She had said in an interview before the birth that she was planning on it, but Natasha Hamilton has now tweeted the proof that she’s eating her placenta.
In an effort to battle post-natal depression, Natasha has had her placenta processed into capsules. Natasha feels it’s more natural than taking vitamins or medication.
“It just seems right. Instead of taking loads of different vitamins, I would be nourishing my body with my own placenta that's been nourishing my baby.”
“It's like the circle of life.”
She shared the photo of her new capsules on Twitter, writing:
"Huge thanks to Laura who I found through the IPEN website for collecting my placenta & encapsulating it #IPEN2014 x"
The encapsulating of placenta is controversial, and will soon be outlawed by the EU. Women will still be free to eat their placenta if they wish, but it will not be allowed to be processed for commercial purposes, as it is classed as a novelty food.
While proponents claim all sort of benefits, there is little scientific evidence that it is good for you. While many animals eat their placenta, it is because it is an available food, not for any special nutritional reasons. It is also argued that the processing of the placenta into capsules would destroy any possible nutritional benefits.