While experts say there is little evidence that ingesting placenta truly does bolster a new mum’s health, thousands of women across the globe continue to do it anyway. Like Hilary Duff …
Placentas ‘R’ Us!
The Lizzie McGuire star and her boyfriend Matthew Koma welcomed their first daughter together – Banks – late last month. (Hilary’s also mum to six-year-old Luca who she shares with former husband Mike Comrie.)
Appearing on the podcast Dr Berlin’s Informed Pregnancy, the now mum-of-two got real about placentas, going over how exhausting delivering a placenta can feel, what they look like and … how they taste too!
Birthing her placenta, Hilary admits, was “not that fun. Not what you wanna do after you give birth. You’re like ‘and that?!’ ”
And honestly? We feel you, Hil. There is nothing I have looked forward to less in my life than having a giant organ tugged from my tender and beleaguered nether regions after hours of pushing a person out of my body.
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“They made me a smoothie”
That – and my feelings – aside the incredible superpowers of the amazing placenta have not passed Hilary by.
“They were showing it to me,” she recalled as she chatted how brilliant placentas are. “It looks like a tree of life.”
After Banks arrived, her birthing team popped the (processed?!) placenta into ice cube trays for later use and whipped a drink up for the recovering mum.
“They made me a smoothie,” Hilary reveals, with “lots of berries, lots of fruit juice.”
“It was the most delightful smoothie I’ve ever had,” she said. “I haven’t had a smoothie that delightful since I was 10. year old. It was calorie-filled with juice and fruit and everything delicious.”
Aware that evidence on the benefits of ingesting smoothies is mostly anecdotal, Hilary figured she had little to lose by giving it a crack anyway.
“I was a little wigged out to be honest with you, but then I did research,” and thought “I might as well.”
When Dr Berlin asked her why she didn’t have her placenta made into pills (encapsulated) the Younger star said she had grave misgivings. *cough*
“I heard something weird about the pills,” she admitted. “I’ve heard placenta burps are not ideal… Iron-y. That’s a no from me.”
Sorry not sorry
Hilary’s six-year-old was part curious about the placenta, and part … disgusted.
“Luca said ‘did you keep your placenta?'” and Hilary told him “yes” – and that it was in the freezer.
“He was like ‘in OUR FREEZER?’ ” the little guy asked his mum (with horror?!)
“I showed [the ice cube trays] to him and he said ‘I wish I hadn’t of asked’,” Hilary laughed.
You can listen to the full podcast above.