There are a lot of different things that different moms try to do in order to make sure that they are able to get the best benefits out of their pregnancy. One of those things that have become really trendy in recent months is eating the placenta, either by feasting on it or by taking pills that have it infused in them. Either way, it’s a really important trend to watch, and there are studies that are coming out now that suggest that there is absolutely no benefit to ingesting it and that Moms should be a little more careful when it comes to what they’re putting inside their bodies during the process of nursing their little ones.
Those same studies are also suggesting that the placentas actually may have a number of toxins in them, which could be dangerous for both mom and baby as well as a reason to visit the eye doctor from infections that can happen. This is still not totally substantiated by science at this point, but it definitely is a case where there needs to be further study and that some moms may want to take a moment and rethink their choices in this area, at least until the research becomes more detailed and we get more definite answers about the whole thing and how it can help or hurt the mother and the child.
Why did mothers do it in the first place? Because there were some claims that said, in short, that mothers were going to be able to get a lot of essential nutrients of all types from eating the placenta after their children were born. This was based on a number of things, including the fact that many animals do the same exact thing when their young are born, and that there are benefits to them when they do it. Like we said above, that didn’t have a lot of research behind it at that point either, so it’s important to look at the whole thing critically before you decide to do it or avoid it.
What do you think? Do you think that the placenta ingestion is a good thing, or that more research needs to be done before any sort of determination can be made? Have you considered doing it at all, or do you think it’s a type of “pop medicine” that really doesn’t have a lot of backing in science? It’s an interesting topic to explore and think about.