Khloe Kardashian, who's expecting her first baby with boyfriend Tristan Thompson, will be a new mom before we know it! And once she welcomes her L.O., the reality star and fashion entrepreneur plans to eat her placenta. Khloe divulged this newsy tidbit on last night's episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians.
While talking to Kim, the 33-year-old noted, "I'm gonna eat it in pills." The process of placental encapsulation involves the afterbirth being steamed, dehydrated, ground, and placed into pills, notes the American Pregnancy Association (APA). And the custom of consuming the placenta dates back centuries, practiced mostly in Chinese medicine.
Khloe likely wants to take advantage of potential benefits, which according to the APA may include "increased release of the hormone oxytocin, which helps the uterus return to normal size and encourages bonding with the infant; increase in CRH, a stress-reducing hormone; decrease in post-partum depression levels; restoration of iron levels in the blood Increase in milk production."
Khloe must have also taken her older sisters' experiences into consideration when deciding to eat her placenta. Both Kourtney and Kim have spoken about doing the same.
Kim wrote on her website about taking placenta pills after the birth of her son Saint in 2015: "I had great results and felt so energized and didn't have any signs of depression." That same year, Kourtney revealed that she's a fan, taking to Instagram to write, "Yummy...PLACENTA pills! No joke...I will be sad when my placenta pills run out. They are life changing! #benefits #lookitup."
When the time comes, we're sure to hear all about Khloe's personal experience with the pills. In the meantime, fans would do well to note that the practice does come with certain risks (like the possible contamination or destruction of the nutrients new moms are attempting to ingest).