Are celebrities who consume their placenta helping to make the practice more popular?
They certainly generate more inquiries for me when it hits social media. Let's take a look at some famous women who have practiced placentophagy and what they thought of it.
At around $200-$300 it might be an affordable way to keep up with the Kardashians!
Who's done it?
Holly Madison from Girls Next Door said "This might sound gross, but I’m totally planning on having my placenta turned into pills I can take after giving birth. I heard it helps women recover faster and I want to recover as quickly as I can!"
Gaby Hoffman consumed her placenta in smoothies "“I made smoothies out of it for three weeks. I had a home birth, so my midwife and my doula took it and cut it up into 20 pieces and froze it, and every day, I put it in a blender with strawberries and blueberries and guava juice and a banana, and I drank that shit up.” She was also noted as saying it does a girl good and boosted her energy and milk supply.
Alicia Silverstone's husband obviously noted a difference in his wife when she was taking them "I've got to the point that my husband said, 'Did you have your happy pills today?'" Silverstone said on Live! with Kelly and Michael. "And I was really sad when they were gone. It really helped me."
"Yummy...PLACENTA pills! No joke...I will be sad when my placenta pills run out. They are life changing! #benefits #lookitup!" wrote Kourtney Kardashian on her Instagram account
Natasha Hamilton from Atomic Kitten who also had a homebirth "It was something that my midwife told me about placenta encapsulation. Someone takes it away, dehydrates it and adds some Chinese herbs. It is put in capsules so you can take between three and six a day. It's to help bring in your milk supply and I was going to be breastfeeding anyway so I thought, "Well, fantastic". It can also help against post-natal depression. And for me, that’s something I had in the past and it was a no-brainer to take it.
It had absolutely no taste whatsoever. As I say, it was in a little capsule. I took it with water. And obviously, depending on the size of the placenta, you only get so many."
Mayim Bialik talks about ingesting your placenta on her blog stating "Human beings are the only mammals that have chosen to not routinely ingest their placenta, which is consumed by every other mammal for its protein and iron-rich properties that are critical in helping the mother’s body recuperate after giving birth. End of story."
Kim Kardashian "I had great results and felt so energised and didn’t have any signs of depression!” she gushed. “I definitely had to do it again. Every time I take a pill, I feel a surge of energy and feel really healthy and good. I totally recommend it for anyone considering it!"
January Jones "It’s something I was very hesitant about, but we’re the only mammals who don’t ingest our own placentas. It’s not witch-crafty or anything! I suggest it to all moms!"
Teen Mom's Kailyn Lowry posted pics up on her Instagram and tweeted "For those wondering, I'm feeling pretty good so far taking my placenta pills." Lowry tweeted the next day. "No negative side effects!"
Check out these stats
Just a couple examples of how my website stats jump up when the Kardashians posted about their placenta capsules
I'd love to know your opinion. Do you think placentophagy has become more popular because people want to copy celebrities or do they help bring awareness about this option for a more positive postpartum?
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Kelly Harper is the owner of Elemental Beginnings Doula & Placenta Services in Adelaide. She provides placenta encapsulation and doula services to families during pregnancy, birth and in their fourth trimester.