As a woman goes through pregnancy, she grows a new organ called the placenta. The placenta essentially feeds and poops the baby, and after the mother gives birth, it comes sliding out with all the other sloppy goodies. To the following celebrities, the afterbirth is not a wet, do-not-google-image-it organ that looks like a bloody liver. It is a treasured gift. It is a snack. It is Mother Nature's care package.
1. Holly Madison
Plenty of reputable media outlets spent 2013 reporting that a pregnant Holly Madison was “planning on having [her] placenta turned into pills [she] can take after giving birth.” Said Hugh Hefner's ex-girlfriend: “This might sound gross...I heard it helps women recover faster and I want to recover as quickly as I can!” Curiously, nobody seems to have checked back to ask her how it tasted. Which is fine, because that's why we have Tamera Mowry (#5).
2. January Jones
January Jones is the first but definitely not last on this list to adamantly reject the Myth of Human Exceptionalism. “It’s something I was very hesitant about, but we’re the only mammals who don’t ingest our own placentas,” she said, before gobbling down her placenta. Yes, you will hear this argument again, and it's because celebrities respect the medical consensus of the animal kingdom.
3. Mayim Bialik
A blog post called “You’re Not Gross” by the actress herself points out—told you so—that all other mammals “routinely ingest” this organ. It also argues against placenta-shaming. “I ingested my placenta. I am not a bad person, a crazy person, or a freak and neither is Alicia Silverstone or January Jones.” She notably did not mention Kim Kardashian.
4. Kim Kardashian
Celebrity blogger Kim Kardashian also wrote a post about her placenta dinner. A notable quote: “When I say ‘eat my placenta,’ I mean that 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)." Translation: Yeah, I eat placenta, but I'm not weird about it.
5. Tamera Mowry
After Tamera made her sister, Tia, drink her breast milk (my god), Tia apparently retaliated by making Tamera eat her placenta. It would appear she drank it through a tube, forgoing the more popular pill technique. Mowry did not seem as concerned with the health benefits as someone like January Jones, saying in horror, “Oh my god. I see residue.” Watch the video for her hot take on the taste.
6. Kourtney Kardashian
If you ever wondered what a placenta pill actually looked like, placenta enthusiast Kourtney Kardashian’s got you covered. #Benefits #Lookitup
7. Samantha Bee
A Babble post by Samantha Bee and her show's producer, Allana Harkin, is titled, "SAMANTHA BEE MADE ME EAT MY PLACENTA." And despite the caps-lock, it's not—as Bee points out—a Silence of the Lambs thing.
Bee says "it was like taking a mega dose of iron" that also gets you a little high, while Harkin invokes the golden rationale for this after-birth snack: "I think in nature, most mammals eat their placenta."
When in doubt, take a cue from the animal kingdom. Eat up.