Holly Madison is expecting her first child, with Pasquale Rotella, this month. That's no secret, but on Thursday it became known that Madison has an interesting plan for the afterbirth: She plans to eat her baby's placenta.
To be clear, it's not as though Madison is going to eat the placenta right after it is expelled (the placental expulsion is also known as the afterbirth). Instead, Madison will have her placenta turned into pills that she will take. Although it might sound unusual, it's not unknown. In terms of celebrities, "Mad Men" star January Jones did the same thing after the birth of her son, Xander, in 2011.
Many other mothers have done the same. Ingesting the placenta is purported to aid in a mother's recovery as well as helping to reduce or even prevent postpartum depression. That practice is known as placentophagy.
On her blog, Madison said:
This might sound gross, but I’m totally planning on having my placenta turned into pills I can take after giving birth. I heard it helps women recover faster and I want to recover as quickly as I can!
Some women eat their placenta as Madison plans ... as capsules. Others though, prefer to eat it raw, cooked or blended into smoothies.
Holly Madison was born Hollin Sue Cullen. She is 33, and is an American model, showgirl and television personality. She is perhaps best known as one of Hugh Hefner's girlfriends on the reality television series "The Girls Next Door." Madison also had her own reality series, "Holly's World."
She and Pasquale Rotella are not married, but have been together since 2011.