There are some new fads or trends that you just have to shake your head at. While you might be shaking your head, eating your placenta is supposed to be incredibly healthy for you. The topic has popped back up after People Magazine interviewed Mad Men’s January Jones and found out she touts placenta eating as a way to get healthy after giving birth.
Why did January Jones decide to eat her placenta? She tells People herself by saying, “Your placenta gets dehydrated and made into vitamins. 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.” So now that you’ve heard someone famous is doing it are you rubbing your hands together?
The trend really isn’t new and has been done for centuries in other cultures. The new health trend for pregnant mom’s has been building in the United States however and many people are looking into placenta recipes and even services that produce tinctures and capsules for use over time.
Why would someone go to all the trouble of doing something a bit on the bizarre side like eating their own placenta? The benefits are touted as hormone balancing, breast milk production inducing, uterus contraction and nutrient replacement after childbirth. It is said that the hormone balancing can prevent postpartum depression in mothers that have just given birth. We promise that eating human placenta isn’t just a Hollywood created fad!
The medical term for eating a placenta is called Placentophagy. If using homemade recipes for placenta stews, cooking or placenta smoothies really throws you for a loop there is a more acceptable way to eat your placenta from birth. It’s a method that has been used by the Chinese Culture for an extremely long time and is called Placenta Encapsulation. The placenta is made into a powder and put into pills that you can take over a period of time and get the same benefits as eating a raw placenta.
With that said, there are many people doing it the traditional way and we’re going to give you some YouTube videos below for your own placenta eating adventures.
A TIME Magazine Interview of a Placenta Chef
special showing a professional placenta chef come to Joel Stein’s home to prepare his wife’s discarded organ. Not necessarily for the squeamish.
You can read more on Joel’s experience that he had for $275 titled: Afterbirth: It’s What’s For Dinner
A video touting Placenta Pills keeping this mother from Postpartum Depression.
The video description is as follows:
Ever heard of a woman eating her own placenta after having a baby? Women all over the world engage in this strange practice and it is said to have many health benefits. Warding off postpartum depression is one of the most common reasons modern day western women have been seeking this method out and it’s gaining in popularity. Though still many have a hard time finding this anything less than disgusting.
I decided to give eating my placenta a try and this is my story of the whole experience.
Steve Cooks and Eats Nat’s Placenta
Eating Placenta treated as CRIME in Asheville, NC c.2000 Mother’s baby Abducted!
The video description:
Woman giving birth in hospital in Asheville was criminalized for eating her placenta, which is a completely normal, natural, healthy, and responsible thing to do – and it is her RIGHT, it is her BODY, YET they stole her infant away. Tell us your nightmare stories so we can discuss and become better educated as a Society! Thanks.
PS anybody observing animal behaviour (that is mammals) the mother will immediately ingest her own placenta, for the same reasons. It is harmonious and balanced.
Full Placenta Encapsulation Process Part 1 –
How to encapsulate your own placenta at home for way less than anyone would charge you.