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Celebrities are always up on the latest trends. Holly Madison is one of them. She is saying that she has plans for her placenta after she delivers her baby daughter.

“This might sound gross, but I’m totally planning on having my placenta turned into pills I can take after giving birth,” the former Playboy model, 33, wrote on her blog on Wednesday, Feb. 27. “I heard it helps women recover faster and I want to recover as quickly as I can!”

I have heard of women making soup out of their placenta after giving birth (completely gross in my opinion). I have not heard of making pills out of it and taking them later. Maybe I would do that. The process is called Placenta Encapsulation.

Why would a mother want to consume her placenta in this manner?
The placenta contains a massive amount of crucial hormones and iron that leave our body once the placenta is born. Consuming the placenta in any form can help new mothers maintain their hormone and iron levels in the few weeks after the birth, which can speed healing and help curb fatigue and anxiety.

How does placenta pills help postpartum healing?
The placenta contains at least a half dozen hormones and other natural substances that help the body to recover from birth. Some boost immunity in the new mom, some help lower stress levels, and others encourage the uterus to shrink back to size, which can help prevent excessive postpartum bleeding.

How can placenta pills boost milk supply?
One study showed a very positive increase in milk production for moms consuming dehydrated placenta, probably because it contains Oxytocin, which is responsible for the milk ejection reflex, or “let down.”

What are the methods to encapsulation?
There are two main methods or recipes for encapsulation, and before hiring a professional, ask which methods they offer so you can choose the one you prefer. Each recipe has pros and cons.

RAW Method: This method delivers the highest potency of the pills because it is not cooked before it’s dried, but these pills expire after approximately one year of freezer storage.

Traditional Chinese Medicine Method: This recipe creates a pill that can be stored indefinitely with proper refrigeration, but is less potent than the raw form.

For more information on the benefits of Placenta Encapsulation, check out or the Independent Placenta Encapsulation Network.

I will never forget after I delivered my second son via c-section all the women surgeons and nurses were hovered around me saying ‘wow that is a good looking placenta’ that was the first time I heard anything like that and I guess it was a compliment? Umm thank you. Maybe I would have been a good contender for placenta pills.

Have any other moms out there tried making placenta pills?


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