Kim Kardashian revealed via a post on her blog that you need to pay to read that she’s eating her placenta. Is it wrong that the news that you need to pay to read posts on Kim K’s personal blog is more shocking to me than the news that’s she’s eating her placenta?
Huh? What? I have to pay for this?
She’s ingesting it in pill form. Frankly, that’s a very reasonable way to eat a placenta. Thanks to Refinery 29‘s expense account, we have the details of her placenta post. It’s not that the company I work for wouldn’t totally pay for me to get this subscription — it’s only $2.99 a month. I just imagine it being like a gym membership — once you join you can never leave. I have visions of needing a meeting with Kim herself to cancel my account. You know how they never let you quit the gym on the phone or via email? Yeah. It would be like that. Anyway, thank you, Refinery 29.
Here’s what Kim says about her decision to ingest one of her own organs- no judgment, just being descriptive: “So, I’m really not this holistic person or someone who would have ever considered eating my placenta,” she claims. “I heard so many stories when I was pregnant with North of moms who never ate their placenta with their first baby and then had postpartum depression, but then when they took the pills with their second baby, they did not suffer from depression!” Truth. Many women say that, although the claim is seriously disputed by science. Who cares about that though, when you can support someone’s thriving placenta encapsulation business? And whoever made Kim’s placenta pills has style. Kim tweeted an actual picture of them:
It’s amazing? Of course it is.
I almost ate my placenta after I had my first baby, simply because I really can’t resist a deal. I’m one of those people who will always buy the two for one deal, even though I for sure don’t need two of whatever I’m buying. The doula I was considering threw placenta pills in with her whole package — so it would’ve gone against every fiber of my being to refuse them.
I was admittedly turned off by the concept of eating my placenta, thanks to a brief encounter on a birth board when I was still trying to conceive. One of the “natural mamas” on the board recounted a story of eating her placenta after she gave birth to her child. According to her, she reached down immediately after she gave birth, grabbed her placenta, and took a bite out of it.
She took a fucking bite out of a freshly birthed placenta. Oh my god. That is not an image that leaves you once you have it in your head. I didn’t end up going with that doula, so the placenta pills never happened. But I think if there was a way I would’ve consumed it, the pills definitely would have been it. Not in a Smoothie like Gaby Hoffman, or a taco like this weirdo who decided he had to know what his wife’s placenta tasted like. And definitely not in sashimi form right after I gave birth. I am not that hard core.
Back to Kim and her placenta post (did I mention you have to pay for it?)
“I really didn’t want the baby blues and thought I can’t go wrong with taking a pill made of my own hormones—made by me, for me,” she writes on her blog. “I started researching and read about so many moms who felt this same way and said the overall healing process was so much easier.” Whether it’s a placebo or not, if it makes a mom feel better — more power to her. Even though there’s not a lot of scientific data supporting the claims that it does anything positive for your body, there’s no data saying it harms you in any way, either. It’s every mom’s personal decision.
And if you’re going to eat your placenta, it may as well be “amazing.”
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