Imagine just giving birth to your child, and then hearing your doctor ask, “Do you want to eat the placenta?” What? Eat the placenta? Is this some nasty joke? This happened to me, and even though I thought I had read the strangest things in pregnancy books, this one fell through the cracks. Parents, here are some unusual, but useful things you will find in pregnancy books.
It’s not unusual to eat the placenta
Although I was shocked by the use of the method, some people actually do this, and it is explained in many pregnancy books. After hearing about placenta eating, I had to know more! I found one of my books, and sure enough, eating the placenta is beneficial to the mom and baby and it even has its own name-placentophagia! The placenta is often referred to as the “tree of life” considering it supplies the fetus with oxygen and nutrients. After birth, mothers can bury it and plant a tree over it to celebrate the new life, or they can simply take it home and cook with it. Whatever your preference is, ingesting the placenta has been linked with balanced hormones and an increase in breast milk supply. It can also replenish nutrients lost through childbirth, and help the mother recover through uterus contractions. Although I don’t have the stomach for placentophagia, it seems to be worth it for those who can stomach it.
Seatbelts and pregnancy
The last thing I thought of when I was pregnant was how I was wearing my seatbelt. As I began reading some of my books, I realized there was a method to increasing the chances of survival for baby and mama during a car wreck. Shoulder belts are important for keeping your head from hitting objects, but also to keep your body from folding in half and creating pressure on the uterus. The lap belt is also important, and should only be worn underneath your pregnant belly. It should be touching the thighs.
Pregnancy books go over some scary subjects, and one of those is irregularities in ultrasounds. From chromosomal deformities to organ problems, the ultrasound can be frightening. Reading through my pregnancy book I learned there are so many “abnormalities” that could arise that I had never heard about. I ended up having one-a two vessel cord. I wish I had read the section before my ultrasound, because there are a lot of red flags that can come up during ultrasounds that are good to know about beforehand.
Breast cancer and breastfeeding
During my quest to determine if breastfeeding was for me, I stumbled upon the part in my pregnancy book that explains all the great benefits of it. In that section it mentioned how breastfeeding can lower women’s odds of getting breast cancer. Studies have shown that the longer you breastfeed, and the more children you breastfeed, the lower your risk is for cancer.
No baths in the final weeks
Luckily I was addicted to showers, not baths, but my pregnancy book pointed out the harm in a bath later on in the pregnancy. If you suspect your water has broken, then do not get in the bath. It will allow bacteria into the womb, and this could cause some serious damage.