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Many people may opt to turn their placenta into capsules, but one mum decided to take the slightly more exotic route by making hers into a chilli and a burrito - complete with shredded cheese and sour cream.
Ketrina Hill, 27, consumed both of her children's placentas, claiming the process gave her great benefits.
Ketrina, from Cambridgeshire, gave birth to first child Finnley on 17 January 2016, and wanted to ingest his placenta in the form of encapsulation pills, but couldn't afford the expenses involved.
She then researched how others had cooked and eaten their placenta and decided that was the route for her - turning it into a chilli the first time round, before making a burrito with the placenta from her second child, Luna, who was born on 28 April 2020.
She had initially stored the placentas in the freezer after returning from hospital, before defrosting them to cook the meals.
Ketrina said she thought it was 'great' that celebrities like Dani Dyer have considered ingesting placenta, as it will 'help spread knowledge about how good it is'.
She continued: "I read a lot of research in placenta encapsulation but couldn't afford it so decided to research people who had eaten it instead.
"I found lots of benefits including quick recovery, less chance of post-natal depression and an increase in milk production, and I also breastfed both children.
"I had a great recovery with my first, felt energised and was doing everything I was doing before birth very quickly and felt good in myself.
"I didn't know whether I felt so good because I had eaten the placenta, so I made the decision to do it again after my second baby and had the same experience."
To make her placenta burrito, Ketrina chopped up the organ and added it to beef, slow-cooking them together in a pot.
She then put the mixture into a wrap, topping it with shredded cheese and sour cream.
Ketrina said: "With my first-born, I made chilli and mixed it in with minced beef.
"With my second, I slow-cooked it with beef and made a burrito.
"I only had one meal after each birth as I had to freeze it the moment I got home from the hospital, and I had to use it all up once it had defrosted."
The mum-of-two urged all mothers to eat their placenta, insisting that it helped her recover from the births quicker.
Ketrina added: "I would highly recommend it, it was an amazing experience and I believe it led to a quick recovery.
"I was a little unsure of what it would taste like but it was just like really rich irony beef.
"It was slightly tough in the chilli, which is why I slow cooked it the second time, you couldn't even tell which was the beef and which was the placenta."
A report from the Royal College of Midwives into the potential benefits and risks of consuming the placenta concluded: "None of the reported benefits of placentophagy are supported by scientific evidence. However, some early research findings of women's experiences suggest there may be some benefits from ingesting their own placenta, and there is a need to undertake controlled research studies to confirm or refute these women's views.
"The negative effects and risks associated with placentophagy need further investigation as well as exploration of the cost implications."
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