If you’ve been keeping tabs on the pregnancy of Stacy Keibler, the Baltimore-raised actress and former pro wrestler, you may have noticed a mild explosion of articles on the Internet yesterday about her decision to “eat” her placenta following the birth of her daughter. Perez Hilton’s headline was particularly poetic: “Stacy Keibler Is Gonna Gobble Up Her Baby’s Placenta After Giving Birth and There’s Nothing We Could Do to Stop Her!” (C’mon, Perez, don’t give up! There’s still time!)
Okay. So what are you picturing? The placenta thrown into a cast-iron frying pan with some butter and shallots? Or maybe, per Perez Hilton, you’re figuring Keibler will just tear into it raw in a post-partum frenzy.
What Keibler has actually said she plans to do is have the placenta dried, pulverized, and put into capsules like these:
The premise behind placenta encapsulation is that post-partum depression may be caused by a sudden drop in the levels of certain hormones following birth. The placenta being rich in those hormones, consuming it may soften the blow. Advocates of the practice also believe it can increase breastmilk production, relieve stress, and replenish nutrients.
I certainly can’t debate the science of it, which is disputed, but as much as we might like to present it as some kind of savage freakshow, it’s actually pretty tame.
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