I've been having a tough time postpartum. Not surprising, given that Scarlett is my seventh, all the kids are home on summer break, I'm dealing with the usual postpartum hormone plunge, and frankly, I just feel like I'm too old for this I've had PPD in the past (after my first two), and some degree of baby blues after the rest, and I really don't know at this point if I'm dealing with BB or PPD (seems a little too early to say). I'm irritable and short-tempered, I feel overwhelmed, and I break down in tears a lot. I'm actually not sleep-deprived, as Scarlett sleeps next to me in bed and all I have to do is roll over to nurse her, but I am obviously physically and emotionally drained from trying to meet the needs of seven kids all day every day. And I don't have any attachment issues with regard to the baby - I love her to pieces, I truly do.
Anyway. My midwife has been trying to convince me to consume my placenta, which is currently in the freezer. She says this can go a long way in helping even out hormones, etc. I confess that I am super squeamish about this, even though she said you can just take very small portions of it and blend it up in a smoothie. There's something that seems rather cannibalistic about it to me! And besides, I thought the placenta was more of a filter between mom and baby, which implies to me that it might have toxins in it.
Just wondering if anyone here can shed some light on this topic. I know that consuming one's placenta is not unheard of.