Placentophagia. Like it or not, it’s a trend that’s officially here to stay, thanks, in part, to folks like Kim Kardashian West hopping on the happy hormone bandwagon.
“So, I’m really not this holistic person or someone who would have ever considered eating my placenta,” the new mother of two wrote in a blog post titled “Eating My Placenta.” “And when I say ‘eat my placenta,’ I mean that I’m having it freeze-dried and made into a pill form—not actually fry it like a steak and eat it (which some people do, BTW).”
West even shared a photo of the pills on her Instagram feed.
Her reasons for consuming her placenta post-birth of her son, Saint, on December 5, are noble. “I really didn’t want the baby blues and thought I can’t go wrong with taking a pill made of my own hormones—made by me, for me,” she wrote. “I started researching and read about so many moms who felt this same way and said the overall healing process was so much easier.”
It appears that this isn’t the first time she’s consumed her placenta, either. According to her blog post, she also consumed her placenta after the birth of her daughter, North, in 2013.
“I had great results and felt so energized and didn’t have any signs of depression!” she wrote. “I definitely had to do it again. Every time I take a pill, I feel a surge of energy and feel really healthy and good. I totally recommend it for anyone considering it!”