The First Forty Days by Heng Ou
The Essential Art of Nourishing the New Mother
The first forty days is a short season in which you recover from birth and your baby unfurls slowly into the world. It is a time of amazing intensity and adjustment. This warm and encouraging guide offers advice on navigating the postpartum period and includes recipes for healing broths, calming and lactation-boosting teas, plus more – all formulated to support the needs of new mothers.
Inspired by author Heng Ou’s own postpartum experience with the traditional Chinese zuo yuezi, a set period of “confinement” in which a woman remains at home focusing on healing and bonding with her baby. The First Forty Days revives the lost art of caring for the mother after birth.