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The First Forty Days: The Essential Art of Nourishing the New Mother Hardcover – April 26, 2016
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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.
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There is a lot of information regarding traditional postpartum practices from around the world and particularly China as that is the authors heritage/background. Some of these things will probably seem very weird or even gross to those of us modern western world mothers. However, the author does not make any kind of requirements for postpartum care only suggestions and guidelines. I encourage you to read this with an open mind and anything not interesting to you is easily skipped over. There will still be so much knowledge, history, and nutritional care to take away from this read.
My husband (an avid cook) has already made several of the recipes at the end, even though baby has yet to arrive, and they are all remarkably comforting and delicious. Even if you decide to skip some of the more unusual recipes, there are great basic ideas here, and the recipes are really only a small fraction of what make this book so helpful. At its heart is a recognition of the sacredness of this special time, and the necessity of supporting the new mother as she restores herself mentally, physically, and spiritually during this fleeting but critically important transition.
I've used many of the recipies and given it away as gifts. I even shared it around professionally with postpartum nurses. Great resource.
My only issue with this book is that it almost has too much info and I don’t have the luxury of time to fully READ the entire book (as I have an toddler already to care for while preparing for my new one). It would be great to have a shorter “cliff notes” version for those of us moms who just don’t have the time. Just because you’re a second time or multi time mom doesn’t mean you don’t need this info or reminder to take care of you after baby comes, but it’s just too wordy to get through the whole thing. Maybe if you’re a first time mom that has time to read through a bunch of baby prep books but not one that already has kids.
Nevertheless very good book and great reminder to all moms how and the importance to take care of herself the months after birth.