and acupuncture. My favorite and most respected professor (who also specializes in fertility) swears by it. My Chinese nutrition professor knows many women who have done it themselves at home in their own ovens. It replenishes the Qi, which weakens right after childbirth.

Hmm...I guess if you don't have to go through a bake-at-home experience, and someone just hands you some innocuous-looking pills, what's the harm? Even if it's just a placebo affect, why turn down any PPD prevention you can get?

Now, if you start serving placenta parmesan at dinner parties, I may have to change my stance...;-)

On a somewhat unrelated note, I thought this was a terrific article about supportive husbands (and how to find them!). It's written by a breast cancer oncologist: http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/magazine/articles/2009/10/04/will_he_hold_your_purse/?p1=Well_MostPop_Emailed3

P.S. Gretchen Rubin at http://www.happiness-project.com/ links to this article in her latest blog, so I can't take credit for finding it.

Liz, you look AWESOME!

I know it's traditional for women to eat the placentas after childbirth in some cultures, but that's to ward off anemia. High in iron, high in protein, etc. However, I don't see how it will ward off post-partum depression. Do you have any scientific studies that show this? You know I'm big on that sort of thing.

If you were asking if you should take the placenta home, cook it up, and eat it, I would say "okay, if you want." That was big during the natural childbirth movement in the '70s. But the fact that it's being shipped off to be ground up and reconstituted screams SCAM. How do they guarantee that the process doesn't remove any "nutritive" property of the placenta? If you're giving birth at a hospital, how do you know they'll give you the placenta? What if you have a C-section? The hospital sent both my placentas to pathology afterward for testing.

If this is provoking a debate in your own head, please do not make this something to agonize over. I am getting so worried by this tendency for new parents to worry about every little thing, and all these "industries" and "experts" that seem determined to commercialize every teeny aspect like they've done for weddings.

Better to invest the money in a post-partum doula, a massage, a lactation consultant, date night with the hubby, etc.

P.S. - Got PPD with #1 (severe, prolonged, undiagnosed), and none at all with #2. Not everyone gets it, and not everyone gets it every time.

Ack!?? Seriously? I just...don't even know what to think about this one.

Sarah, here's yet another "what if" to add to your list: What if there is a hospital mix-up, and you end up with someone else's freeze-dried placenta in your medicine cabinet? It apparently happens all the time with the infants, after all. And I'd much rather raise someone else's child than eat her placenta! (Just kidding. Talk about worrying about EVERYTHING...)

By the way, Liz, you do look awesome.

I was going to send you the "Placenta Helper" sketch from the old days of SNL, but it doesn't want to be found online. I assume you've seen it?

Oh, and yuck. Not about Liz's placenta specifically. Just about the general concept.

But if Liz decides she's going to eat it, why not bake it into brownies? Then serve to your friends - with a wink - as "special brownies." Then see how many of them act high afterwards, and then, the big reveal! Comedy (and vomiting) may ensue.

Yeah, "Placenta Helper" was a classic. That was the first thing I thought of, too.

Liz, you look so cute. I had never heard of this placenta pill business til today. I'm with Heather -- had PPD with Penny and it was the worst three months of my life (and I probably still had it for several months following, but it blended into my general sleep deprivation and enormous stress in my dysfunctional work environment at the time). With Jackson, zero PPD and a completely different newborn experience. Still grueling, but I had no moments of despair or gut-wrenching self-loathing or blistering-hot feelings of inadequacy. However, not coincidentally, I hired a night nurse to take care of Jackson three nights a week so that I could sleep, and I immediately supplemented his feedings with formula so I didn't torture myself physically or psychologically while going through the agonizing struggle and failure to produce any more than 2 ounces of breastmilk per nursing session. And, probably just as important as all of the above, I didn't expect the newborn months to be anything but grueling and mostly unpleasant, and I didn't make myself a terrible person for every little thing that didn't quite go as I had hoped. So, in answer to the placenta question... do what makes you feel good, and it can't hurt, and maybe it'll help; but if there's ANY question of whether to use the money instead to get a night nurse or extra childcare help so that you can sleep for more than 40 minutes at a stretch, especially during the night -- SPEND MONEY ON SLEEP. Spend money on sleep anyway. You will be glad you did.

I think you're better off having said placenta used for a nice facial. Apparently, that's all the rage in Hollywood... at least according to Kelli Jones who had a very expensive placenta facial a few months ago. Maybe sell yours to that salon and make a few college fund bucks for the baby?

I didn't expect the newborn months to be anything but grueling and mostly unpleasant, and I didn't make myself a terrible person for every little thing that didn't quite go as I had hoped.

i like this part of the blog:"This set off quite a debate in the Lie to Me writers' room today. The upshot? As a group, we're dubious. And kinda grossed out. " is very good

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