New mom Hilary Duff, who gave birth to her second child, Banks Violet Bair, on October 25, revealed that she drank her placenta in smoothie form following the home water birth. “It was the most delightful smoothie I’ve ever had,” the 31-year-old admitted in an interview on Dr. Elliott Berlin’s Informed Pregnancy podcast, in which she opened up about all things pregnancy-related, including the placenta drink.
“I haven’t had a smoothie that delightful since I was 10 years old. It was calorie-filled with juice and fruit and everything delicious,” Duff describes of the beverage, made by first freezing the placenta into ice cubes and then blending them with berries and fruit juice. She even saved the leftover placenta ice cubes for later use, which she warned boyfriend Matthew Koma and six-year-old son Luca (who said “I wish I hadn’t have asked”) not to touch.
Eating the placenta is a growing trend, particularly among celeb moms, including Chrissy Teigen, Kim Kardashian West and Alicia Silverstone. But how healthy—or safe—is it really? While some believe it can help prevent postpartum depression or bleeding, there aren’t any conclusive studies yet. And it’s risky: “There is always concern for infection, and there are concerns about how the placenta is handled and stored post-birth,” Kecia Gaither, M.D. told Women’s Health.
“I was a little wigged out to be honest with you…but [I was] like, I might as well,” the Younger actress explained in the interview, adding that “looking at [the placenta] is insane. It’s really kind of beautiful. Not the part that faces you, the part that looks like a steak or something, that’s nasty, the part that the baby is in is awesome.”
And when asked if she could taste the placenta? Fortunately “not with all the sugar they put in it, no!” Duff reassured the audience.