As if the nine plus month process of growing a human life inside of you then giving birth wasn't enough, you're then faced with the choice of what to do with your afterbirth. You can leave it to the medical staff to dispose of it, go for the traditional option of burial, or you can follow in the footsteps of celebrities who ate their placenta. Plenty of moms who aren't in the spotlight do this, too, but it seems the trend has skyrocketed in popularity recently.
If you're like me, though, the idea of eating a part of your own body sounds more like a scene out of Saw than anything else. Yet, as with most things, there's really no right or wrong way to go about dealing with your placenta.
The moms I've spoken with who chose to consume their placenta — from encapsulating it in pill form to making it into a smoothie and even eating it on a pizza — all swear by eating the placenta for the potential benefits of improving their mood, regulating hormones, and even having more energy.
Though scientists still don't have firm data for or against the practice, this trend doesn't show any signs of slowing down. Check out these celebrities who ate their placenta.
1. January Jones
In an interview with People, Mad Men's January Jones talked about eating her placenta and the support she had during the process. "I have a great doula who makes sure I’m eating well, with vitamins and teas, and with placenta encapsulation," she said. "It’s something I was very hesitant about, but we’re the only mammals who don’t ingest our own placentas." Clearly she wasn't fazed by the whole placenta consumption thing.
2. Kim Kardashian
In a post on her blog, Kim Kardashian explained why she chose to eat her placenta in pill form, saying she "had great results and felt so energized and didn't have any signs of depression." Perhaps she was following in the footsteps of her big sis.
3. Kourtney Kardashian
Kourtney Kardashian posted a picture of her placenta pills on her Instagram with the caption, "Yummy...PLACENTA pills! No joke...I will be sad when my placenta pills run out. They are life changing!"
4. Alicia Silverstone
Another fan of encapsulating her placenta, New York Daily News reported that someone gifted Alicia Silverstone her own placenta in the form of a pill. " said, "I thought that's harmless," she said. "I'll try it. And I have to tell you that I really loved it."
5. Gaby Hoffman
told In an interview with People, Transparent and Girls star Gaby Hoffman said she made smoothies about out of her placenta. "Placenta, placenta, placenta," she said. "Just eat that s— up, and it does a girl good."
6. Tia Mowry
On their reality show, Tia Mowry-Housley had her placenta prepared for consumption and even got her twin sister in on it by having Tamera Mowry-Hardrict taste it. Twins are super close, right?
7. Holly Madison
According to Us, former The Girls Next Door star Holly Madison ate her placenta to hep in recovery. "I heard [eating your placenta] helps women recover faster and I want to recover as quickly as I can," she said.
8. Mayim Bialik
Blossom and The Big Bang Theory star Mayim Bialik wrote about her placenta eating experience. "It’s good for mammals to eat the placenta and we evolved for that purpose," she said. "I ingested my placenta." Considering Bialik has a Ph.D. in neuroscience from UCLA, she might be onto something.
9. Padma Lakshmi
In an interview with People, Padma Lakshmi said ate her placenta to, "ward off postpartum depression, something I feared more than fatigue." And, based on her post-baby interviews, it seems like it worked.
10. Kim Zolciak
On Bravo's Real Housewives of Atlanta, viewers watched Kim Zolciak and Kroy Biermann consume her placenta in smoothie form. It's one thing when moms do it, but kudos for the dad for getting in on it.
11. Stacy Keibler
According to The Baltimore Sun, model and former wrestler Stacy Keibler was motivated to eat her placenta in large part because she was so health-focused during her pregnancy. Many other women use similar reasoning since they feel their placenta is as natural as can be.