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How Do You Store Your Placenta

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The placenta is a vital player in the generation of new life. This organ is created by your body to provide your fetus with nutrients and oxygen while in the womb. Each placenta is as unique and as individual as the baby itself. After the placenta is done with its roles, some of the moms are not yet done with it.

Some moms want to keep the placenta for birth commemoration while others want to eat it to stave off the after-effects of birth. Here is a look at how to store your placenta.

Store in A Water Tight Container

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Before delivery, you should have a well-secured clean container and a water-tight food storage bag to place your placenta. Also, make sure to ask for a label to put on the bottle to avoid confusion during placenta banking. Upon cutting the umbilical, immediately put the placenta into the bag and then in the box.

Refrigeration

You need to store your placenta in a fridge or a cool bag at temperatures lower than eight degrees within thirty minutes of its birth.When giving birth in a hospital, you should use a cool bag with about six frozen ice packs and keep it with you in the room that you will give birth.

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Place the container with the placenta and the ice packs in the cold bag. Make sure not to leave the bag unattended or anywhere that t may get lost. Wrapping the carrier bag around the placenta box and icepacks helps to keep them in close contact.

Conclusion

If you want to keep your placenta, ensure that your family and delivery team are aware of your birth plan. In case you are giving birth at home, you can store your placenta in the fridge. Put it in a sealed container and put it at the lowest shelf.