Today’s guest, Heng Ou, has had the unique experience of exploring postpartum customs in many different cultures. During her travels to Asia, India, and even in her mother’s home she observed levels of support and community given to new mothers that are not commonly practiced in Western households. In other cultures, family members live with the new mother during the fourth trimester, preparing nourishing meals and offering emotional support for both mother and child.
Heng wanted to give other women the same type of care and support so she started a food delivery service for new mothers. The nourishing meals she prepares are designed to heal new mothers from the inside out. Her project has grown into a lifestyle community and she co-authored the inspiring book, The First Forty Days: The Essential Art of Nourishing the New Mother.
Heng shares the stories of her own births and how much of a difference it made when she was taken care of in the weeks after her birth – resulting in an incredibly quick physical recovery and no postpartum depression in comparison with her other births. Heng speaks from the heart and her personal experience will resonate with every mother.
In This Episode:
Understanding the mental, physical and emotional needs of a new mother
How support from friends and family is invaluable during the postpartum period
Which foods nourish new mothers and aid them in lactation and blood circulation
How new mothers can be kinder and gentler to themselves
How new mothers can ask for what they need
Getting enough human connection during the first forty days after birth
Finding support and a community
The First Forty Days: The Essential Art of Nourishing the New Mother, by Heng Ou, Amely Greeven, and Marisa Belger
About Our Guest:
Heng Ou is the founder of MotherBees, a Los Angeles-based food and lifestyle brand that supports women as they step into motherhood. Heng is the author of The First Forty Days: The Essential Art of Nourishing the New Mother along with Amely Greevan and Marisa Belger, and she just launched a postpartum meal service in the LA area. She has three great kids and had three very different postpartum experiences.