Kim Kardashian West is taking the unusual step of ‘eating’ her placenta in a bid to reduce her chances of experiencing postnatal depression after the birth of her second child.
Placentophagy, or eating placenta, is becoming something of a growing trend with Kourtney Kardashian and the actress January Jones both praising its reported effects. Those who eat placenta claim it contains nutrients usually passed between mother and foetus during pregnancy and can also aid milk production.
Women (and some men) consume the placenta in a number of ways: by making a smoothie within hours after giving birth, by placing a piece of it in their gums, or by having it dried and made into pills to be taken each day.
Kardashian West revealed her unusual decision in a post on her app, where she explained she had also eaten her placenta after the birth of her first child North West. She claims the tablets give her a “surge of energy” and make her feel “really healthy and good”.
“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),” she wrote.