Mums Reveal What Eating Your Placenta REALLY Tastes Like
It’s not that new of a trend now, because women eating their placenta after childbirth has been around for a while now.
The new part is, the different ways in which women are digesting it; from pills - to smoothies.
Kim Kardashian revealed after the birth of her daughter, North, that she would take a ‘placenta pill’ in a bid to ward off post natal depression. Sister Kourtney is also a HUGE fan!
She believed she felt all the better for it.
In fact, many mums claim that eating your placenta, whatever form you choose, helps with mood swings, breastfeeding, and postpartum healing.
Encapsulation (where the placenta is powered and made into a pill) is very popular, but there are other ways too.
Check out how these mums told Cosmopolitan did it - and what it tasted like.
1. "I ate my placenta raw in multiple smoothies. Texturally, it wasn't any different than any other icy smoothie you would get at like a Jamba Juice. The only taste difference I had was in one of them where I added a few extra pieces of placenta, it had more of an iron taste. Otherwise I could taste no difference. Just tasted like a delicious fruit smoothie." —Crysta, 30
2. "I actually had my placenta encapsulated, which in theory means that I shouldn't have had to taste it. Unfortunately, I have an intense phobia of choking and subsequently of swallowing pills. So every time I took one of my placenta pills, I had to open up the capsule and sprinkle the dehydrated placenta powder into food and eat it. I ate placenta in yogurt, ice cream, applesauce and even mashed potatoes. I'll admit that the taste was a little gag-inducing at first, but I think that was mostly because I knew what I was ingesting. The taste was sort of like blood ... or pennies. Really iron-y. After a while, I got used to it." —Lauren, 31
3. "I had a wonderful midwife team who prepared the placenta by cutting it into small, mini pill-sized bites, and freezing the small pieces in the freezer. There was no smell, but I found they defrosted very quickly, so there was no waiting when I took them out of the freezer. I had the same idea about taking the placenta as taking a shot of tequila. I would place it in the back of my throat and swallow it whole, with a very flavorful soda or juice as a chaser. I swallowed about six to 12 bites per day with this method. If I had to report on the taste, I would say it was very slightly metallic to no taste at all. I found that the idea of the placenta was far more repugnant that actually taking the placenta. Given that I've swallowed semen, it really isn't a far stretch to warm to the idea of eating my placenta." —Vanessa, 34
4. "I put my placentas in smoothies. With a lot of frozen strawberries and orange juice, you don't even notice the placenta. My experience was that if I skimped on those things, the strong iron taste came through. Generally, though, I never even noticed the taste unless I was really trying to detect it." —Julie, 35
5. "I ate my placenta raw. I did it because of the nutrient and hormone content. I decided to eat part raw and have the rest encapsulated. To eat it raw, I had a friend cut it up into 1-centimeter-size pieces and freeze it. I cut it in to a smaller piece from there and swallowed it like a pill. The taste wasn't strong, slightly metallic. It tastes like blood or raw meat. My method is easy on the taste buds." —Alison, 37
6. "My first placenta was prepared for me by my wonderful friend and midwife after having a C-section. She made it by cutting it up in bits, and fried it with carrots, broccoli, lentils, and topped with fresh avocado. It was metallic and mealy in flavor/texture. She soaked it in Bragg's aminos which made it tolerable. Every time I would have some, I would be absolutely overcome with a love bubble. Lots of gushing tears would wash over me. By the time I finished it, I felt on top of the world and even though my birth may have been traumatic, I was able to process it in days rather than months/years. After the benefits of the first go round, I was going to do it again. I couldn't find anyone to cook it and I knew I was going to want to stay in bed, so my doula stepped up to blend it. I went heavy on the raspberries to cover any weird texture with the seeds. I couldn't taste any weirdness." —Baylie, 28