After Toby was born, my friend Abbey visited me at the hospital and brought …
… a bottle of freshly squeezed orange juice. And I can say with certainty, nothing in the history of the world has tasted so good. It was sweet, bright and completely restored. I still remember every sip that confirms life.
After the birth, all my senses were amplified – plus, I was voracious from the athletics of delivering man to the world! This seems to apply to other women as well.
“The first bite of a massive sandwich to be eaten after childbirth is a bite that hasn’t been surpassed yet,” says a reader named Amy.
In England, sisters bring you toast with tea and tea, says a reader named Pam: “Never has anything tasted so good.”
Rosalie adds, “One of my favorite pictures is of me holding my newborn daughter while I take a big bite of a huge Italian submarine.”
In his memoirs on the loss of his mother, Michelle Zauner he wrote about a Korean algae soup called miyeokguk, “a traditional dish to celebrate the mother, and that’s what women usually eat after childbirth.” When she ate it, she said, “It calmed me down, as if I had returned to the womb, floating freely.”
And in his interview about parenting in South Korea, Elise Hu-Stiles remembers the meal during childbirth: “Something I couldn’t imagine is the intense attention that pregnant women and their partners eat well! For lunch I had to eat a huge cheeseburger between contractions. They even served me an easily digestible chicken conge dish when I was in serious despair, about an hour before the pushing time. ”
Now I’m curious: If you gave birth, what was your first meal after that? Was it the tastiest? I would love to hear…