Postpartum placenta consumption has become all the rage over recent years. Stories abound about the benefits of consuming the placenta postpartum. It seems everything from postpartum mental health and energy levels to postpartum nutrient and iron recovery are implicated. Is it safe? Is it effective? What does the research tell us about this practice?
Early research suggested that placentophagia induces lactation and reduces pain. More recent research suggest placental ingestion may offset symptoms of postpartum depression. Until more research is conducted, however, it is a difficult decision, one fraught with controversy. Physicians, hospitals, and regulatory agencies are not sure what to make of these practices. Some are in favor, others are most decidedly against.
If you’re pregnant and considering placental consumption to stave off postpartum health issues, this show is for you. I interview two of the leading experts in the field: Jodi Selander, founder and director of PlacentaBenefits.org and Sharon Young, PhD candidate focused on placental research.
Listen in as we discuss everything from historical and cultural practices, to the most recent research and practical considerations. Hosted on the fantastic network, Fearless Parent Radio:
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