“Everyone else is doing it.” It’s reasoning you likely used as leverage at some point during your preteen days, back when you were gunning for permission to see that R-rated movie—because if all your friends’ parents were cool with it, yours should be too, right?
Whether we're aware of it or not, we want to keep up with trends set by our peers and even, if not more so, our favorite celebrities. Take, for example, cooking your placenta and eating it with fava beans and a nice Chianti.
Making your placenta into a postpartum meal has become a trend with celebrity moms such as Padma Lakshmi and the Kardashians over the past few years—and it’s a fad that Northwell Health OB/GYN Dr. Stephanie McNally says her patients are asking her about.
But are there any proven benefits to eating your placenta? Why did new moms start doing it? Before you start Googling placenta dinner recipes (yes, that's a thing), here are a few FAQs to help guide your decision-making process.