Placenta: Would you eat yours?

Is anyone else intrigued? We are too, especially with celebrities like Kim Kardashian and now Colleen Rooney sharing the fact that they are eating their placenta.  Time for some further investigation!

Placentophagy (yes, there really is a name for it) in simple terms, is the ingestion of placenta postpartum or after birth.  And while it has been getting a lot of buzz lately, it’s not a new thing. Most other mammals routinely eat their placenta afterbirth.

In theory, eating placentas seems to make some sense. After all, the placenta is a baby’s power pack in your womb, providing your little one with all the vitamins, minerals, and nutrients to grow from just a few cells to a little human.

The claimed benefits include:

  • Increased energy
  • Increased milk supply
  • Increased iron levels
  • Quicker post-natal recovery and reduced blood loss
  • Helps avoid the baby blues (post natal depression)
  • Reduces hair loss
  • Improve skin, hair and nails

But all of these are only if you eat your own!

There are many ways that new mums can do this. You can eat it raw or cooked or the most popular method thanks to our celebrity friends is encapsulation. The process involves drying out your placenta and then grinding it into a powder to place in capsules, to be taken like a multivitamin tablet.

There no scientific evidence to back this up yet, so if you’re interested you’ll just have to take some other Mum’s word for it!

There are a number of encapsulation services around Ireland, and with a lot of people already jumping on the band wagon, there are also other services being offered all around the country. You can get placenta smoothie, tincture, essence (also known as your own tailor-made rescue remedy), balm or even cosmetic cream.

Are you convinced?

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