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Old Jul 8th, 2010, 10:24 AM   31
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Almost wishing I hadn't read this - don't think I could bear to give up my diet coke too (even my meagre caffeine-driven ration)!

Does anyone know if the blackened placenta is actually a bad thing though? I know it sounds gross but is it actually harmful to the baby or could it just be a harmless discolouration? If coke was so bad (caffeine aside) you'd think we'd have heard this before - you do hear about everything else after all!



 
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Old Jul 8th, 2010, 11:41 AM   32
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hmmm im not too sure hun tbh, i agree about the coke thing, i never knew how bad it is, i hardly drink it myself but love a cold glass with lots of ice when i go out!



 
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Old Jul 8th, 2010, 13:35 PM   33
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You can actually tell on the scans by looking at the placenta. Heavy smokers/unhealthy placentas look all bitty and calcified, not nice and smooth like a healthy placenta.



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Old Jul 8th, 2010, 13:42 PM   34
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Hi

I drank coke a lot in my last pregnancy (especially at the end) and my placenta was as healthy as anything completely smooth; the right colour etc, it could have been a placenta model lol, my son prior to that was late and they said they were surprised the placenta wasn't gritty or deteriorating at all as that is extremely common with babies a full two weeks overdue; they said a lot of times those placentas are black with bits coming off, yuck.

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Old Jul 8th, 2010, 15:48 PM   35
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Wow ur poor nephew that's crazy I think there should be some law on women smoking during pregnancy



 
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Old Jul 8th, 2010, 22:07 PM   36
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Just thought I would mention that (from what we learnt at college) Diet coke is really bad for you anyway as it's full of carcinogenics (sp?) which can basically cause cancer. I stick to regular coke when I do have it (very rarely to be honest) as it's much healthier!xx



 
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Old Jul 8th, 2010, 22:48 PM   37
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as far as i no smoking is a major cause of black placenta



 
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Old Jul 12th, 2010, 04:50 AM   38
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Just thought I would mention that (from what we learnt at college) Diet coke is really bad for you anyway as it's full of carcinogenics (sp?) which can basically cause cancer. I stick to regular coke when I do have it (very rarely to be honest) as it's much healthier!xx
Yes, its the aspartame in it (a sweetener). Terrible stuff. Its in all "no added sugar" drinks too, and most cordials, apart from High juice x



 
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Old Aug 23rd, 2010, 11:00 AM   39
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True


Yeah I had my child when i was 19. he is 18
months now. i stupidly smoked and drank all the way through pregnancy and when the placenta came out it was black (he was 3weeks early too as the cigarettes had killed the placenta basically) . the midwife knew straight away i had smoked and i felt overwhelming guilt which i still feel to this day. i am just so grateful that he has nothing serious wrong with him, such as fetl alcohol syndrome, which he would have to cope with for the rest of his life. luckily he is a happy healthy toddler now but iits just not worth the risk-i feel so stupid and selfish. ive now stopped smoking and barely drink and wouldnt dare consider doing either if i fell pregnant again.



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Old Aug 23rd, 2010, 11:27 AM   40
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Just popping by to wish you congratulations on your new newphew!!

Also - I hung out with my girlfriend this weekend and she will often take her friends' placentas after birth, dry them, and then make them into pills for the women to take. Apparently it has amazing benefits.

Anyways... she said that the placentas of smoking women are not really black, but that they are really stinky. Gross...

Edited to add that maybe every woman is different and their bodies are better able to filter things out, which might be why some placentas are black and gritty and others are healthy?



 
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