Placenta Pot Roast

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Placenta Pot Roast Recipe
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Disclaimer: This was an April Fools Joke. Please do not attempt to make this recipe!

Today, I’m sharing an unusual recipe…

Giving birth is taxing on a woman’s body but the birthing process provides a wonderful way to replenish the hormones and iron: the placenta.

The Benefits of Consuming Placenta

So why would anyone in her right mind want to eat THAT? Glad you asked…. Wikipedia explains:

“Placentophagy (from ‘placenta’ + Greek ‘to eat;’ also referred to as placentophagia) is the act of mammals eating the placenta of their young after childbirth.

Apparently, it contains high levels of prostaglandin which stimulates involution (an inward curvature or penetration, or, a shrinking or return to a former size) of the uterus, in effect cleaning the uterus out. The placenta also contains small amounts of oxytocin which eases birth stress and causes the smooth muscles around the mammary cells to contract and eject milk.

Some research has shown that ingestion of the placenta can increase the pain threshold in pregnant rats. Rats that consumed the placenta experienced a modest amount of elevation of naturally-occurring opioid-mediated analgesia. Endogenous opioids, such as endorphin and dynorphin, are natural chemicals, related to the opium molecule, that are produced in the central nervous system. Production of these endogenous opioids is increased during the birthing process. They have the ability to raise the threshold of pain tolerance in the mother. When coupled with ingested placenta or amniotic fluid, the opioid effect on pain threshold is dramatically increased. Rats that were given meat instead of the placenta showed no increase in the pain threshold.

American Medical anthropologists at the University of South Florida and UNLV, surveyed new mothers, and found that about 3/4 had positive experiences from eating their own placenta, citing “improved mood”, “increased energy”, and “improved lactation””

This article also points out the suggested benefits:

“It is believed that consuming the placenta can:

  • Help to balance your hormones
  • Replenish depleted iron levels
  • Assist the uterus to return to its pre-pregnancy state
  • Reduce post-natal bleeding
  • Increase milk production – this has been proven in a study
  • Make for a happier, more enjoyable post-natal period
  • Increase your energy levels”

Placenta Encapsulation

With the growing popularity, it is now possible to find people who specialize in encapsulation. In this process, the placenta is cleaned, steamed, dehydrated and ground into pills to be consumed as needed.

This process definitely makes the idea of consumption a little easier for most people, but it can get pricey and more importantly, it takes several days so mom doesn’t get the benefits for the first few critical days.

These services are definitely an option, but I’ve found an easier way to consume it for optimal benefit: Placenta Pot Roast.

This recipe allows mom to consume the placenta within 12 hours of giving birth and adds nutritious herbs and vegetables. Many women crave protein after labor and this recipe is the solution. Even better, it is simple to prepare and leftovers can be frozen to eat as needed.

Sound too crazy? It has a milder flavor than liver or other organ meats and it can usually be easily consumed once properly spiced and prepared. Most other mammals consume the placenta, we just get the benefit of adding vegetables and spices. This recipe should be consumed by the mother who has just delivered a baby and not by anyone else. The benefits of placenta consumption are for the mother only…

Placenta Pot Roast Recipe

Placenta Pot Roast Recipe

Placenta Pot Roast Ingredients

Placenta Pot Roast Instructions

  1. Clean the placenta and carefully cut off the cord and the side that was attached to the baby, including the membrane.
  2. Sprinkle with the spices on either side to evenly coat.
  3. Place the placenta in the crock pot.
  4. Chop carrots and add.
  5. Slice onions and place on top of the placenta
  6. Add green beans.
  7. Place coconut oil on top of the onions.
  8. Cook on high (2 hours) or low (4 hours) until tender.
  9. Serve immediately or freeze to consume later.

Important Note

When making this recipe, please note that it is April 1 and this post is an APRIL FOOLS JOKE… 🙂 If you read this far, thanks for being a good sport! If you want to spread the fun (and get some interesting reactions from your friends) share this post on social media with a comment about how you’ll definitely be trying it 🙂 and tag me so I can see your post. Please don’t try this recipe as I completely made it up and have never tried placenta pot roast myself.

For the record, I have nothing against placenta consumption and had my own encapsulated to be able to try it with my last pregnancy since I’d gotten so many questions about it, but I don’t think I’d have the stomach to consume it as a pot roast 🙂

Ever consumed yours? Were you fooled by the joke or did you think it was for real? Please share below!

