Alright, guys, stick with me here: Kim Kardashian ate her placenta, and before you get all, "WTF is she, some kinda hamster lady??!!" (placenta eating is not even the correct vaguely cannibalistic act you're thinking of, by the way, and also don't click that link if you value your emotional well-being), it's worth noting that human placentophagy, the act of eating a placenta, has been going on for a long-ass time, possibly occurring as far back as 587 B.C. And honestly, it might've been going on even longer than that because who knows what the fuck early humans were doing. They didn't have Instagram, so it's all largely a mystery. The point is, folks have been chowing down on their placentas for a good long time, and Kim Kardashian is just the latest to follow suit.
Kim, who had her placenta encapsulated as opposed to opting for one of the other methods of preparing a placenta for eating, cited its energizing, potentially postpartum depression-offsetting powers for her choice to chow down on her home-grown delicacy.
"I heard so many stories when I was pregnant with North of moms who never ate their placenta with their first baby and then had postpartum depression, but then when they took the pills with their second baby, they did not suffer from depression!"
So I thought, why not try it? What do I have to lose?
Kim went on to point out something about eating her placenta that is a huge positive for so many new moms who choose to do this: A woman's placenta is not only natural, it's natural in a way that is custom-fitted to a specific woman. Kim continued:
"I really didn't want the baby blues and thought I can't go wrong with taking a pill made of my own hormones—made by me, for me ... I started researching and read about so many moms who felt this same way and said the overall healing process was so much easier."
Results of consuming placenta in any form – smoothie, dehydrated and put into capsules, even eaten raw in the hospital room (no, really) — vary from person to person (as is true of basically any holistic or pharmaceutical treatment), but it seems like Kim (along with sister Kourtney, who also had her placenta encapsulated) reaped noticeable benefits:
I had great results and felt so energized and didn't have any signs of depression! ... I definitely had to do it again. Every time I take a pill, I feel a surge of energy and feel really healthy and good. I totally recommend it for anyone considering it!
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