by Lucinda Loveless
Women eating their placenta isn't new.
Placentophagy as it's known, has been advocated and practiced for years. Studies show that it can help depression, is quite nutritious, increases milk production and even slows postpartum hemorrhage.
January Jones, the beautiful blonde who plays Betty Draper on "Mad Men," was not on Sunday Night's long-awaited premiere. Perhaps she was home enjoying her unusual diet?
The new mom, 34, gave birth to her adorable little guy, Xander last September. She admitted in an interview with People that she eats her own dehydrated placenta.
At first I envisioned something like beef jerky but in fact, it is ground into a powder and encapsulated, which does significantly reduce the "yuck" factor.
Said January, "I have a great doula who makes sure I'm eating well, with vitamins and teas, and with placenta capsulation. It's something I was very hesitant about, but we're the only mammals who don't ingest our own placentas. It's not witch-crafty or anything!" She further said that she recommends it to all moms she meets. One wonders the kinds of looks she must get.
It's quite a stark contrast from the pregnant martini drinking, cigarette smoking mom January portrays on "Mad Men," of course. Somehow, we doubt Betty would be too concerned with taking as great care of herself as January.
What do you think about ingesting your placenta? Would you do it? Have you? And hey, did you catch the "Mad Men" premiere? What did you think?
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