Mental Health

Chrissy Teigen says eating this helped her avoid having postnatal depression for the second time

Tegien has been open with her experience with postnatal depression and anxiety.

After experiencing PND with her first baby, daughter Luna, Chrissy is now crediting eating this post birth, helped her to avoid experiencing PND for the second time with new son, Miles.

Would you eat it?

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On TV talk show, CBS Sunday Morning, Chrissy told host, Rita Braver that eating her placenta helped her avoid a second bout of PND.

The host was sceptical and Chrissy replied, “Really? That’s not a normal thing? I’m in LA, it’s very normal. They grill it here! You can try some of mine after.”

Postnatal depression. It affects one in seven mums, and the signs and symptoms can occur all at once or gradually. For Chrissy, it was the latter.

Read her story on postnatal depression here.

What is a placenta?

The placenta develops at the same time as your baby and is attached to the lining of your uterus (womb) during pregnancy.

It allows for oxygen and nutrients to pass from you to your baby as well as producing hormones that support your pregnancy.

A placenta can be repurposed to benefit you and your baby! See here how you can repurpose yours.

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5 ways to repurpose your placenta

1. Plant your placenta

To some cultures such as New Zealand Maori and the Navajo Indians, burying a placenta symbolises a baby’s link to the earth, and many do so in a place of significance.

2. Bury it in a special place

For those green thumbs, it’s become quite commonplace to plant your placenta and then grow a fruit or ornamental tree atop of it. Some put it in the bottom of a large pot and others bury in a garden. If planting in the ground it’s suggested you place it about half a metre deep so animals cannot get to it.

3. Have your placenta made into capsules

Some new mothers have report amazing results after consuming their placenta in dried tablet form. They believe that their energy levels have been replenished, their milk supply has increased and they feel a lift in their general wellbeing and mood.

4. Use it as face cream or balm

Apparently the placenta is rich in oestrogen, which builds collagen in the skin, and progesterone, which inhibits the breakdown of collagen. As such it’s often made into a face cream, much like the placenta of sheep and cows are. In this process an unscented base cream is infused with your placenta tincture and essential oils.

5. Put it in your smoothie

It’s been suggested by some that consuming a small piece of the placenta within 24 hours after birth with berries and banana can aid the slowing of your post-birth bleeding. It’s also thought to replenish your body with essential nutrients.

Are you currently pregnant?

Then you should try our yummy Healthy Mummy Pregnancy smoothie.

Pregnant women need additional calories and nutrients in pregnancy and our Pregnancy Smoothie and Eating & Exercise Book have been specially formulated to help women reach these additional calorie and nutrient needs.

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written by:

Katie Fowler

Katie is a yoga loving writer from Sydney's northern beaches. With a flair for healthy baking you can find her scouring Instagram for the latest take on raw brownies and trolling Pinterest for interior design inspiration!