The endless steps of Chinese postpartum traditions: Confinement, Zuo Yue Zi (坐月子)


Straight after childbirth, Chinese mothers confine themselves at home or in confinement centers for a month. This is called Zuo Yue Zi (坐月子), which directly translates to ‘sitting the month’. The purpose of this confinement is to strengthen the weakened body following pregnancy to ensure the mother can later take on the demanding and energy-consuming […]