Image Source: Royalty Free/Science Photo Library. Placenta close-up
In the age of alternative therapies, medical websites and generally better informed consumers of healthcare, images of Health and Wellness are looking a bit different to what they used to. But still, no one expected the above to be on the menu for new mothers. And check out the Placenta Lasagne recipe
People magazine report on how well new Mom January Jones is doing after the birth of her son Xander Dane last September. But the star of 1960s nostalgia series Mad Men, is making us take another look at 21st Century health images.
The Mad Men actress told People magazine that her fans don’t imagine her taking any mothering lessons from her Mad Men character Elizabeth Francis. Jones’ real life pregnancy was built into the storyline. What probably won’t have been built into the 1960s story are the eating habits – including her own placenta.
There has been a trend for eating placenta among new mums, with recipes circulating on the internet (Placenta Lasagne anyone?) And Jones points out how common it is among other mammals. But, Jones tells People magazine, she takes her placenta in capsule form.”
“I have a great doula [a help for new Moms]who makes sure I’m eating well, with vitamins and teas, and with placenta capsulation,” Jones tells People. The Placenta is dehydrated and made into vitamins she says. “It’s something I was very hesitant about, but we’re the only mammals who don’t ingest our own placentas.”
Health pictures around pregnancy and motherhood have changed over the last 20 years as women have become more assertive of their rights and men are included in the birth. But its not clear whether celebrities eating Placenta will give birth to a new image trend.