A New Kind of Nesting

Expecting parents are notorious nesters, busying themselves with serious home baby-ification in the last weeks before the little one arrives. But I’m voting for a new kind of preparation, one that puts mama front and center. Sure, it may be fun to check out paint colors for the nursery and spend your preggy months decking out baby’s pad with jazzy mobiles and adorable wall decals, but the cold hard truth is that your tiny bundle of goodness doesn’t give a hoot about his room’s color scheme. Your baby has incredibly simple needs in his first weeks ofRead More

Big on Broth

The bone broth trend may actually be simmering after years in the spotlight where it made appearances in folksy-looking jars on the shelves of specialty shops, Whole Foods, and even entire stores dedicated to the golden-hued elixir (thinking of Brodo in NYC). Celebrities were busy touting its benefits and even the LA Lakers got behind the movement with Kobe Bryant attributing his recovery from a major injury to the healing benefits of broth. Some have even called broth the new coffee, choosing to fill their morning mug with chicken or beefRead More

How do You Retreat, Exactly?

The First Forty Days is based on Five Insights or common themes that are found in traditional postpartum care around the world: Retreat, Warmth, Support, Rest, and Ritual. These five insights are timeless, remaining just as relevant to the modern new American mother as they were to a mother in 1950s China or 1920s India. While each insight is applicable to every mother’s experience, some may seem a bit strange at first. Take Retreat, the first Insight. Unless you’re retreating to a week of yoga in Costa Rica or a month of meditation in an ashram, youRead More