Want to ward off the baby blues? After birth, have some afterbirth.
We were kind of freaked out to read about a strange placenta ritual on MSNBC.com. It seems some women, upon giving birth, insist on eating the placenta—a behavior more commonly practiced by our furry animal friends. Sounds weird, and, well actually it is. Nonetheless, some new mothers swear that by ingesting the uterine lining, they ward off those postpartum blues.
But friend of Mom•Logic OB/GYN Dr. Hilda Hutcherson has her doubts. “There are no hormones in placenta that aren’t already in the blood stream,” she says. She also points out the lack of research on the subject. “I don’t think there are very many women who are going to volunteer for a study where they have to eat their own placenta.” You got that right!
Although Placentophagy, the practice of making yourself a nice plate of placenta, is still relatively rare, there are plenty of recipes available online from pizza to pasta. We can only hope there aren’t any holiday recipes out there for Placenta Pie or Placenta Latkes.