Yes, eating your placenta, also known as placentophagy, might sound a little taboo to some people but believe it or not, it is a real thing and it has become increasingly popular over recent years. It can be dried and made into pills, blended into smoothies, or even cooked like real meat to be put into meals like spaghetti for example. Just ask actress January Jones who gained notoriety for having her placenta made into pills that she took after having her son.

Why Should You Eat Your Placenta?

Before your little one’s internal organs begin to develop, the nutrient dense placenta has already started to form. It is the lifeline between mom and baby, transferring essential vitamins, oxygen, and hormones to him or her. The placenta also takes care of removing any waste when the baby starts to have bowel movements in utero. It is full of hormones progesterone, estrogen, and rich in vitamin B6, B12 and iron. After you give birth, it is removed, whether that is done vaginally or performed by a doctor after a C-section.

Benefits of Eating Your Placenta

One of the biggest reasons advocates give for eating your placenta is that it can decrease your risk for getting the “baby blues,” also known as postpartum depression (PPD). Eating your placenta has also been linked to a lesser chance of insomnia and bigger boost in energy. What new mommy doesn’t need more energy with a newborn? If you are breastfeeding, we have good news. Eating your placenta has also been connected to potentially increasing new mothers’ breast milk supply.

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