“Nine months in the cooking and about 10 minutes in the eating."
By Adrienne LaFrance Placentas get kind of a bum rap. This is possibly because of all the hoopla about the mothers who blend
I found this possibility intriguing both from a scientific point of view as well as a sci-fi point of view: there are plenty of books out there on zombies and aliens, but what about ancient viruses that thawed from the ice thanks to global warming?
When I was pregnant with my first child 17 years ago, I had the usual worries compounded by my knowledge as an obstetrician and high-risk pregnancy specialist. I knew first-hand the impact of prematurity and other complications. Like other moms-to-be, I hoped to deliver a healthy baby. As a research physician, I was eager for evidence-based knowledge to make this a reality.
Placentas are polarizing. On one hand, they are incredible organs that nourish your baby, and then leave your body once the job is done. The intricacy in a placenta is stunning... and they are each as unique as the babies they support.
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Animal placenta for hair growth? Okay. Dr. Singh explains, "Specifically, the growth factors in animal placental extracts
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At my first doctor appointment, my OBGYN brought up the topic and initially, my husband and I thought it was a no-brainer. However, as time progressed, I became curious and slightly skeptical.
In the delivery room, I was dressed in my scrubs just like in the movies. My seat was next to my love, who was on the operating table, arms stretched out. There was a screen cloth right above her sternum obscuring her nether region. Her face was glowing in the halo of the operating lights.
Placentophagy is becoming popular, thanks to health claims and celebrity advocates. In the UK a man ate his wife's placenta raw in a smoothie and cooked while in a taco.
Well done, moms-to-be! 5. You Stop Shedding More specifically, as you move through your pregnancy, hormones (especially the
Although there is no hard scientific evidence backing the benefits of placenta ingestion, in some studies women reported
The placenta varies more among mammal species than almost any other organ. And research published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA provides some clarity on how this diversity evolved.
Birth Story: Ina May Gaskin and The Farm Midwives recounts the history of the natural birth movement in the United States. It is the story of a revolution, initiated in the least likely place imaginable.