"Mad Men" star January Jones seems a little more chipper these days, thanks to her infant son. However, it's not what you're thinking: Jones loves her little Xander, but she also loves eating the placenta that gave him nutrients while he was growing.
Wait, what? It's true: the actress pops supplements made of her own dried placenta.
"I have a great doula who makes sure I'm eating well, with vitamins and teas, and with placenta capsulation," Jones told People. "It's something I was very hesitant about, but we're the only mammals who don't ingest our own placentas."
Medical professionals say it's because humans get enough nutrients without eating the afterbirth, though that hasn't sway the actress otherwise known as Betty Draper. Placentophagy is alleged to alleviate the signs of post-natal depression, according to some medical professionals. Still, many medical professionals and parents generally consider it as taboo - though Jones doesn't get the problem.
"It's not witch-crafty or anything!" Jones insisted.
To each their own, right? Jones isn't the only celebrity to tout the benefits of placenta, though very few actually admit to eating it.
Texas-born actor Matthew McConaughy has always been a bit out there, but his plans for Camilla Alves placenta back when she was pregnant with their first son, Levi, took the cake.
"It's going to be in the orchards and it's going to bear some wonderful fruit," he told CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta in 2008. "When I was in Australia, they had a placenta tree that was on the river … and all the placentas of all that tribe, all that clan, whatever aboriginal tribe that was, all the placentas went under that one tree and it was this huge behemoth of just health and strength.
"This tree was just growing taller and stronger above the rest of Mother Nature around it. It was gorgeous."
We wonder how it all worked out for him?
Jennifer Lopez didn't eat the placenta that came after she gave birth to twins Max and Emme. However, the "American Idol" judge likes pricey placenta facials, according to U.K.'s Now magazine.
"Jennifer's been a fan of placenta facials for years," a source told the magazine in 2011. "They cost her over a thousand dollars a week but she swears by them. She loves that it's natural with no harsh chemicals. Jen always looks fabulous but there's hours of work that goes into that."
Whatever floats their boats, right? We'll stick to eating right and exercising.
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