Celebrity Moms Who Ate Their Placentas

While placenta eating is controversial among doctors, stars have encapsulated, blended and cooked their placentas for the rumored benefits. (Photos may not be for the squeamish!)

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Mandy Moore

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"Round 2," Moore posted in October 2022 of her Feel Good placenta pills, made for her following the birth of her second son, Oscar "Ozzie" Goldsmith. The singer/actress also had her placenta encapsulated following the arrival of her first son with husband Taylor Goldsmith, Gus, in February 2021.

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Elle King

After announcing the birth of her child with fiancé Dan Tooker Lucky Levi Tooker on Sept. 1, 2021, Elle King posted an appreciation post for "the best doula ever:" her mom, London King!

Alongside a photo of London cooking her daughter's placenta, the singer explained, "She is seen here cooking my placenta to encapsulate it for all the amazing benefits! I love you @pushlovedoula ! We couldn't have done this without you!"

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Rachel Missie

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The Challenge alumnus Abram Boise served up placenta tacos for his wife Rachel, new mom to their son Atlas, shortly after their baby's arrival in April 2021.

"I felt very much in my body and alive while preparing this meal to return nourishment to her body after giving birth to our son," the new dad wrote on Instagram.

For her part, Missie said she didn't want "any part of the experience [of pregnancy] go to waste."

"Consuming my placenta was not only delicious when you have a husband who loves to cook but a reminder of how much effort went into it," she continued. "The 9 months to be exact of it holding the responsibility of life itself. I could not just disregard it's importance without any form of gratitude."

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Christina Haack

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The HGTV star gushed about consuming her own placenta one week after announcing the summer 2019 birth of her baby boy, Hudson London Anstead.

Haack decided to have her placenta put into pill form. The mom of three shared a photo of a pink container of gray placenta pills on her Instagram Story. In the background of the photo, her son Hudson can be seen sleeping in his bassinet. The Flip or Flop star shared, "First time I've tried it - and I think these placenta encapsulation [pills] are working 🎉💕."

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Kim Kardashian

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After giving birth to her second child with Kanye West, Saint, in 2015, the reality star decided to encapsulate her placenta to try and avoid postpartum depression.

"I'm having it freeze-dried and made into a pill form - not actually fry it like a steak and eat it (which some people do, BTW)," she shared in a post on her website. "Every time I take a pill, I feel a surge of energy and feel really healthy and good. I totally recommend it for anyone considering it!"

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Chrissy Teigen

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Teigen also wanted to beat the "baby blues" following the birth of her second child, Miles, with husband John Legend in May 2018. During an appearance on CBS Sunday Morning, the model revealed she ate her placenta and associated the act with why she felt primarily happy after her second pregnancy compared to her first with daughter Luna.

When host Rita Braver expressed skepticism about the placenta practice, Teigen responded with a laugh, "Really? That's not a normal thing? I'm in L.A., it's very normal. They grill it here. You can try some of mine after."

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Kourtney Kardashian

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The eldest Kardashian sister posted an Instagram picture of her placenta pills following the birth of Reign, her third child with Scott Disick, in 2015.

"Yummy...PLACENTA pills! No joke...I will be sad when my placenta pills run out. They are life changing!" the star captioned the photo, including hashtags #benefits and #lookitup.

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Nikki Reed

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Reed, who welcomed daughter Bodhi Soleil in 2017 with husband Ian Somerhalder, also encapsulated her placenta — and was also super sad when her pills were almost gone. In a photo shared on Instagram, Reed held up a near-empty jar of capsules with a look of mock horror on her face.

"Last day of placenta pills. Not ready to say goodbye!!!!!" she captioned a post. "Ps sending love to all you mamas out there doing whatever feels right for you! This was recommended to me by my doula but that does not mean it's for everyone :). Just do you! ❤️"

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Katherine Heigl

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The mom of three worked with a naturopath throughout her pregnancy with son Joshua Bishop, and had her placenta encapsulated after his birth in 2016.

She told PEOPLE that after her cesarean section, "They told me that another mother down the hall had a company that freeze dries pills. This guy came, he was a total cowboy: Cowboy hat, cowboy boots … and a bag of placenta! He took it to his wife who freeze-dried it and turned it into pills."

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Kayla Rae Reid

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Almost one year after Reid and husband Ryan Lochte welcomed son Caiden Zane, she revealed her struggles with postpartum depression and attempt to resolve it with placenta pills.

"They didn't work for me because I did not take them religiously," she explained. "And I wish I would have just because I could have made some sort of a difference."

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Hilary Duff

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Duff and Matthew Koma welcomed their first daughter, Banks Violet, together on Oct. 25, 2018. The actress, who had an at-home, "natural, drug-free," water birth, later revealed that she drank her placenta in a smoothie on Dr. Elliot Berlin's Informed Pregnancy podcast.

"It was the most delightful smoothie I've ever had," she said. "I haven't had a smoothie that delightful since I was 10. It was calorie-filled with juice and fruit and everything delicious."

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