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About Katie Wells

Katie Wells, CTNC, MCHC, Founder of Wellness Mama and Co-founder of Wellnesse, has a background in research, journalism, and nutrition. As a mom of six, she turned to research and took health into her own hands to find answers to her health problems. is the culmination of her thousands of hours of research and all posts are medically reviewed and verified by the Wellness Mama research team. Katie is also the author of the bestselling books The Wellness Mama Cookbook and The Wellness Mama 5-Step Lifestyle Detox.


99 responses to “Placenta Pot Roast”

  1. Jennifer Avatar

    All I could think was, Oh my word! I was just telling my Aunt how great her web site was and now she posts this? She is going to think I’m weird also! Too grosly funny!

  2. Amber Avatar

    Oh my goodness!! You TOTALLY had me! My mouth was gaping the entire time I was reading this post! I thought you had REALLY gone of your rocker this time!!!
    Good one!

  3. Kelly Avatar

    LOL!! You got me with this one. My mouth was hanging open. I’ve recently started reading your blog and I love it. This has made me love it even more. Thanks for the laugh.

  4. kellyd Avatar

    I just discovered your website and have already used it frequently. But when I started reading this article I was thinking okay, maybe wellness mama is a little too out there for me…I kept looking at the picture too and thinking is that really a placenta?! I’m still on the fence if that was a good one 😛 but you definitely got me! ha ha

  5. Deborah Avatar

    Recipe looks good to me. I’m going to try it with organic grass fed rolled beef roast!

  6. Sarah Avatar

    AS I am reading this, I am thinking oh no I cant show this to anyone, and then tell them I am !!!!LOLOLOLOL…….I love all your other ideas though!

  7. Lee Avatar

    Wow, I just subscribed to the website today (after finding a great deodorant recipe here) and this was the first thing that popped up…I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to continue 🙂 A well executed April Fools!

  8. Christina Avatar

    Whole time was thinking “this has to be an April Fool’s joke…but this the kind of blog that would advocate for placenta consumption…” I was glad when I got to the final paragraph.

    However, thinking about it, wouldn’t a meatloaf work well? You could mix it with beef and prep it the same (and given enough spice/beef/pork/veggies/sauce the flavor would probably be almost identical to meat loaf).

  9. Nina Avatar

    Funny because I am 6 month pregnant and have been looking for a way to eat the placenta. I really wanted to eat my first borns, he is 7 now and back then i couldnt find too much info on how to eat it. so with his i had it in the freezer for a few months then planted it under a tree in my parents front yard. I was definitly into the post, good thing i read on to the important note. i would have tryed this in a heart beat.

  10. Andrea F. Avatar
    Andrea F.

    You totally got me. I was sitting here thinking, “I feel like I have gotten so much great info from her page, but this is just too much.” Glad I read all of the way through. You were the only one to trick me today (so far). Lol.

    1. Beth Avatar

      I was thinking the exact same thing Andrea!! I was also trying to eat my lunch – uck! I was just about to look for another “go-to health blogger” – so glad I read to the end!

  11. T. Benson Avatar
    T. Benson

    WOW! My friend sent me here and I was certain SHE had gone off the edge. I may not be able to eat ANYTHING the rest of the day after that! Oh HEAVENS! I do hope no one takes this seriously. Blech!
    Super funny if I can get over being traumatized 😉

  12. Rebecca Avatar

    You totally had me, Katie! I just delivered our second son five days ago and having seen the placenta so recently I was sufficiently grossed out by a pot roast recipe. Thanks for the laugh! 🙂

  13. Katherine Avatar

    You totally had me going (and getting queasy)! Best prank of the day so far!

  14. Joli Avatar

    You totally and completely had me going until the very end! Wow… Am I ever glad this was a gag!

  15. Virginia Miner Avatar
    Virginia Miner

    My husband and I laughed hard at this one… He encapsulated my placenta for me last birth, and he was like “you can’t gross me out with your placenta talk!”

  16. Kelli Mizesko Avatar
    Kelli Mizesko

    Oh thank The Lord that you are kidding lol! I’m sure the look in my face was pretty crazy while reading this! Too funny! I’m def sending this to the hubs! He’ll die!

  17. Tarah Avatar

    Katie, I am such a HUGE fan of yours…but I think you may have gone a little too far with this one. Especially with the pictures, I mean, what if someone was eating breakfast when they opened this article? *puke*

    Unless of course, this is an April Fools joke….it is April 1st after all…it’s a joke, right?


    1. Tarah Avatar

      Oh I just read the last paragraph where you say it is an April Fools joke…you got me! Good one!

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