Natasha Hamilton is expecting her fourth child and this time is planning to consume her own placenta post-delivery.
After the forthcoming birth, the 32 year-old’s fourth, she says she is hoping to eat her placenta in a bid to stave off post-natal depression.
The Atomic Kitten star has described the process she hopes to use in a blog for BabyCentre; once her baby girl is safely delivered, Natasha plans to take the placenta away with her, have it freeze-dried, ground up and put in capsules.
A woman’s placenta is chock-full of nutrients and hormones and can help to improve milk supply and guard against post-natal depression. Natasha says: “Just recently my ears pricked up when my midwife told me about placenta encapsulation. I initially felt pretty squeamish about it all, but once I heard the benefits for the mum I really wanted to do it.”
Keen on the capsule method, Natasha said: “The messy, gross side is taken away and you are given a daily vitamin. This appealed to me far more than adding raw placenta to a smoothie to be honest. And I didn’t fancy bringing my own placenta home in a Tupperware box and having to dry it out and chop it up myself!
“At under £200 for all these health benefits, it will probably be the best money that I’ve ever spent. Especially as I’ve suffered with severe PND in the past and struggled with getting a good milk supply. I will take anything harmless if it prevents me getting PND again.”