Hilary Duff ate her own placenta after giving birth to her second child and first daughter, Banks Violet Bair, in late October.
The Placenta Recipe:
The 31-year-old actress, singer and entrepreneur opened up about her experience in a podcast with Informed Pregnancy Podcast host Dr Elliot Berlin, released earlier this month. Likeany smoothie recipe, she blitzed up some fruit, poured in a little juice and, get this, threw in bits of her own placenta – the organ which develops in the uterus to deliver oxygen and nutrients to the fetus – before drinking up. Then, she poured the leftovers in an ice cube tray and froze them for later.
What Did It Taste Like?
The new mom of two described the placenta-filled drink as the “most delightful smoothie” she had ever had. In fact, she said she had never tasted anything quite like it (you don’t say!): “I haven’t had a smoothie that delightful since I was 10. It was calorie-filled with juice and fruit and everything delicious.”
While Hilary admitted to being “a little wigged out” at first, theories that placenta ingestion could prevent postpartum depression and stop post birth bleeding convinced her to give it a try. The celeb mom had already drank three smoothies by the time the podcast was released, and she said she felt great.
Some swear by the benefits of placentophagy (a fancy medical term for “eating placenta”), but there aren’t any conclusive studies yet. In fact, some doctors and health agencies consider it risky. “I did research and none of it’s, like, totally proven, but I don’t know — I’ve already gone down this road of doing all this different stuff,” Duff explained in the podcast. “I’m like, I might as well.”
The Younger star is not the first celebrity who has opted to eat her own placenta after giving birth – stars like Chrissy Teigen, Kim Kardashian West, Kourtney Kardashian, January Jones, Gabby Hoffman and Alicia Silverstone have all talked about the so-called benefits of afterbirth consumption, be it in a smoothie, raw, cooked (like a piece of steak!), or in pill form.
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