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Ladies, after giving birth, would you eat your own Placenta?

posted 3/27/2012 7:40:08 AM |
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Most mammals eat their own placenta after giving birth and according to "Mad Men's" January Jones, more women should try ingesting their offspring's afterbirth as well.

Speaking at a press junket before the show's season premiere, the actress told People magazine that she pops a dehydrated placenta capsule when she's feeling tired or blue. "Its not witch-crafty or anything, I suggest it to all moms!" Jones enthused. Since the 34 year-old single mom was able to return to the set about seven weeks after her son Xander was born, her controversial elixir may be working.

There is little scientific evidence to show any benefits to eating placenta, but advocates say that it helps increase milk flow and ease post-partum depression. Speaking with the BBC, obstetrician Maggie Blott explained, "Animals eat their placenta to get nutrition--but when people are already well-nourished, there is no benefit, there is no reason to do it."

Still, there is a growing trend of parents asking to take home the placenta and a coterie of professionals who will prepare it. They believe that consuming it has a positive effect on the mother's immune system and mood. Speaking with New York magazine in 2011, Jennifer Mayer, owner of Brooklyn Placenta Services called placenta capsules "happy pills." In a not-for-the-squeamish 2009 video for TIME, reporter Joel Stein documented a "placenta encapsulation specialist" who cleaned, cooked, dehydrated, and ground his baby boy's afterbirth to make pills for his wife. "Its kind of wimpy," Stein quipped, "she should be able to eat it like a steak."

In fact, some moms do eat placenta in its natural state. The Internet offers a host of recipes such as roast placenta, placenta, spaghetti, and placenta pizza. Somehow we don't think Jones's frosty character Betty Draper Francis would approve. Unless perhaps, it was shaken into a stiff gimlet cocktail.

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Mar 27 @ 10:44AM  
That just sound gross.

It may be that it is "good" for nutrients and all..but, yuk. I just can't get past the ick of it all. That's just me.

Mar 27 @ 11:21AM  
If it would help with the post partum depression I suffered, I would eat it raw.

Mar 27 @ 12:26PM  


Mar 27 @ 12:30PM  
The one, the only Straddle

Mar 27 @ 5:52PM  

I won't eat liver .... no way on that!!! .

Mar 27 @ 7:21PM  
The one, the only Straddle
Amen!!! Plz don't Change!!!

Mar 27 @ 7:32PM  
Oh, come on. Around here, I've had women Beoitch about Red Lobster and Olive Garden.


Mar 27 @ 8:40PM  
oh hell no ,as for going back to work 7 weeks after giving birth knows a few who has done it alot sooner work that is.

Apr 12 @ 1:22AM  
After giving it some thought, I have realized that most humans do indulge in this practice. Many on a daily basis. Sometimes several times a day. Yup, do y'all realize what you've been eating.......

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Ladies, after giving birth, would you eat your own Placenta?