Roger Marwood, of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, said: “There are no proven physical benefits in consuming a placenta, whether it is raw, in a smoothie or in capsule form.
“It may be full of protein, but it is unlikely to ward off postnatal depression, help you sleep, increase breast milk production or give you more energy.”
But many mums disagree, and swear by the placenta pills.
Which celebrities have used placenta pills?
Back in 1998, TV chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall caused huge controversy when he fried up a new mum’s placenta and served it as pate to 20 of her friends and family members, on a Channel 4 show.
But since then, the process has become less of a taboo.
Mum-to-be Daniella Lloyd shocked viewers on Loose Women when she announced she is planning on eating her placenta after giving birth.
Kim Kardashian famously sampled the pills after the birth of Kanye’s kids Saint and North West, in a bid to ward of postnatal depression.
Her sister Kourtney also took the tablets after the birth of her third child Reign Aston Disick – telling her millions of Instagram followers she would be sad when her ‘yummy’ and ‘life changing’ pills ran out.
WAG Coleen Rooney swore her pills left her bursting with energy after giving birth to third son Kit.
She added: “I slept really well and they helped to stabilise my weight after having Kit.”
Atomic Kitten singer Natasha Hamilton, who announced her engagement last month, previously chowed down on her placenta – as did Mad Men star January Jones.
In January, Jamie Vardy’s wife Rebekah was the latest celebrity to opt to have her placenta frozen and turned into pills – after the birth of their second child.
Rebekah, 34, believes the tablets will help her recover from giving birth to the footie ace’s baby.
The wife of England footballer Jamie gave birth on January 10, and is looking to use the pills to help her get back on her feet.