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J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs. 2016 Jan-Feb;45(1):78-89. doi: 10.1016/j.jogn.2015.10.008. Epub 2015 Nov 25.

Consumption of the Placenta in the Postpartum Period.

Abstract

Postpartum women are consuming their placentas to achieve claimed health benefits, including improved mood, energy, and lactation. Strong scientific evidence to substantiate these claims is lacking. Self-reported benefits from some women include improved mood and lactation; animal models suggest there may be an analgesic effect. Possible risks include infection, thromboembolism from estrogens in placental tissue, and accumulation of environmental toxins. Women's health care providers should be aware of this practice to help women make informed decisions.

KEYWORDS:

maternal placentophagy; placenta consumption; placenta encapsulation; placentophagia; placentophagy

PMID:
26815801
DOI:
10.1016/j.jogn.2015.10.008
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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