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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.
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 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.