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Eating Placenta May Help Prevent Postpartum Depression, According To Chrissy Teigen

Chrissy Teigen believes that the reason she didn't suffer from postpartum depression with her second child is that she ate the placenta.

We may only have a limited amount of time on this Earth but while we are here, we have the opportunity to do an almost infinite number of amazing things. Most would argue that the most amazing thing you can do with your life is to have babies and create new life. Any of you reading this that have children of your own would likely agree with that premise.

Having a baby is not always all butterflies and rainbows, though. Once the little one has arrived, some moms suffer from postpartum depression (PPD). If you have been through it yourself you know how serious PPD can be, and if you haven't then you likely know the detrimental effect it can have on a mom and her new baby.

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Former supermodel Chrissy Teigen had been through PPD following the birth of her first child. However, after baby number two she didn't experience it. Teigen told Rita Braver of CBS Sunday Morning that she truly believes the reason she didn't suffer from PPD the second time around is due to the fact she ate the placenta. The social media star did so in the form of dry placenta pills.

"It gets all those nutrients that you lost when you were pregnant, rather than just losing them immediately and losing that rush of endorphins," Teigen explained. Braver jokingly asked whether there were any placenta-based recipes in her new cookbook to which she replied "That's not a normal thing? I'm in L.A., it's very normal — they grill it here."

Teigen may firmly believe that ingesting placenta prevented her from suffering PPD for a second time, but there is currently no scientific evidence to back her up. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends new moms steer clear of placenta pills. It could contain harmful bacteria that can be passed on to your baby via breast milk and even skin contact. If you're worried about PPD then at this juncture it's probably best to not take Teigen's advice, and instead, speak to your doctor about your best options.

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