Kourtney Kardashian reveals how she keeps healthy after birth

Taryn Davies
Published: January 12, 2015

Kourtney Kardashian took to Instagram to reveal how she likes to keep her body healthy after birth, ingesting her own placenta.

The Keeping Up With the Kardashians star gave birth to her third child, Reign Aston Disick, on December 14 and she posted a picture on the social network site revealing how she’s recovering after the birth.

The 35-year-old praises the recent trend that sees mothers turn to their afterbirth for a health boost and turn it into a post-natal vitamin.

The oldest sibling praised the placenta pills as ‘yummy’ and ‘life-changing’.

The Kardashian family have been known to share their love of placenta before, back in 2013 when both Kim and Kourtney revealed they would be happy to eat each others. Kim, pregnant at the time with North, expressed her interest in eating her own placenta but everyone in the family, except Kourtney, sounded disgusted by the idea.

"Why would you not take it?" said Kourtney. "I want to have a third child just to eat the placenta."

And it seems she has done exactly that.

According to a post by NBC Los Angeles, placenta pills are made by the mother’s placenta, a temporary organ, which is dehydrated in a machine for 16 hours, then blended into a powder, and poured into capsules.

It is said that the nutrients and hormones in the pills help to speed up recovery time, with iron levels milk supply, and in the fight against postpartum depression. However, some doctors worry that as the pills are not regulated supplements there could be unwanted bacteria being ingested along with the nutrients.

Other celebrities, like January Jones, Alicia Silverstone and Gaby Hoffman have also said they have eaten their placentas after the birth of their child.

Mad Men actress, Jones, who has a 3-year-old son Xander, said, it's not like witchcraft, but it works.

The Clueless star Alicia Silverstone, mother of 3-year-old son Bear Blu, called them her "happy pills" in her 2014 book, The Kind Mama.

Alicia Silverstone

Alicia Silverstone has admitted she ate her placenta
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The actress said the pills made her feel better after the birth when hormones would make her think unreasonable things.

A study from 2010, at the University of Nevada, surveyed 189 people who ate their placentas. About 76% said they had very positive experiences, claiming an improved mood, lactation and increased energy. However, the side effects included unpleasant burping, headaches and an unappealing taste and smell of placenta.