Friday, June 30, 2017

The Dangers of Placenta Pills - CDC

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Health officials issued a warning about possible dangers of taking encapsulated pills made from their placenta, after an Oregon infant's infection was tied to the practice. The baby was born healthy and without complication in September, but then its health began to deteriorate rapidly.

The practice of ingesting the placenta after giving birth is believed by some to help with postpartum depression, breast milk production and increase energy levels. It's trendy now since a lot of celebrity moms and bloggers are doing and promoting it.

In a CDC report published last Thursday, a group of doctors and health officials say the capsules appear to have caused an infant's illness in Portland, Oregon, last fall. The authors said moms should avoid taking them, noting that the making of placenta capsules is not regulated and there's no guarantee they are free of harmful germs.

Last fall, the Oregon baby fell ill twice with a strep infection. Doctors of the infant transferred the baby to the neonatal intensive care unit and began a series of tests. Those tests revealed a deadly blood infection known as late-onset group B Streptococcus agalactiae (GBS) bacteremia, which doctors treated with an 11-day course of antibiotics. Investigators believe the mom passed an infection to her child during birth. Later, the mom started taking placenta capsules. The child got sick again weeks later, and health officials think the pills played a role. Tests found the bacteria in the placenta pills.

The mother had sent her placenta to a company that offers to clean, slice and dehydrate it, then grind it and put it into gelatin capsules, according to the report. It's possible the company which was not identified failed to heat the placenta enough to kill germs, the authors said.

The placenta grows in the uterus during pregnancy and provides oxygen and nutrients to the fetus. Most mammal mothers eat placentas after giving birth — camels and humans traditionally were the exceptions. Ground placenta was a treatment in ancient Chinese medicine, though it wasn't standard practice for new mothers.

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