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Hilary Duff drank her placenta in a smoothie following birth of daughter, Banks

USA TODAY logo USA TODAY 6 days ago Jennifer McClellan

a person holding a sign: Ten days after having an at-home water birth on Oct. 25, Hilary Duff consumed her placenta in a smoothie. © Jamie McCarthy, Getty Images Ten days after having an at-home water birth on Oct. 25, Hilary Duff consumed her placenta in a smoothie. Smoothies are yummy blended drinks that deliver a nutritional punch.

New mom Hilary Duff took the “smoothie-nutrition” concept to a new level following the birth of her daughter, Banks Violet Bair.

After having an at-home water birth on Oct. 25, the actress-singer consumed her placenta in a smoothie.

“It was the most delightful smoothie I’ve ever had,” the 31-year-old said during an appearance on Dr. Elliot Berlin’s Informed Pregnancy podcast. “I haven’t had a smoothie that delightful since I was ten. It was calorie-filled with juice and fruit and everything delicious.”

Like many women who decide to consume their placenta, Duff said she did so to prevent post-partum depression and stop the post-birth bleeding. She chose a smoothie (the placenta is frozen in ice cubes and then she makes it into a smoothie) over pills and other methods because she heard pills could give her “placenta burps.”

She’s the latest celeb mom to eat placenta. Chrissy Teigen, Kim Kardashian West, Katherine Heigl, Alicia Silverstone and January Jones all have done it.

Duff shared her daughter with boyfriend, Matthew Koma. She has a 6-year-old son, Luca Cruz, from ex-husband, former professional hockey player Mike Comrie.

Why would a mom eat placenta after giving birth?

Consuming placenta – the organ shared between mother and child that provides nutrients and support to the fetus – after birth is a growing trend.

Proponents say eating placenta can improve mood and energy in new mothers. It also reduces pain and increases milk production, they believe.

One of the most common ways mothers consume placenta is to have it dried and made into pills. It can be eaten raw, dehydrated into a jerky-like food, cooked, roasted and made into smoothies or elixirs. 

Some health advocates warn it could be dangerous

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said mothers should be especially careful of the practice after an Oregon mother unwittingly gave her newborn a Group B Streptococcus, a serious infection which called for hospitalization, after eating her dehydrated placenta. The mom was clear of the bacteria, so it took days for doctors to test and realize it was inside the placenta capsules she was eating.

Research published in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology said benefits of placentophagy (the medical way to say eating placenta) is likely a result of the placebo effect. 

“We found that there is no scientific evidence of any clinical benefit of placentophagy among humans, and no placental nutrients and hormones are retained in sufficient amounts after placenta encapsulation to be potentially helpful to the mother postpartum,” authors of the report said. 

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