Fun Fact of the Week December 14
December 14, 2015
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A placenta is an organ that nourishes a developing fetus through an umbilical cord. Placentophagy is eating a placenta after a mammal gives birth to it. Most animals do eat their own placenta but, according to theatlantic.com women who have eaten their own placenta claimed that it improved their moods, balance, and lactation, but some women said that it caused them headaches, constipation and hot flashes.
Some mothers try to eat their own placenta to recover from the birth faster and help to prevent postpartum depression. Some of the most common ways to eat a placenta are in pill form or cooked like any other meat, and if someone has a strong stomach they could even eat it raw. Studies to see if eating a placenta is beneficial or not are on-going, but so far they are inconclusive.