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Former Miss Ireland Aoife Walsh reveals that she had placenta encapsulated after giving birth

'It’s supposed to be really good for recovery and baby blues and just getting your energy back and stuff'

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Former Miss Ireland Aoife Walsh has revealed that she got her placenta encapsulated after giving birth.

The model gave birth to her first child, baby Penelope, earlier this month and broke the news on Instagram with a sweet black and white snap cradling her bundle of joy, writing: “She's here.”

Aoife has been loving life as a new mum over the last few weeks and revealed on her Instagram Stories that she got her placenta encapsulated and has been taking the tablets every day.

Placenta encapsulation is the practice of ingesting the placenta after it has been made into pills. Some believe that it can prevent postpartum depression, improve mood and energy, and boost milk supply, but there is no current evidence that placenta encapsulation provides actual health benefits.

Aoife Walsh

Speaking about the process, Aoife shared: “I was actually just chatting to my friends last night and they were so intrigued by this... so, I actually got my placenta encapsulated. I know – it's so cool!

“So, the whole process was actually so easy. Basically, they had a courier come and collect my placenta after I gave birth and then it went off to be encapsulated and it arrived home in the post 3 days later. It was really efficient.

“It’s supposed to be really good for recovery and baby blues and just getting your energy back and stuff.

“And so far, so good. I’ve started to feel really good, like just a lot more like myself. I feel really happy and relaxed.

“I think they’re great so far. I got like 200 so you get a really good supply.”

The 2013 Miss Ireland champion also shared that she had her umbilical cord framed and said it’s such a “special” keepsake.

“Basically they dipped it in copper and shaped it and framed it. It’s actually the most special keepsake I own. It’s actually so cool. I can’t believe that’s my umbilical cord,” she said.

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