Creative Ways To Eat Your Placenta
The old adage, “you are what you eat,” has taken on a whole new literal meaning in recent years with more women – specifically new celebrity moms – choosing to eat their placenta after giving birth.
The placenta is an organ that develops on the wall of the uterus during pregnancy and acts like a filter, protecting the baby from and getting rid of harmful waste. It also carries nutrients and oxygen to the unborn baby via the umbilical cord.
Placenta eating, known as placentophagy, is far from new. Chinese herbalists have used dried placenta as medicine for centuries. Midwives and doulas also swear by it for its alleged benefits of fighting off postpartum depression, helping women heal from delivery faster and boosting energy levels to name a few.