There I am above at nine months pregnant waiting anxiously for our baby girl to arrive, and below is me just four weeks later holding her in my arms!  My month of postpartum confinement ended yesterday (Woohoo! Hello, outside world and spicy food!), and I’m so excited to share my experience here on the blog! Check out my previous post, “I Plan On Following The Chinese Practice of Confinement Postpartum,” if you haven’t already, to get up to speed on zuò yuè zi and the full explanation of this practice. Below I recap my month of confinement: foods I ate, Chinese herbs I…

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Putting together a baby registry and figuring out everything we would need for our soon-to-be arriving baby girl was so overwhelming! I did not realize how many options there are for swaddles, cribs, gliding chairs and breast pumps. It’s overwhelming to say the least figuring out newborn needs. Throughout the process of putting together our registry and purchasing the items we needed, I kept oscillating back and forth between thinking – “Do I need all this stuff?!” and “OMG, I’m forgetting something our newborn needs!” But after many, many hours chatting with my experienced mommy friends, culling through Amazon reviews, watching mommy…

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Currently, I am 35 weeks pregnant! Woohoo – almost there! And while I’ve been busy checking off my to-do list (prepare the nursery, register at the hospital, make a list of baby names, etc), it’s now time to also begin prepping my body for labor by drinking daily a prenatal Chinese date tea made with red dates, goji berries, longans and astralangus. This herbal tea contains many components routinely used in Traditional Chinese Medicine, such as Chinese red dates (jujube), goji berries, astralangus membranaceous and dried longan, for their qi enhancing qualities. I was instructed to begin drinking this tea and eat…

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As a Korean adopted American girl raised by Jewish parents in the midwest, the Chinese postpartum practice of “sitting the month” also known as “confinement month” or zuò yuè zi was a foreign concept to me when I first learned about it from my Chinese American girlfriends. Many of them began getting pregnant a few years ago and discussing how they would practice this tradition, either with help from their mothers’/mother-in-laws or by hiring postpartum Chinese nannies. Some of the Chinese confinement rules felt intuitive, like eating nothing but nourishing soups with Chinese herbs, no physical exertion or wearing socks to prevent…

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(Above: Me at 25 weeks pregnant on our babymoon in Maui!) Pregnancy is such a joyous, exciting, and often overwhelming time. There is so much to learn, so much to prepare for and so much to avoid to keep your growing baby healthy – food and beauty-wise. When I got pregnant, all of these “don’ts” were swirling around in my head: don’t eat deli meat, don’t eat sushi, don’t use retinol. The biggies I knew, but figuring out everything that could be potentially harmful to my baby took some time, online digging and talking with friends with kids to figure out. Luckily…

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