Post-delivery, will eating your placenta increase your energy levels and breast milk production? A doctor weighs in.
Why do some new mums eat their placentas after childbirth? What are the benefits to this practice?
Some common beliefs are that the organ helps increase the mum’s energy levels and breast milk production, says Christopher Ng, an obstetrician and gynaecologist at Gynae MD Women’s and Rejuvenation Clinic.
It is also said to reduce the risk of depression and insomnia, as well as improve one’s complexion.
But there’s no reliable scientific evidence to support these claims, Dr Ng points out.
“In Singapore, it seems more popular with locals, though – I’ve not had any expatriate patients even asking about this practice,” Dr Ng shares.
He adds that mums-to-be should be aware that this is not the standard recommended practice in the medical community.
Nonetheless, if you really want to consume your placenta, inform your obstetrician any time before the delivery.
While some mums take the placenta home to cook, there are service providers who process it into pills. The company will give you a container to store the placenta delivered after birth; you will then have to contact it to collect the organ.
Remember, the agreement is between you and the company, and you’re eating the placenta at your own risk, Dr Ng reminds.
This article first appeared on www.youngparents.com.sg.