The First Forty Days

By Heng Ou, Amely Greeven, Marisa Belger

The First Forty Days

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New babies are special, they require some serious round-the-clock attention, but what about Mum?! Often overlooked, this gentle book reminds us that new Mums also need a whole lotta TLC!

Whether buying for a mum-to-be or yourself (or even a partner and family!), The First Forty Days gives thoughtful tips and suggestions on rest, nourishment and recovery. With themes from Eastern culture, it's a beautifully curated, yet modern guide on taking the first forty days nice and slow! 

With the recent arrival of our own little baby Heidi, this book has been a godsend and one I won’t hesitate to gift to every expecting Mum I know. Oh and the shiitake broth?! A new household favourite!

The first 40 days after the birth of a child offer an essential and fleeting period of rest and recovery for the new mother. Based on author Heng Ou's own postpartum experience with 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.
 
As modern mothers are pushed to prematurely "bounce back" after deliver­ing their babies, and are often left alone to face the physical and emotional challenges of this new stage of their lives, the first forty days provide a lifeline-a source of connection, nourishment, and guidance.
 
The book includes 60 simple recipes for healing soups; replenishing meals and snacks; and calming and lactation-boosting teas, all formulated to support the unique needs of the new mother. In addition to the recipes, this warm and encouraging guide offers advice on arranging a system of help during the post­partum period, navigating relationship challenges, and honouring the significance of pregnancy and birth.
 
The First Forty Days, fully illustrated to feel both inspiring and soothing, is a practical guide and inspirational read for all new mothers and mothers-to-be-the perfect ally during the first weeks with a new baby.