foodnews 12.17.14 jing-mommy-tasting_23586035966_o

While the debate over maternity leave continues…

In Chinese tradition, the month after a woman gives birth is one of the most crucial. It’s called 坐月子 (zuoyuezi, which translates to “sitting the month”). It’s a confinement month, where a woman is put on lockdown and eats a strict diet of warming foods like pig trotters or chicken soup with rice wine. Spicy food, alcohol, and raw foods are prohibited. In its most draconian form, women are discouraged from washing their hair or even going outside—though few follow those guidelines religiously.

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