The First Forty Days
The Essential Art of Nourishing the New Mother
It’s time to reclaim the lost art of caring for a mother after birth.
The first forty days after the birth of a child is an essential and fleeting period of rest and recovery for the new mother. In The First Forty Days, MotherBees founder Heng Ou, along with co-authors and fellow mothers, Amely Greeven and Marisa Belger, channeled her own experience with the Chinese practice of zuo yuezi—a period of postpartum confinement in which a woman remains at home focusing on healing and bonding with her baby—into a guide for the modern mother and her support team.
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.
This warm and encouraging guide also 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.
The Essential Art of Preparing for Pregnancy
The Essential Art of Preparing for Pregnancy is a conversation that isn’t being had—so we started it!
In spring 2020 we welcomed the second addition to our series of guides for women—Awakening Fertility: The Essential Art of Preparing for Pregnancy.
The path to motherhood can be a deep and transformative process with unexpected twists and turns. Awakening Fertility is a guide to accompany you along the journey, whether your desire to become a mother burns fiercely today or is a future calling just beginning to stir.
Designed for women at every stage of the preconception process, this book offers wisdom and guidance to support your body, mind, and spirit—including nearly fifty delicious recipes to nourish yourself deeply.