Should You Be Eating Your Placenta?


It seems to be a growing trend among mothers, especially in Hollywood. We’re not talking about bragging about a new piece of “must have” baby gear or some uber cute baby shoes. We’re talking about women who are eating their placenta. Kourtney Kardashian and January Jones are just two big names who are known to have done this as they take on motherhood.

So, why do they do it? Many women believe ingesting the placenta will help battle post-partum depression and even post childbirth pain among other things. But a new study says that may not be the case. Researchers now say there are no known health benefits from eating placenta in any form.

Some women eat the placenta or “afterbirth” as some call it, raw, or in a smoothie. Others bake it into jerky. There are even companies that will dry out the placenta and put it into capsules. Kourtney Kardashian bragged about her placenta pills back in January, calling them “life changing.” She went on to say how sad she was going to be once they were gone.

Researchers are still looking into any possible risks involved in ingesting the placenta. During pregnancy, the placenta helps to weed out toxins. Some worry that those may be passed on to a new mother and her child if she eats her placenta and then breastfeeds. More studies need to be done on this aspect of the placenta eating trend.

Personally, I’m a bit squeamish, so the thought of eating my own placenta in any form is anything but appetizing. I’d also be a bit curious to find out more about the potential risks before I pop a placenta pill, even if the source is coming from my own body.

Of course, if this is something that intrigues you, talk to your doctor about what options are available.

Would you eat your placenta? Have you in the past?