Uchawi Or Nah! Do You Want To Eat Your Placenta? Here Is Medical Advice About That

‘Eating the placenta borders on cannibalism’, a leading expert has claimed.

The celebrity fad favoured by Kim and Kourtney Kardashian has no health benefits and could be deadly, according to Dr Alex Farr from the Medical University of Vienna.

Although previously praised as a ‘superfood’ that boosts milk production, prevents post-natal depression and aids pregnancy recovery, Dr Farr states nutrients are present in insufficient amounts to have any health benefits.

The placenta may also contain heavy metals, he adds. When ingested, these metals could cause headaches, seizures or even death.

Mothers were recently advised by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention not to eat their placenta after a newborn developed life-threatening blood poisoning passed on from its mother when she took bacteria-contaminated pills.

This comes after pregnant mother-of-three Coleen Rooney, 31, who is married to ex-England football captain Wayne Rooney, told her Twitter followers earlier this week she plans to eat placenta pills after the birth of her new arrival. She has previously said they helped her regain her pre-baby body in past pregnancies.

Kim Kardashian, who is married to Kanye West, is also a fan, taking placenta pills after the birth of her second child Saint.

According to Dr Farr, the placenta contains insufficient levels of nutrients, such as zinc, iron and selenium, to benefit women’s health.

It may also accumulate heavy metals, he adds, which could cause seizures and life-threatening complications if ingested.

Dr Farr said: ‘Medically speaking, the placenta is a waste product.

‘Most mammals eat the placenta after birth, but we can only guess why they do so.

‘After the placenta is genetically part of the newborn, eating the placenta borders on cannibalism.’

This comes after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recent statement warning new mothers not to consume their placenta after a newborn developed life-threatening blood poisoning passed on from its mother when she took tablets contaminated with the sepsis-causing bacteria Streptococcus agalactiae.

Coleen's took placenta pills after the birth of her third son Kit in January of last year

Coleen’s took placenta pills after the birth of her third son Kit in January of last year

Coleen Rooney claims the pills have multiple benefits

It is not the first time Coleen has indulged in the £200-practice, having praised placenta pills for making her more energised, boosting her milk production and helping with weight loss after the birth of her third son Kit in January of last year.

Supporters believe it aids pregnancy recovery 

The placenta is most commonly consumed in capsule form, but can be eaten raw, cooked, dehydrated or in smoothies.

Supporters of the practice often claim the organ contains valuable vitamins and hormones that could boost a new mother’s milk production, prevent post-natal depression, provide energy and aid recovery after pregnancy.

The study’s findings were published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.


Mad Men actress January Jones credits placenta pills for giving her energy after the birth of her son Xander Dane in 2011.

Alicia Silverstone, best known for her role in Clueless, took placenta capsules after having her son Bear Blue in 2011, calling them ‘happy pills’.

In 2013, Playboy model and Hugh Hefner’s ex-girlfriend Holly Madison wrote on her blog saying she was planning on taking placenta pills after the birth of her daughter Rainbow.

After baby number three, Kourtney Kardashian described her placenta pills as ‘life changing’.

Ex-Atomic Kitten star Natasha Hamilton said taking placenta pills ‘was the best money I ever spent’ after having her fourth child.


Eating placenta post-birth has no benefits, researchers say

Eating one’s own placenta after giving birth may be trendy but there is no scientific evidence that women derive any benefits from it, researchers say. A review of 10 previously published studies showed no “human or animal data to support the common claims that eating the placenta — either raw, cooked or encapsulated — offers protection against postpartum depression, reduces post-delivery pain, boosts energy, helps with lactation, promotes skin elasticity, enhances maternal bonding or replenishes iron in the body,” said the study by experts at Northwestern University.

Nor was there any data on the potential risks of the practice, which has been touted by reality show star Kourtney Kardashian, among others. “There are a lot of subjective reports from women who perceived benefits, but there hasn’t been any systematic research investigating the benefits or the risk of placenta ingestion,” said co-author Crystal Clark, assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

“The studies on mice aren’t translatable into human benefits.” The placenta is an organ that develops in the uterus during pregnancy to provide nutrients to the fetus and remove waste products from the infant’s blood. Most mammals, including cats, eat it after birth.

The first documented accounts of women doing it in North America date back to the 1970s, according to the Northwestern study. “The popularity has spiked in the last few years,” Clark said. “Our sense is that people aren’t making this decision based on science or talking with physicians. Some women are making this based on media reports, blogs and websites.”

The study was published June 4 in Archives of Women’s Mental Health.


Mothers leaving their baby’s umbilical cord attached until it falls off (graphic)

An increasing number of women are choosing to leave their newborn baby’s umbilical cord attached, in an all-natural trend called Lotus Birth.

Lotus Birth, or umbilical nonseverance, means the mother waits for the cord to detach from her baby naturally – rather than cutting it off near the stomach after childbirth.

It can take up to 10 days for the placenta and umbilical chord to fall away – and mothers must carry around the matter with their baby as they wait for nature to take its course.

Mary Ceallaigh, a 47-year-old Lotus Birth advocate and Midwife educator, believes the non-traditional practice can help with the mother and baby’s health.

The Texas native, who has helped deliver more than 100 natural births, told The New York Post that keeping the umbilical cord intact can lessen the chance of infection, and ‘allows a complete transfer of placental/cord blood into the baby at a time when the baby needs that nourishment the most.


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