Time was when people talked about placenta less. That was when there was little or no focus on jewellery, photo ops and other consumables in a bid to look fashionable. Here’s the new thing; a recent study suggests that placenta pills are more detrimental that initially thought.
Unlike many animals, when mums consume their placentas, they are more likely to suffer bacterial infection from placenta pills. In line with a recent study released by the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, a case of a newborn in Oregon was discovered. The infant developed strep infection, causing difficulty in breathing. After series of medications and antibiotics, the infant tested positive to for strep in two distinct cases.
Doctors link strep infection to placenta pills
Doctors got to work to unveil the possible cause of the strep infection, and it was discovered that the baby’s mum was on freeze-dried placenta medication, and this tested positive for the strep infection test. Consequently, the doctors proposed that the placenta pills must have raised the level of strep bacteria I n the mum. As such, she infected the baby.
Reports have it that the baby’s mother had given her placenta to a private firm that processed it into pills. Researchers are of the opinion that the strep infection must have gotten into the placenta pills at the company.
The future of placentophagy
In the last ten years, placentophagy – consuming baby’s placenta has gotten to heights. The present day mother thinks that placenta pills are helpful for postpartum emotions, increase energy levels and cause improved breast milk production. It may impress you to know that no medical proof backs these claims nor has any medical research support the movement. Regrettably, the fact that placentophagy has not been proved to be beneficial doesn’t stop several mothers across the U.S. from getting involved in it.
Some celebrities such as Kim Kardashian and January Jones have endorsed the practice, making some women indulge in the act.
According to a UNLV researcher, Sharon Young, this study stands out as the first movement by the scientific community about the risks of placenta pills. While some physicians have indicated that there may not be any need for placenta pills, Young says that she’s yet to see any doctor that strongly advocates abstinence from placenta pills. She added that as long as placenta pills pose a high risk of making your baby sick then it’s not worth practising.