Hey, moms: eating your placenta could sicken or kill your baby

Raw, cooked, dehydrated, or steamed placentas: More American mothers are eating the organ that supports their babies after childbirth.

There’s just one problem: There’s no good evidence that placentophagy — eating one’s own placenta — actually carries any of these health benefits. And a new report suggests moms who engage in the practice may actually harm their newborn babies.

An online survey of the prevalence of placenta eating after birth found it’s mostly white women who partake in placentophagy — and the practice has been growing in popularity in recent years. Women report hearing about placenta eating in the media, from the likes of celebrity moms Kim and Kourtney Kardashian, January Jones, and Alicia Silverstonewho have been touting the benefits of ingesting placenta over the past couple of years.

Read more on https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2017/7/3/15916358/eating-placenta-health-risks

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