Behold the placenta ‘art’ that’s taking over Instagram

There was once a time when you really had just the two options for your placenta after you (and your baby) were done with it. You could ingest it in some form or another or you could slap it on a piece of cardstock and preserve a print of your baby’s “tree of life” — right alongside your oil change receipts and the credit card statements you can’t seem to throw away, nestled in a box or file cabinet somewhere.

Well, no more. Sort of.

You can still totally finger paint or dehydrate your placenta in pill-poppable form. But you can also do so much more. Thanks, internet! To be totally fair, some of the things on this list are totally “placenta prints.” But they’ve come a long way, baby. Take a look.

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1. Get extra-artsy with it…

2. …by inundating it with tons of color

3. You can still cube it and freeze it for a later smoothie date with a loved one

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Thinking about giving birth and having a second child makes me feel all kinds of things. Right now, I'm mostly feeling so excited because it's almost time for placenta smoothies!!! 💃🏽💃🏽💃🏽 This incredible organ, co-created by the fetus and mother, is an entire Universe of life while baby is in the womb and gave me so much support post-partum. Google says there's no real benefits for ingesting your placenta, but I'm here to say that taking mine raw gave me all the INCREDIBLE feels that, just remembering, make the sometimes overwhelming prospect of giving birth and having a new baby feel possible and exciting! _ In the days after Forest was born, the hormonal support and nourishment I got from his placenta was out of sight. I recovered quickly from three days of labor and an ultimate belly birth (C Section), had lots of milk, and pep in my step no matter how little sleep I'd had or how griefed-out I felt in my postpartum, 'birth has her own plan' sadness. _ Every mammal eats her placenta, in part to cover her birth tracks and protect her newborn young. Globally, families give this miraculous organ deep reverence. Some folks consider it the baby's guardian and bury it with ceremony. Some mamas cut it into thirds, ingesting one piece herself and offering the other two pieces to the new grandmothers -the placenta's hormonal boast is good for the menopausal phase as well! Some folks dehydrate and encapsulate it, some burn it and save the ashes for healing tonics when their child gets sick. Some wrap it in herbs and leave it attached to the newborn until the umbilical cord comes off in due time. For potency, I took mine raw. Because if you know me, you know I drink (placenta smoothies) for effect! 🤗 Do what feels good for you! – Thanks to my siStar @rozletov for the honor of preparing her third placenta for her. You can hire your local birth worker for help preparing yours, or, simply rinse it, cut into ice-cube sized chunks and freeze in an ice cube tray. Add a chunk or two to your favorite smoothie recipe and 🚀 enjoy!! _ #lightcaster #placenta #birthwithoutfear #takebackpostpartum #drinkforeffect #thatcolortho #tribedemama #isittimeformysmoothie

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4. But you can always go the teddy bear route

5. If you’re looking for something a little less creepy but still appropriative, you can always make a “dream catcher” out of the umbilical cord.

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