Eating the placenta does not prevent postpartum depression, health officials warn.
But Chrissy Teigen has joined the legions of celebrities who insist it worked for them.
The 32-year-old, who gave birth for the second time to son Miles Theodore in May, told CBS that she felt much happier this time, and she puts it down to eating her own organ.
She is hardly the first to say so. Kim and Kourtney Kardashian, Tia and Tamera Mowry, Katherine Heigl, January Jones, Alicia Silverstone, Holly Madison, Nikki Reed, Blac Chyna, Padma Lakshmi, Kim Zolciak, and Samantha Bee are all part of the exhaustive list of famous women that have recommended it.
However, scientists insist there is little evidence to back the fad, though there are plenty of risks.
Last fall, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report that a newborn developed life-threatening blood poisoning passed on from its mother when she took bacteria-contaminated pills.
Weeks later, researchers at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, published research showing it had absolutely no impact on a mother’s mental health.
Supporters of the practice often claim the organ contains valuable vitamins and hormones that could prevent postpartum depression.
Researchers from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, analyzed 12 women who took placenta capsules and 15 who had placebo pills after giving birth.
They investigated the placenta capsules’ health effects, including their ability to prevent postpartum depression.
The findings were published in the journal Women and Birth.
Results reveal placenta capsules do not decrease a new mother’s risk of postpartum depression.