After Chrissy Teigen and John Legend welcomed their first child, Luna, Teigen suffered from intense postpartum depression that she talked about after the fact with refreshing honesty. Falling into that place again was on her mind ahead of the birth of her second baby, Miles, but this time, she thankfully managed to avoid it.
How'd she do it? Well, she told Rita Braver on CBS Sunday Morning's 40th anniversary special that she ate her placenta, and she believes it helped her feel primarily happy after Miles was born.
"It sounds ridiculous, but people have this belief that if you eat your placenta, it gets all those nutrients that you lost when you were pregnant, rather than just losing them immediately and losing that rush of endorphins. By taking these dry placenta pills, you can kind of keep this energy up and be weaned off that feeling more. And I didn't do that with Luna," she said. "I remember looking back and being like, 'I shoulda ate my placenta!'"
When Braver expressed a bit of skepticism, Teigen couldn't help but chuckle.
"Really? That's not a normal thing?" she said. "I'm in L.A., it's very normal. They grill it here. You can try some of mine after."
There is a lot of debate over what Teigen is saying, and none of it is conclusive. ABC News reports that research does point to afterbirth being nutrient-packed in a positive way, but there isn't concrete evidence it helps people who eat it. That has not stopped people from doing it, though.
"There is certainly a potential medicinal use," Dr. David Katz, founder of the Yale Prevention Center, told ABC. "This is a time-honored cultural practice of eating the placenta. It is nutrient-rich and a source of hormones. Those hormones essentially maintain the emotional state during pregnancy."
Other experts, like Dr. Lauren F. Streicher, clinical instructor in obstetrics and gynecology at Northwestern Medical School, told ABC that they vehemently disagree.
"This is a scam, and a potentially dangerous one," Dr. Streicher said. "At its worst, postpartum depression can result in something horrible, like suicide. There's potential that women who need to get legitimate psychiatric help may look to this pill and not get the appropriate help they need."
Regardless of that, we're glad to hear that Teigen is doing better this time around.
If you or someone you know is suffering from postpartum depression, check out the Postpartum Support International group, or call 1-800-944-4773.