Postpartum Recovery

Since Lizzie was studying Traditional Chinese Medicine, she decided to follow a modified traditional Chinese Zuo Yuezi (坐月子, zuò yuè zi), or "Sitting-in Child Month", where she didn't leave the house for a month and ate special foods (with an emphasis on warm, nourishing soups and stews). If you are fortunate enough to be able to take that time off (and have sufficient support from a partner/family/friends), we highly recommend it (even Western doctors will tell you that the body takes at least 6 weeks to recover).

Note that the very traditional practice includes not bathing/washing hair for ~40 days...we didn't follow that part!


The First Forty Days: The Essential Art of Nourishing the New Mother - (Amazon, Google Books, SFPL) is a great reference to some of the traditional Zuo Yuezi practices, along with recipes, etc.


The #1 important thing during postpartum is to REST. Ideally in bed. Try to sleep as much as possible.



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