Except that plenty of women, in their right mind, consume their placenta after giving birth.
A year ago you wouldn't have caught me dead even talking about consuming placenta pills and you know why? Because I thought it was so gross and weird.
Today, I'm so into it!
How did I get to this point?
My mind was changed by listening. There's actually zero scientific evidence supporting the claims that eating any form of your placenta after birth is helpful. This is most likely because the only person who will every benefit from it, is the postpartum mother. No doctor, company or business will ever "make it rich" on preparing and trying to sell placenta pills so no one is willing to put in the time and money it takes to do the study.
But women talk. We talk a lot. And as a Postpartum Placenta Specialist, I've been listening.
Women are raving over the affects that placenta consumption has on their life postpartum.
I need to spell something out though, consuming the placenta WILL NOT get rid of postpartum depression. There may be some improvements overall to your mood but if you are experiencing postpartum depression or any symptoms of PMAD (perinatal mood and anxiety disorder) it is crucial that you go see your doctor immediately.
Things like more energy, better milk supply, less baby blues and an overall happy countenance are the things that I'm seeing new moms talk about in relation to placenta consumption. Tell any new mom that a new vitamin could help with any of these things and I can almost guarantee you will get a resounding "yes please!!"
If it makes you feel better to think about your placenta pills as a postnatal vitamin, then think that way. Theres a 98% chance that it will be worth it in the end.
Authored by: Samantha Moore