New mamas in some cultures have been eating their placentas since the dawn of time!! I just ate my placenta. Well, I drank it, actually, over the course of a month, whipped up in refreshing fruit smoothies. I know, I know: this sounds a little crazy, but new mamas in some cultures have been doing this since the dawn of time, and most other mammals do it, too (though smoothies are a uniquely human twist).
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I first heard about placentophagy (meaning: eating one's placenta) shortly after my first son's birth. I remember thinking, "Why would anyone do that?" But, as I approached my second baby's planned home birth a month ago, I warmed to the idea, having learned the answer to my initial question in the meantime, and having met a few other moms who've done it and sworn it made them feel amazing. Eating the placenta - the organ your body grows to protect and nourish your baby during pregnancy - is reputed to help with everything from breastfeeding success to positive moods and mama-baby bonding. Although the Western medical community hasn't conducted sufficient research to