That is, she’ll have it sent to a special processing center to be cleaned, heated and turned into a powder that will be put into capsules as a supplement.
On her Celebuzz blog yesterday, the Girls Next Door star wrote, “This might sound gross, but I’m totally planning to have my placenta turned into pills I can take after giving birth. I’ve heard it helps women recover faster and I want to recover as quickly as I can!”
She’s not the only one. A growing number of women are choosing to ingest their afterbirth, the organ that feeds the baby and protects it from disease all through pregnancy. Although there’s no definitive scientific proof on the subject, it’s thought that placenta consumption can reduce postpartum mood swings, increase breast milk production and help the uterus return to normal.
Holly isn’t even the first famous mom to try it; January Jones made headlines last year when she announced she had taken placenta capsules after having her son, Xander.
If you think it sounds bizarre, consider that placenta-eating is a common practice in the mammal kingdom. And when you’re an anxious new mother who wants to do what’s best for yourself and your baby, you’ll try just about anything. (When my second child was in breech position, I tried moxibustion – burning smudge sticks near a particular pressure point at the foot – to turn her around. My husband still shakes his head over that.)
Holly asks fellow mothers to share their placenta-pill experiences on her Celebuzz comments section. What would you tell her?
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