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The First Forty Days : The Essential Art of Nourishing the New Mother - Heng Ou

The First Forty Days

The Essential Art of Nourishing the New Mother

By: Heng Ou

Hardcover Published: 26th April 2016
ISBN: 9781617691836
Number Of Pages: 224

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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 honoring 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.

About the Author

Heng Ou is the founder of MotherBees, a food and lifestyle company supporting women through every stage of motherhood.

Amely Greeven is the coauthor of the New York Times bestseller Clean.

Marisa Belger is a writer and editor whose work has appeared in numerous magazines and websites including Natural Health, Prevention, Travel + Leisure, and New York.

Industry Reviews

"It gently posits the argument for curling up in bed for several weeks post-birth and is filled with replenishing recipes to knit you back together." - Baby

"Women are beginning to see the range of choices they have during pregnancy and birth, but the journey isn’t over when the baby arrives. Bringing our attention back to the importance of the postpartum period for new mothers helps to create space for this essential period of integration and recovery. The First 40 Day is an invaluable companion during the first 40 days and beyond." - Ricki Lake & Abby Epstein, Filmmakers, The Business of Being Born

Must have for every mama to be!!


I just had my first baby and got this book a month before the due date.itsa great read and infi how to prepare for 4th trimester which many forget. Great recipes and hiw to prep your pantry and take good care for yourself during the first 40days after your baby has been born. Highly recommended to all mamas to be!!!

Gold Coast


First 40 days


Fantastic book that all expecting mothers should read. Provides well written advice and support with the sound knowledge that food is medicine and should be used! Great gift for expectant mothers also.

New South Wales



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ISBN: 9781617691836
ISBN-10: 1617691836
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 26th April 2016
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 17.78  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.64

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