- Chinese customs dictate that a woman must restrict her movements and restore nutrients for a month
- This practice is called “Zuoyuezi” or “sit the month”
- A new mother must keep herself warm and avoid being exposed to the cold
In the Philippines, an ample amount of time for resting after giving birth is already enough as post-pregnancy care. Though the longevity of the period may vary from one person to another, it is safe to say that no woman stays cooped up inside a room for a month in this modern era.
As for the Chinese, it’s a different case. While every country has their own tradition on various topics, you’d be pretty surprised on how they take their post-pregnancy care intensely serious and cautious.
In an article written on Telegraph, Yuan Ren introduced the bizarre customs in China.
Usually, a new mother is forced to remain in bed and relish a month-long recovery they called “Zuoyuezi” which can be translated to “sit the month.” Often, it is described as “confinement.”
Perhaps, you’d agree with the latter term better after learning more about the customs.
Although city-dwellers have followed these less as years went on, those who live in the rural areas of the country remain faithful to the traditions.
According to the practice of Zuoyuezi, a woman who has only given birth must stay bundled up in bed and keep herself warm. In that sense, opening a window or heading outside is prohibited since it may cause her to catch a cold. They are also obliged to consume large amounts of pork broth because of its high nutritional value.
Some of the more extreme practices include not taking a shower and brushing of teeth – which should last for a month, if you’d strictly follow Zuoyuezi.
Basically, Zuoyuezi demands restriction of movement and restoration of nutrients. This is to avoid exposing the lower body of a woman to cold since it might cause harm to the reproductive cycle and hamper her quick recovery.
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The possibility of also having chronic yet minor illnesses is said to be one of the consequences if one does not abide by it.
Though the practice is still alive, most medical experts today don’t encourage the practice. A correct balance of healthy diet, exercise, and rest is enough as post-pregnancy care.
However, a lot of Chinese women embrace the culture and welcome it as a period of bliss.
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During the Zuoyuezi, women often gain weight and feel totally relaxed.