Celebrities like January Jones, Gaby Hoffmann, and Kourtney Kardashian have been known to sing the praises of eating their own placenta after giving birth, whether dehydrated in a pill or blended into a smoothie.
This practice is often recommended as a treatment for postpartum depression and a way to hasten recovery post-labor by helping the uterus contract.
However, researchers at Northwestern University reviewed ten studies on the topic and found that there's actually no evidence that eating your placenta can help with anything at all — be it depression, lactation, maternal bonding, or pain relief.
But following the birth of her second child Saint, Kim Kardashian has decided to hop on the bandwagon anyway.
My experience eating my placenta is up on my app! https://t.co/0aC3YXxIgv pic.twitter.com/xcCEtVCvzb
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) December 14, 2015
Kardashian wrote on her website that she's had her placenta freeze-dried and put into capsules, which she's been swallowing daily for a boost of energy and to keep postpartum depression at bay. "Every time I take a pill, I feel a surge of energy and feel really healthy and good," she writes. "I totally recommend it for anyone considering it!"
"I really didn't want the baby blues and thought I can't go wrong with taking a pill made of my own hormones — made by me, for me," she continues. "I started researching and read about so many moms who felt this same way and said the overall healing process was so much easier."
Well, if she believes they're making her feel better, then good for her. But taking a pill just because a celebrity endorsed it probably isn't the wisest move — so if this is something that interests you, consider talking to your doctor about it. Not that pan-frying some afterbirth in a little butter doesn't sound positively scrumptious.
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