We all have a friend who raves about the physical and mental benefits she derived from gulping down her encapsulated placenta pills each morning after giving birth—and another friend who makes fun of her. All kidding aside, though, women across different eras and cultures have consumed their afterbirth, saying it helps with postpartum recovery, prevents depression, and helps replenish nutrition stores. But in a new scientific setback for the pro-placenta crew, a review of studies just published in the ‘Archives of Women’s Mental Health’ concluded that eating placenta offers no quantifiable benefits, and may even pose risks, as the organ is usually contaminated with heavy metals and bacteria. So what’s a vitamin-depleted new mom to do? Since making a baby uses up the body’s stores, many experts recommend refueling a tired post-natal body with a good multi-vitamin, extra DHA, and as much rest as possible (ha ha, say new parents). Did you or someone you know consume the placenta after giving birth? Did it offer help, or hype? Share your experiences in the comments.
Science Fails to See Benefits of Eating Placenta
February 4, 2017