Last year I was contacted by a journalist, who wanted to quote me regarding my experiences on zuo yuezi (Chinese postpartum confinement). And finally, I got the result: part of a feature article titled ‘Mums around the world’ in the United Kingdom’s glossy parenting magazine Gurgle.
The article focuses almost solely on not washing your hair for a month during zuo yuezi. I am always somewhat amazed by the fascination people have with not washing your hair during this time. In the days before bottles of shampoo, people didn’t really lather up their hair that often. And during zuo yuezi I also didn’t take a bath or shower for a month (which was waaaay harder), and also ate big bowls of liver and kidney soup each day. Oh, and stayed inside even through a week of jackhammering directly above our apartment.
But did I mention the good bits about zuo yuezi, like having a nanny to care for me, look after the baby so I could get sleep and also cook means? And that I reduced 13kg within one month? And looked and felt better than before I was pregnant. Now all I have to do is keep working on all that other baby fat I accumulated during pregnancy.