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Summary

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 40 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 honoring the significance of pregnancy and birth. 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2016 Heng Ou, Amely Greeven, and Marisa Belger (P)2019 Tantor

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Amazing !! It's a must read for mums.

So insightful, with practical guidance on how to take the wisdom of the ancients and apply it to our modern time and reclaim this beautiful period that is 'the first forty days' post-partum

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  • 18-10-21

Depends on Your Goal

If you are looking for some nice stories and personal testimony fine. If your looking for actionable advice of any level of science backed data this is not the book for you.

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  • Yulia
  • 08-10-21

Whole book about nothing

Take rest and eat well reiterated in million words. Good ideas but kindergarten level of research.

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  • Haley Briseno
  • 08-05-21

Postpartum must-have

This book is a must for every parent and family going through postpartum. Inspiring and encouraging!

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  • Valarie Martin
  • 07-04-21

Wish I had this BEFORE my baby came!

I love this book so much! I will use it as a guide to prepare for my next postpartum experience. It helped me to slow down and realize that relaxing and recovering were the best options for myself and for my baby. I didn't have a sweet for 30 days and that's saying something because I love cookies! But I was inspired to improve my health!

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  • Diane Stephens
  • 16-02-21

Must read book

This book is phenomenal and easy to read or listen to for non readers. Definitely worth it!