'Mad Men' Star January Jones Eats Her Own Placenta

Mon, March 26, 2012 8:32am EDT by 9 Comments
January Jones Placenta

The actress insists it’s not ‘witch-crafty’ and recommends it to all moms to keep energy up!

After giving birth to her son Xander last September, Mad Men actress January Jones, 34, was back on set right away. “I think I went back to set six or seven weeks after, so he was really little,” she tells People magazine. But needing a way to maintain high energy during the exhausting shooting schedule, January turned to an unlikely choice — placenta pills!

“I have a great doula who makes sure I’m eating well, with vitamins and teas, and with placenta capsulation,” she says.

She’s taken the pill every day since right after giving birth, as well as anytime she feels tired. “Your placenta gets dehydrated and made into vitamins,” she explains. “It’s something I was very hesitant about, but we’re the only mammals who don’t ingest our own placentas. It’s not witch-crafty or anything! I suggest it to all moms!”

With the grueling Mad Men shooting schedule, January needed something to keep energy high. “It was hard to work long days and then go home and not sleep,” she says. “It’s getting harder, not easier, so I’m a little concerned!”

But no matter what, she was determined to spend as much time with baby Xander as possible on set. “I had the baby and the baby nurse in their own room so I could go back and feed him every two hours,” she says. “If I felt like he needed me, or if he needed to eat, or even if I just needed a squeeze because I was having separation issues, I would go back and see him. It was such a blessing that I wasn’t separated from him.”

And don’t worry, Mad Men fans: January’s parenting techniques are nothing like her character Betty’s.

“I think my fans make cracks about it, but they don’t actually think I’d bring any of Betty’s parenting into my own life,” she says. “What’s nice is that the expectations for my parenting is very low, so I can really only exceed the expectations.”

HollyMoms — Would YOU ever eat your own placenta? Gross or good idea?

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