Eating your placenta after giving birth has become an acceptable postpartum practice, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is telling people to stop eating this weird meal.
The CDC released a June 30 report in response to the placenta eating trend, saying that eating your placenta does not benefit health in any way and could be dangerous for a child who is nursing. Notable celebrities, including the Kardashian sisters and January Jones, have all eaten their placentas.
Mothers have gone so far as to video how to prepare or cook placenta.
Several companies also make placenta pills at the request of a mother by cleaning and dehydrating it before grinding it into pill capsules, according to IFL Science.
The report says that health officials think placenta capsules may have caused an Oregon baby to get sick and require treatment after they tested the mother’s placenta pills and found that they contained harmful bacteria.
“Placenta ingestion has recently been promoted to postpartum women for its physical and psychological benefits, although scientific evidence to support this is lacking,” the report says. “No standards exist for processing placenta for consumption, [and] encapsulation process does not per se eradicate infectious pathogens; thus, placenta capsule ingestion should be avoided.”
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