Yesterday, we talked about Chinese postpartum recovery beliefs and practices featuring a Daddy Spotlight with Allan Liu of Liu Mama. Today, I wanted to continue on the series by looking at Korean postpartum traditions.
Korean postpartum recovery rituals are called samchilil, which literally means 21 days. Koreans believe that a new mother should be looked after carefully for at least 21 days following childbirth before returning to her normal day-to-day. Very similar to Chinese beliefs and practices, Korean postpartum recovery rituals are very focused on the mother after birth to ensure recovery and there is a strong emphasis on hot vs. cold.
To talk more about this today, I wanted to share a Q&A with a Korean supermom, Kim Uldricks, who recently went through taking care of her eldest daughter, Jen, after going through labor. Jen had her first born, Eoghan (pronounced “Owen”), 10 months ago, and I am sure you would all agree with me that he is too precious for words!!
In addition to sharing thoughts from Kim, I wanted to also include feedback from Jen herself after going through this, so keep reading to the end for more!