Holly Madison has Big Plans for her Placenta

holly madison due in early march

It pains us to report that former 'Playboy' model Holly Madison plans to consume her placenta after the birth of her first child, due on March 5.

She blogged on Wednesday, "This might sound gross, but I'm totally planning on having my placenta turned into pills I can take after giving birth.  I heard it helps women recover faster and I want to recover as quickly as I can."

The practice isn't as whacky as you might think.  The process involves cleaning and cooking a woman's afterbirth and processing the remnants into capsules that will reportedly help new moms to nourish their bodies and curb the possibility of postpartum depression.

'Mad Men' celebrity January Jones had her expelled placenta turned into pills after the birth of son Xander in September 2011.

Jones encourages the practice: "Your placenta gets dehydrated and made into vitamins.  It's not witch-crafty or anything.  I suggest it to all moms."

The pills may not be FDA-approved in the U.S., but Yale Prevention Center founder Dr. David Katz reports, "This is a time-honored practice of eating the placenta.  It is nutrient-rich and a source of hormones. There is certainly a potential medicinal use."

Madison, with only a few days to go before the blessed event, tweeted: "Making progress painting my Alice in Wonderland themed nursery ... I wonder if I will finish in time!"

Baby daddy is boyfriend Pasquale Rotella, the millionaire CEO of Insomniac Events.

Photo:  WENN