Well, truth be told, the jury is still out on the validity of these claims - BUT, that hasn’t stopped a bunch of celebrity mums like Hilary Duff, Katherine Heigl and Kourtney Kardashian from adopting the practice. Hell, even food blogger Ella Mills (aka, Deliciously Ella) is on board. On Wednesday, the 28-year-old who gave birth to baby Skye in July, shared the intriguing titbit via her IG Stories.
When asked by one of her 1.6mil followers whether she encapsulated her placenta and her thoughts on the controversial claims around it, she wrote:
“I did. I actually had a placenta smoothie too. I did lots of research and found it pretty inconclusive, but a few people said it helped them & I felt there wasn’t much to lose in trying.”
In actual fact, in some cases eating your placenta can be harmful to the health of both mum and bub. In one study out of the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention a five-day-old baby contracted a bacterial infection called group B streptococcus (GBS) (which is found in the vagina or rectum of a quarter of healthy women) after its mother took placenta pills. Contamination is also cause for concern, specifically with how the placenta is handled and stored post-birth; it needs to be dried and ground up before it can be encapsulated.
Thankfully, Ella didn’t have any of these complications.
“I have no idea if it helped but my mood has been so much more stable than I expected and I haven’t experienced the blues really,” she explained. “I do wonder if it helped with that as everyone said I’d cry a lot on days ¾ especially and just had no inclination to but I really don’t know if it’s down to taking the placenta pills, placebo or having great support.”
Either way, we’re glad it all worked out in the end, Ella. Here’s to a continued smooth recovery!