Placentophagy

Placentophagy

Placentophagy: eating one’s placenta has gained in popularity recently. There are very few studies to determine whether this is an effective or safe practice. A recent study entitled “Understanding Placentophagy”, showed that most women who engaged in placentophagy did it for the perceived benefit of reducing their risk of postpartum depression or postpartum anemia (low blood count). However, a study done in 2017 showed women who ate their placenta had no increase in mood, bonding with their infant, or fatigue level. And another study showed no increase in iron levels following placentophagy. ▪️
Unfortunately, the process of encapsulating placentas is unregulated and therefore the safety of removing toxins and infections is not standard. The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, recently put out a warning, after a newborn was found to have the same maternal infection that was found in the placenta, that infections may not be removed in the encapsulation process. Before efficacy trials can be done, a standardized approach to creating placenta capsules must be organized and regulated. ▪️
In conclusion, no studies have shown a consistent benefit of ingesting placenta products to date, and unfortunately there are risks of this practice as the process of encapsulation is not regulated so it is unclear what safety precautions are taken by these companies. If this is something you are interested in please discuss the risks and benefits with your maternity care practitioner!

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