the tree of life

tree

(from here)

In my prenatal yoga download podcast, toward the end, we do tree pose, which is basically what you see above, sans roots and leaves. I have always loved this pose, until the prenatal teacher stated that the pose reminded her of the placenta, “the tree of life that nourishes your growing baby.”  At that, I almost dry-heaved.  As in, my stomach lurched and I almost fell over.  I realize this is not very amazon-womyn of me, but I am sort of afraid of the placenta. Or maybe just grossed out by it.  I can’t really explain why.

Before I was pregnant, I was one of those people who considered having it made into pills that I could take postpartum. You know, nutrients, whatever. Plus cats eat the placenta, so it must be the thing to do, right?  I am a cat-lover.  But ever since I became pregnant, I can’t handle the thought of growing some gigantic, slippery steak inside my uterus.  If I think about it too much, I become nauseated.  Needless to say, I won’t be posting any pictures of my placenta-prints on Facebook.*

My sister says not to worry about the placenta so much – I probably don’t even have one.  Here’s to hoping.

*DO NOT click that link and scroll down if you also are pregnant and grossed out by the thought of your own placenta. There are photos involved. I just made this mistake and almost lost the General Tso’s chicken I just ate for lunch.

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