what it is.

Socialites Kim and Kourtney Kardashian and one of The Real Housewives of Atlanta did it. Former Playboy Bunny Holly Madison did it. A long list of actresses such as Alicia Silverstone, Tamara Mowery, January Jones (Mad Men,) and Mayim Bialik (The Big Bang Theory,) had it in pills while Gaby Hoffman (Girls, Transparent) "drank that shit up."

But it's not just for celebrities. In fact that neighbor who always seems to have her babe wrapped around her in a gorgeously colored baby carrier and that other perfectly put together neighbor with perfect hair that seemed to have her pre-baby body back immediately probably did it too. So what is it? Magic? Drugs? Nope. It's eating your placenta. 

Placentophagy is the act of consuming your placenta in some form such as pills, smoothies, soups, or even chocolate truffles. Largely due to social stigma, humans are the only placental mammals that do not regularly consume their placentas. This amazing organ that has nourished your baby (or babies) for their stay in your womb still contains vital vitamins and balancing hormones after delivering; consuming your placenta replenishes your postpartum body with many of the nutrients it needs. The most commonly experienced benefits of placenta consumption are: 

  • increased energy
  • decreased risk of postpartum depression
  • replaced iron 
  • increased milk supply
  • balanced hormones
  • natural, personalized pain relief 
  • less bleeding postnatally
  • easing into returned menstrual cycle 
  • relaxation in stressful transitions
  • ease into menopause (tincture only) 

process.

step 1.

When I first get your placenta, I inspect to make sure there are no issues that deem your placenta un-edible or unsafe for consumption. I then separate the two layers if the amniotic sac because the first layer is over the vein structure on the fetal side you see to the left. 

step 2. 

After inspecting, I then make keepsake prints of your placenta. I lay watercolor paper over it, press, peel it off and have a gorgeous print! I then use concentrated food coloring gels to make a beautiful color print for you as well. 

step 3. 

I slice up your placenta like a piece of steak and put it in a dehydrator. Usually it takes about 24-30ish hours, depending on humidity, blood content, thickness, etc. Waiting game! 

step 4. 

I take the dried pieces of placenta and grind them into a very fine powder. I use a fancy capsule filling machine to fill multiple capsules at a time. (Note: I only use vegetable based capsules.)

 

If my information and Kim's trending #placenta hasn't sold you, check out my favorite resources below for more legitimate information.

Resources:

  1. Placenta Wise research studies
  2. Placenta Benefits
  3. International Placenta & Postpartum Association (IPPA)