Hilary Duff and her boyfriend, musician Matthew Koma, welcomed their first child together, daughter Banks Violet Bair, about two weeks ago. I said at the time that Banks wasn’t a bad name, but that it sounds like a nickname or a stage name. It’s unique without being too strange. Well Hilary is a celebrity and she’s not immune to strange childbirth trends. She recently revealed that she had her placenta put into a smoothie and that it was delicious. Did she have some fava beans and a nice chianti with it too? Hilary isn’t the only celebrity to have done this. Both January Jones and Kim Kardashian had their placentas freeze dried and made into pills while Gaby Hoffman also consumed placenta smoothies “for weeks.” Hilary also revealed that she did DIY smoothies in that she froze her own placenta after she had a natural at home childbirth.
While appearing on Dr. Elliot Berlin’s Informed Pregnancy podcast (released Thursday but recorded 10 days after the arrival of her second child, daughter Banks Violet) the actress, 31, revealed that she drank her placenta in a smoothie and it was “delicious.”
“It was the most delightful smoothie I’ve ever had,” she said. “I haven’t had a smoothie that delightful since I was ten. It was calorie-filled with juice and fruit and everything delicious.”
Although Duff was initially hesitant to eat the placenta — “I was a little wigged out, to be honest with you,” the actress said — she explained that the theories claiming it would prevent post-partum depression and stop the post-birth bleeding were enough to convince her to try it.
Since drinking her placenta for the first time, Duff explained that she’s been feeling great and has been consuming the rest of it in ice cube form to avoid taking pills. “I heard something weird about pills,” she said. “I heard placenta burps are not ideal.”
As for Duff’s 6-year-old son Luca Cruz, she said he was interested at first, but after learning that her temporary organ was in the freezer, he told her “I wish I hadn’t have asked…”
Duff and her boyfriend Matthew Koma welcomed their first child together on Oct. 25. The actress had an at-home, “natural, drug-free,” water birth and said she was in labor for quite a while before her daughter arrived after “like, five pushes.”
There is a long history of human mothers consuming their placentas and it’s more common in some cultures. Many animals do it as well. However “there’s not much evidence that the practice actually benefits humans” according to Heidi Murkoff, the author of What to Expect When You’re Expecting. It doesn’t seem to be harmful as long as you prepare it like any other uh meat. Some doctors discourage it though. I would maybe take the placenta pills, but drinking smoothies with it sounds gross. It would be like drinking a smoothie with a raw organ meat like liver. As for Hilary’s birth it sounds like she’s exaggerating about how quick it was, but it was her second child and many women say it’s so much easier the second time.
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