Is Placenta Kosher?
My toasted skin is coming off of my décolletage in thin transparent sheets, revealing pink splotches of raw epidermis that contrast with my brown tan, “like a cow’s spots” my husband so helpfully commented.
At the same time (yesterday, to be exact) my stomach extended beyond the normal bounds of a three course dinner and a double dessert, to unequivocally declare: baby (plus a three course dinner and a double dessert) inside!
As my body does its thing, I am amazed by its versatility and complexity. It’s quite incredible.
In other fun body news, I’ve hired someone to encapsulate my placenta after I give birth. They take the placenta after it’s expelled through the vagina, clean it, dehydrate it, and make it into little pills. The placenta is chock full of pregnancy vitamins perfectly calibrated for one’s own biology (seeing as it is actually a piece of one’s biology). Eating it is supposed to help with post-partum bleeding, recovery, depression and even menopause (the pills can be stored).
Being a good Jew I wondered what bracha one might make on placenta, and if it’s kosher. “Is placenta –“ I typed into google – and auto fill suggested “kosher” right away. Apparently this is far more common question than I imagined.
In my research I found all sorts of halachic rulings on consuming body parts and fluids, paskened by various dubious internet sources, including:
- Breast milk is pareve (some women apparently drink it to stimulate labor)
- A woman who froze her placenta, then moved it, inadvertently defrosting and forgetting about it, and had it then explode on her, dousing her in her own blood, does not become a niddah
- A mohel is allowed to suck blood off a babys penis because he spits it out
- There are no real clear answers about whether or not placenta is kosher, but it may be that the only problem is “miyus” that it’s disgusting – which, if there are obvious health benefits, can be gotten around
Phew! Glad that’s no problem!