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‘Girls’ Star Gaby Hoffman Made Smoothies Out Of Her Placenta And You Can Too

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Gaby-HoffmanIf you haven’t seen Gaby Hoffman this year in Girls, Transparent, or Obvious Child then you are missing out on one of the best actresses working right now. She’s brilliant. (Yes, yes, she’s great in Now and Then too.) She’s also unabashedly proud of eating her placenta, to which I say YAS GURL, DO YOUR THANG!

Hoffman gave birth to daughter Rosemary on November 19, and attended the Girls season 4 premiere in New York earlier this week. It was her first night out since giving birth — “I’ve been home with my baby,” she explained. People Magazine asked her how she “bounced back” from having a baby, because of course they did. Gaby replied:

“Placenta, placenta, placenta. Just eat that s**t up, and it does a girl good!” 

Yes! Take that, stupid question only moms are asked! She went on to explain how she straight up dropped that thing into some smoothies and gulped it right down:

“I made smoothies out of it for three weeks. I had a home birth, so my midwife and my doula took it and cut it up into 20 pieces and froze it, and every day, I put it in a blender with strawberries and blueberries and guava juice and a banana, and I drank that s**t up.”

I love everything about this. So often women – especially celebrity women – are apologetic about the choices they make in motherhood because others deem them weird or wrong. The old, “I know it sounds weird, but…” routine is a favorite of mine. I’ve done this often when explaining that my doula turned my placenta into pills which I then consumed after Kid #2 popped out, because I’d heard it helped with milk supply, energy, and overall wellbeing. It’s not something I share because I’m forever worried about what others will think of me. But Hoffman doesn’t seem to give a crap, and it’s what makes her comments that much more endearing and empowering.

I know the placenta thing is hotly contested and debated, and also grosses many, many people out. I was one of them, until the emotional ups and downs of my first post-partum rendered me desperate the second time around. Those little placenta pills were a life saver – I was happier, more emotionally stable, rested and had better luck with milk production. It could possibly just have been a placebo effect but it helped me, regardless. Hoffman’s upfront approach to discussing it makes me feel better about admitting it here, too. I support whatever it takes to survive motherhood, even if it means eating “that s**t up.” Bon appetit.

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