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Bees on the TV's: Placenta Eating Kardashians

Posted by Ryan Morgan on August 26, 2013 at 10:47 AM

During Sunday's new episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians, Kim spoke about her desire to eat her own placenta once her baby is born (since this episode was shot, Kim has given birth to a baby girl named North).

The episode arch followed Kourtney and Kim's efforts to buy a placenta online, cook it, and feed it to their family members without their knowledge. No one at the table was happy once they learned what they has just consumed. (SPOILER ALERT: Later in the episode it's revealed that it was not in fact placenta, but a brisket).

This is not the first time we have heard of celebrities eating their placenta following childbirth. In March 2012, January Jones told People Magazine that she ate her placenta to help keep her energy up. "Your placenta gets dehydrated and made into vitamins. We're the only mammals who don't ingest our own placentas. It's not witch-crafty of anything. I suggest it to all moms," Jones said in her interview. The practice is known as Placentophagy. Some argue that the placenta (or afterbirth) contains high levels of hormones that can help with muscle pain after giving birth as well as help the body return to it's pre-pregnancy shape (not for weight loss, but the shrinking of the uterus and smoothing of the mammary cells). 

According to a recent article in the Atlantic, "the modern idea of mothers eating their own placentas didn't really take hold until the 1970s, when Ober reported of "a woman of the counter-culture" who tried it out after giving birth on her commune. (She and her friends, who joined in, called it "wonderfully replenishing and delicious.")" What do you think? Ever thought about eating your placenta?

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