Placenta pills – do they really work? How to make them and what else you can do

Sam Faiers has opened up about her recovery process after recently giving birth for a third time, with the star revealing that she had her placenta made into tablets as well as nappy cream.

The 31 year old welcomed her third child, a baby son named Edward, back in May with her longterm partner Paul Knightley, 34, who she also shares son Paul, six, and four year old daughter Rosie with.

After welcoming her third child, Sam decided to have her placenta made into a variety of products – something she hadn't done when having her two eldest children.

The mum-of-three has followed in the footsteps of celebrities such as Kim Kardashian and Chrissy Teigan, who also opted to ingest their placentas after giving birth.

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New mums can ingest their placenta in a variety of different ways, but having it made into tablets is known to be one of the most popular, with around 70-80% of mums who choose to eat their placenta opting for encapsulation, according to What To Expect.

Placenta encapsulation allows the entire placenta to be transformed into pills that can then be taken after giving birth, and supporters of the practice have continued to rave about the positive impact it has on their health.

The placenta is packed full of minerals and vitamins, including iron, and also contains a vast amount of hormones such as estrogen and progesterone.

Many have said it can help prevent anemia, balance hormones, increase milk supply and lower your chances of having postpartum depression, however there is not much scientific evidence to support these claims.

Former TOWIE star Sam has told OK! that she feels like her placenta pills have "really helped" to speed up her recovery, saying: "I do feel like taking my placenta pills really helped me with a speedy recovery and with my mood. I even use the balm on the baby if he has nappy rash – it’s amazing. It’s pure goodness.”

The 31 year old also revealed that she'd never done opted to ingest her placenta before, and opened up about the process, telling OK!: “I’d never done it before – so when I was giving birth to the placenta I was like, ‘Can someone get the freezer box out?' Then people came round a few hours later and collected it."

"I know some people think it’s bizarre but, honestly, if you’re not weirded out by it, I would recommend it," she added.

Placenta encapsulation is a quick and straightforward process, as their are companies that offer the service and even some doulas may offer the service.

The placenta is first steamed and dehydrated before being ground into a powder and then sealed in vitamin-size capsules.

However, it does come alongside some risks such as infection if the placenta gets contaminated – they are raw, blood-filled organs that aren't sterile.

According to What To Expect, other risk include exposure to heavy metals, decreased milk supply and blood clots.

However, encapsulation isn't the only that new mums can ingest their placenta, as it can also be consumed raw, cooked, roasted, dehydrated or distilled into a tincture. No method has been proven to be more beneficial than any other yet.

Sam first revealed that she'd chosen to have her placenta made into pills back in May, shortly after baby Edward's birth. The star explained that she'd used a company called Placenta Plus, and they made her placenta into various products.

"You’re either into it or you’re not.. I always wanted to do this with the other two and didn’t get round to it..

“Yes I had my placenta made into capsules & gummies and I’ve been taking them as instructed religiously. I can’t recommend them enough.”

Sam joins the likes of Kim and Kourtney Kardashian, who both had their placentas made into tablets previously.

Kourtney, 43, turned hers into pills and swore they were "life changing" after she gave birth to her youngest son Reign in December 2014, while Kim, 41, did the same after she welcomed her eldest son Saint West back in 2015.

Chrissy Teigan, who shares daughter Luna, 6, and four year old son Miles with husband John Legend, previously revealed that she ingested her placenta after the birth of her second child. The 36 year old said at the time: "That's not a normal thing? I'm in L.A, it's very normal. They grill it here."

Other famous faces who have also been open about ingesting their placenta include Danielle Lloyd, who had her placenta made into tablets after the birth of her fifth child, Autumn Rose.

The mum-of-five told OK!: “I've decided to keep my placenta and have it made into tablets using Placenta Plus from Liverpool. They can make your placenta into tablets, oils for you and the baby, you can have face creams, and all sorts of stuff."

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