Nourishing los angeles, orange county & san diego mamas

The First Forty Days

"This book is a must read for all expectant mamas for a healthy and happy postpartum. We are calling in our sisters, yearning for connection, to be seen and heard. We are making waves together." - Sacred Nest, Pregnancy Care Center, Calgary, Alberta
"I'm well out of my fourth trimester and I've never had one that made me feel WELL and taken care of. I used so many of your recipes and passed them along to everyone I know. Friends and family have been surprised at how WELL I seem and it's wisdom I'm carrying with me from now on. Loved the ending of your book...tuning into your instincts never has to end. I'll be gifting your book to some close friends of mine who are now expecting." Sarah Q.


The first forty days after the birth of a child is an essential and fleeting period of rest and recovery for the new mother. Author Heng Ou (along with her co-authors and fellow mothers, Amely Greeven and Marisa Belger) channeled her own experience with zuo yuezi, a set period of postpartum “confinement,” in which a woman remains at home focusing on healing and bonding with her baby, into the The First Forty Days, a book that revives the lost art of caring for a mother after birth. The book includes 60 simple and delicious 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 (and to feed hungry partners, too). In addition to the recipes, this warm and encouraging guide offers advice on securing help during the postpartum period, navigating inevitable relationship challenges, and honoring the rite of passage that is pregnancy and 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 radically new chapter of their lives, The First Forty Days stands as a lifeline—a source of connection, nourishment, and guidance. It is the perfect ally for the first few weeks with a new baby…and beyond.

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