Why This 'Girls' Star Made Smoothies With Her Placenta
While you might be revving your blender in an effort to simplyÂ squeeze more fruits and veggies into your diet, Girls star (and new mom) Gaby Hoffmann has been addingÂ a surprising "super" ingredient to her own blended concoctions: bits of her placenta.
Yes, that placenta. As in the bodily organ that attaches to the umbilical cord in the womb.
Hoffmann told People on Monday night, â€œPlacenta, placenta, placenta. Just eat that shâ€“ up, and it does a girl good!â€ The actress, who gave birth to daughter Rosemary on November 19, said she made theÂ placenta smoothiesÂ for three weeks to bounce back after labor. She said it boosted her milk supply and gave her more energy.
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â€œI had a home birth, so my midwife and my doula took [the placenta] and cut it up into 20 pieces and froze it, and every day, I put it in a blender with strawberries and blueberries and guava juice and a banana, and I drank that shâ€“ up,â€ she added.
Some believe that eating placenta can helpÂ you slim down faster after pregnancy and fight off postpartum depression, but thereâ€™s no scientific evidence to support any health claims,Â Rachel Vreeman, MD, assistant professor at Indiana University School of Medicine and co-author ofÂ Don't Swallow Your Gum ($11, amazon.com) once explained to Health. For every woman who says it helped, there are others whoÂ say that downing their own afterbirthâ€”in pill form, at leastâ€”worsened their post-pregnancy symptoms.
Hoffmann isnâ€™t the first celebrity mom to vouch for the pros of placenta-eating: Mad Men's January Jones poppedÂ dehydrated placenta pillsÂ after giving birth to her son in 2011. â€œItâ€™s a very civilized thing that can help women with depression or fatigue. I was never depressed or sad or down after the baby was born, so Iâ€™d highly suggest it to any pregnant woman,â€ sheÂ told Glamour UK in 2013. The problem?Â Dehydrating or cooking placenta negates any potentially beneficial chemicals or hormones, Dr. Vreeman says.
All that said, there aren't any signs that downing your placenta (via smoothies or otherwise) can hurt you. So...to each her own, we guess?