SINGAPORE - Business manager Nathalie Chow believes she flouted traditional confinement practices for new mothers and got away with it without falling ill because she ate her own placenta, which was made into pills.
The 29-year-old says: "Old folks say the goodness of your body should be kept within the body. After birth, you lose the 'qi' or energy. Taking your own placenta restores it."
Private tutor Vanessa Teo, 36, says the difference between taking and not taking the pills was stark for her.
Nine years ago, after giving birth to her first child Gabriel, she was "exhausted" for two months, had body aches and felt dizzy.
It was different after the birth of her second child Naomi, now five. She got her confinement nanny to clean, steam and dry the placenta before asking Eu Yan Sang to process it into pills.
"I was back to my normal self within a week and was not breathless and didn't feel so dizzy."
The placenta is the organ through which oxygen and nutrients are transferred from the mother to the foetus during pregnancy. It is rich in iron and proteins.