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Why The First 40 Days After Birth Are So Important

In many cultures around the world, the first 40 days after birth (postpartum) is an essential time for the health of the mother and child. In South America, Europe (Greece), the Middle East and Asia, a 40-day rest period is considered mandatory after an infant’s birth. In this time the mother is not expected to leave the house, cook food, or do anything but bond with her infant. It is of utmost importance that the mother along with the newborn, get exceptional care during this time. Childbirth leaves a woman’s body weakened & depleted due to the loss of blood, fluids & energy. It is important for the new mother to nourish herself with food, rest, warmth, and support so that she is able replenish the blood, fluids & energy to continue to care for herself and her child.


Things as simple as resting as much as possible, eating nourishing and warming foods such as soups and stews with blood building foods: high quality meats, beets, leafy greens etc) and keeping warm, particularly the feet (wearing sock or slippers) are extremely beneficial.


Proper nourishment and healing post birth ensure that the mother lives a happy and healthy life and doesn't leave her weakened and susceptible to illnesses in the future.


Nutrition is not only about the foods you are consuming. Nourishing your body through rest and warmth is pertinent to restoring balance during the postpartum period.




WHAT ASSISTS A NEW MOTHER IN HER RECOVERY IN THE POSTPARTUM PERIOD:

  1. Herbal Medicine

  2. Acupuncture/ Acupressure

  3. Keep warm, with warm clothes, socks and heat bags/ water bottles

  4. Eat blood building foods (listed below)

  5. Proper nutrition - organic, seasonal, whole foods

  6. Reach out to those around you and get help when needed- whether with food, cleaning, caring for other children, breastfeeding support and mental or physical health

  7. Eat only warming foods (Very minimal cold, raw foods or foods and drinks cold out of the fridge)

  8. Resting as much as possible

  9. Hydration- good quality water

  10. Avoid cold places and draughty conditions

  11. Eat plenty of soups and stews

  12. Minimal visitors (if any) & not leaving the house unless essential and for at least the first 2 weeks

  13. Avoid greasy, fatty, sugary, processed, artificial foods


Recommended foods:

Chicken

Beef

Lamb

Eggs

Offal (Liver, heart, kidney etc)

Oats

Rice

Eggs

Plum

Dates

Black Grapes

Tomatoes

Cherries

Yam

Sweet Potato

Apples

Apricots

Beetroot

Pumpkin

Spinach

Potato

Kidney beans

Chickpeas

Black beans

Parsley

Ginger

Cinnamon

Almonds




RECOMMENDED PRODUCTS


The First Forty Days Book + Recipes


Jing Nourishing Herbal Formula


The Postnatal Depletion Cure Book


The Golden Month Book + Recipes


Real Food For Pregnancy Book



RECOMMENDED SERVICES


The Golden Month- Postpartum Care + Meal Delivery -AUSTRALIA


Postpartum Meal Delivery- USA


Shine Postnatal Services- Birth & Pregnancy Education, Lactation & Postpartum Support & Counselling


Maternal Instincts- Breastfeeding Support & Services


Doula wisdom- Pregnancy & Postpartum Services


Soak Holistic Lactation Services