15It Could Be Tainted
Also known as the afterbirth, the placenta is a round, flat organ formed during pregnancy. It connects the baby to the mother, providing oxygen and nutrients while keeping the bloodstreams separate. In essence, it’s a guard that helps the baby to thrive inside of the uterus.
The placenta also acts as
a filter. Not only does it remove waste from the baby’s blood, it also filters toxic, environmental metals such as mercury and lead. These pollutants are absorbed by the placenta.
Besides heavy metals, the placenta can become contaminated during childbirth. In and around the mother’s vagina, the placenta can pick up bacteria, bodily fluids, and feces as it exits the body. In short, the afterbirth is not sterile, and could be harmful if ingested.