What should I do with my placenta?

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Warning: many of the links included in this post lead to fairly graphic pictures. This is not for the faint of heart. However, if you have trouble stomaching (no pun intended) the images you see, you probably should never get pregnant.

Will Placenta Smoothies be the Next Post Birth Trend?” Jennifer Chait over at Inhabitots asks in a short post about an America’s Next Top Model alum’s placenta smoothie. Jennifer is well aware of the fact that the consumption of placenta has “been a thing” for many, many, many, many years. Back in 2007, a couple of friends and I became a bit obsessed with this blog post about a placenta party, wherein a gentleman documents the process of cooking and serving “Manley’s Patent Spiced Placenta Fricassée” to a group of his friends, some of whom were vegan.

This interest led to a need to Google all things placenta. People consume their placenta for a number of reasons. Placentophagy is something that many mammals do for nutritional purposes and many human proponents believe that it helps fight against postpartum depression. Many people simply have their placenta turned into pills that they swallow, though there are no shortages of recipes available for people to consume their placentas in traditional meals. However, placentas aren’t just for eating! A stroll through a hair and beauty shop in my old stomping grounds in Queens brought me face-to-face with beauty products containing placenta. I’m pretty sure I still own a tube of one of these products, very thoughtfully purchased for me by one of the aforementioned friends. According to Wikipedia, most of these products are made with sheep placenta…which I guess is better? I dunno. (This is kinda like, why is eating breastmilk ice cream any less weird than eating ice cream made from an anonymous cow?)

(By the way, apparently the use of placenta containing hair products induced early puberty in some young girls.)

Now, back to me. What should I do with my placenta? Cook it? Encapsulate it? Bury it? Leave it attached to the baby? Turn it into a shampoo? Right now I am leaning towards using it to paint a onesie, one of the suggestions on Inhabitots’ 5 ‘Fun’ Things You Can Do With Your Baby’s Placenta post.

WIC and the Shutdown

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A lot of people have had to suffer because of the government shutdown. I have seen a lot of people – including my own family – be affected by this ridiculous, ridiculous situation. One of the government programs that is currently not being funded is the Women, Infants, and Children Food and Nutrition program. I don’t care where you fall on the political spectrum or how much you feel that these moms need to stop looking for handouts and get a job so that they can feed their babies or not have babies if they can’t afford to (seriously, let’s have a one-on-one, level headed conversation about that if this reflects your general viewpoint), but the people who suffer most from the lack of funds to this program are poor, innocent babies, most of whom already have the deck stacked against them.

The oh-so-awesome Feminist Hulk (yes, as in green Hulk smash but not at all affiliated with Marvel or She Hulk) is compiling a list of resources for those in need of infant formula, baby food, and lactation resources that they normally would receive through WIC. More information can be found here: WIC AND SHUTDOWN: WHERE TO GET BABY FOOD AND FORMULA. You can help by:

  • Spreading the word about this project
  • Sharing information about any organizations or programs that can assist these women and children in need
  • Donate to a local agency or organization that provides support and resources to women and children in need

Halle Berry Gives Birth to a Boy

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So Halle Berry just had a child with husband Olivier Martinez and my first thought was, “Ooooo. What if Nia grows up and marries that boy (who I’m sure will be ridiculously attractive)?” What an awkward mom thought.

The article about the birth features pictures of Halle late in her pregnancy and of course she looked amazing. As an adult woman, I know better than to envy the beauty of someone like Halle Berry. But my brown eyes turned green with envy when I looked at her ankles and saw that they were not swollen. Seriously, how did she manage to even avoid swollen ankles??

Halle Berry gives birth to baby boy: Actress welcomes first child with husband Olivier Martinez

Soon my profile picture will be of my baby

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Courtesy of PostSecret.

My Fetus is More Hardcore Than You Are

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From Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal

Periods are a breeze compared to this

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“At least you don’t have to get your period!” I’ve heard at least a dozen times since getting pregnant.

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Finally!

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Week 28 is here. I have finally reached my third trimester. And thus will commence the longest 3 months of my life.

Milestone

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Twice today I could feel the baby kicking (or punching or elbowing) through the side of my stomach. The first non-quickening-style movements!

“The cost of pregnancy in America is f*cking obscene”

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Bringing a child to term costs more in America than anywhere else on Earth, according to today’s New York Times.

According to a survey conducted by Truven Health Analytics on behalf of the NYT, charges for delivery have about tripled in the U.S. since 1996.

-Continue reading at io9.com

Reading some of the stories in the comments of this article is heartbreaking but then reading the comments of any article about the United States’ current healthcare system is heartbreaking. My own pregnancy came at an inopportune time as I am not currently working full time. Medicaid is the only reason I am receiving any prenatal care at all. It’s scary to think that even if I was gainfully employed with “good” insurance, this pregnancy would still leave me in dire financial straits.

From NPR: Why Morning-After Pill Won’t Stop All Unintended Pregnancies

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Women of all ages will soon be able to buy emergency contraceptives over the counter without a prescription, now that the Obama administration has decided to stop fighting a judge’s order to make the drugs more easily available.

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