Eating the Placenta: Yay or Nay?

So what’s the deal with placenta pills?

Placentophagia – the scientific word for consuming the placenta, usually in reference to animals – is said to alleviate postpartum depression, aid in breastmilk production and lactation, act as a uterine tonic, and replenish nutrients lost during pregnancy.

However, there is no scientific evidence to confirm or refute the benefits of eating placenta (which can actually be consumed in pill form, not necessarily with a side salad).

As it turns out, some of Hollywood’s moms are afterbirth advocates.

Playboy model Holly Madison is the latest celebrity to reveal her plans for her placenta after her daughter arrives within weeks.

“This might sound gross, but I’m totally planning on having my placenta turned into pills I can take after giving birth,” she wrote on her blog.

Posting a picture of placenta pills in a glass jar, she added,  “I heard it helps women recover faster and I want to recover as quickly as I can!”

And she’s not the only high-profile mom speaking out on this topic.

Mad Men star January Jones  – who welcomed son Xander in September 2011 – recommends all moms to preserve their placenta.

“I have a great doula who makes sure I’m eating well, with vitamins and teas, and with placenta capsulation,” the single mom said. “Your placenta gets dehydrated and made into vitamins. It’s something I was very hesitant about, but we’re the only mammals who don’t ingest our own placentas.”

She added: “It’s not witch-crafty or anything! I suggest it to all moms!”

Looking into preserving the afterbirth?

In case you need some cooking inspiration for your placenta, new moms can refer to The Placenta Cookbook, for snack and meal ideas.

While the effects of placenta eating aren’t clinically known, I’m not sure it’s worth the trouble.

After birthing my three kids, I saw the placenta and was shocked at the size! Admittedly, preserving it kind of grosses me out, but I’m open to hearing if it helps.

Did you preserve the afterbirth? Did it help you in the postpartum period?

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