Betty Draper doesn’t set the healthiest example with her chain smoking, but in real life, January Jones maintained her energy while filming Mad Men by taking placenta pills, and says other new moms should consider doing the same. The process that’s been publicized several times in the past, but this is the first time we’ve heard a major celebrity advocate ingesting your own placenta in order to maintain energy levels in the first few months of motherhood; like her advice or not, we’re just happy to hear a new Hollywood mom talk about how to maintain energy, instead of how to lose weight.
The actress and new mom told People that she went back to filming just six or seven weeks after her son Xander, now six months old, was born:
“I had the baby and the baby nurse in their own room so I could go back and feed him every two hours,” the first-time mom recalls.
“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.”
Jones tells PEOPLE that the biggest challenge of being a mom on set was the exhaustion. “It was hard to work long days and then go home and not sleep,” says the actress. “It’s getting harder, not easier, so I’m a little concerned!”
To get through the sheer exhaustion, she says her doula helped dehydrate her placenta and make it into vitamin pills:
“I have a great doula who makes sure I’m eating well, with vitamins and teas, and with placenta capsulation. […] 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.”
Jones has taken the capsules every day since right after she had her son, and also anytime she feels tired or down. Jones insists, “It’s not witch-crafty or anything! I suggest it to all moms!”
Now, we can’t really confirm whether placenta pills will help every new mom get through a rocky and exhausting return to work (and her doula services are, unsurprisingly, above and beyond what most women can probably afford). But it’s kind of nice to hear a celebrity talk about the difficulty of being a new mom and going back to work. And it’s also nice to hear her give suggestions for dealing with energy dips, instead of telling women how she got her post-baby body looking so good.