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What Are the Pros and Cons of Eating Placenta?

Anna T.
Updated Mar 03, 2024
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A small number of women choose to participate in the controversial practice of consuming their placentas after giving birth. Some women believe that placental consumption is beneficial because of all the nutrients it contains, and women who eat it might think that they are replenishing some of the nutrients they lost during childbirth. Other alleged benefits of eating placenta include better breast milk production and a decrease in the likelihood of developing postpartum depression. There are many people who are opposed to eating placenta because they believe that it is very unappetizing and could technically be considered a form of cannibalism. Many people also think that there is no reason to eat placenta and that the supposed health benefits do not actually exist.

It is true that the placenta contains estrogen and progesterone, and it might be possible for the presence of these hormones in a woman's body after childbirth to help some with postpartum depression because of how wildly hormone levels tend to fluctuate just after giving birth. Eating placenta is a common practice within some cultures, but women rarely do it in Western civilization. It also is a fact that most mammals eat their placentas, and women who choose to eat theirs tend to use this along with the fact that women in other cultures eat placenta as arguments to defend their choice.

The majority of women do not bother with eating placenta because they believe it would taste bad, either cooked or raw, and because they don't see any benefit in doing so. Another school of thought is that eating placenta is actually cannibalism because it is a part of the human body. People who are in favor of consuming the placenta counter the cannibalism accusation by arguing that eating it does not actually harm anyone because it is a part of the body that is no longer needed.

There have been very few studies done on the benefits of placental consumption, and the research as of 2011 does not indicate that eating it would be especially beneficial for a woman who has just given birth. The general consensus by the scientific community was that consuming this part of the afterbirth is actually neither harmful nor particularly helpful. A woman who is considering this practice after she gives birth should make her choice based on the advice of her doctor and her personal feelings on the subject.

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Anna T.
By Anna T.
Anna Thurman is a skilled writer who lends her talents to The Health Board. Her ability to research and present information in an engaging and accessible manner allows her to create content that resonates with readers across a wide range of subjects.

Discussion Comments

By SarahGen — On Feb 13, 2014

@donasmrs-- What you experienced could be a placebo effect too. I have not seen any scientific studies showing that eating a placenta is beneficial.

I saw my placenta after giving birth and it was far from appetizing. I'd rather take vitamin and mineral supplements. But to each his own.

By donasmrs — On Feb 13, 2014

I had my placenta made into supplements with my last child and I did take them. I know that many women would not want to do this but I had severe depression after my first and second child. I also could not breastfeed them for very long. So when I got pregnant with the third, I decided to give placenta a chance.

The capsules had no taste whatsoever and they really worked for me. I did not have depression with my third child and I actually breastfed her for longer than a year.

So I think that eating the placenta should be an option for mothers who have postpartum issues. No one has to eat it raw or cooked, like a food. I think it should be taken as a capsule supplement.

By stoneMason — On Feb 12, 2014

I personally think that eating placenta after birth would be harmful because of the hormones it contains.

I think that we as a society are starting to undermine how well functioning and how intelligent the human body is. Postpartum depression and deficiencies did not occur recently. It has been occurring to women since centuries. Our body has the ability to recover and re-balance itself alone, with the help of a healthy diet, plenty of water and by staying away from stress. New mothers do not need to eat their own placenta to recover from childbirth. It's unnecessary and I'm sure that the excess hormones will cause negative side effects.

Anna T.

Anna T.

Anna Thurman is a skilled writer who lends her talents to The Health Board. Her ability to research and present information in an engaging and accessible manner allows her to create content that resonates with readers across a wide range of subjects.
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