Zuo Yuezi really needs to become a part of Aussie culture for new mums (and second, third, fourth etc. time mums). The Chinese have definitely got the right idea. Shame on Western individualistic culture that leaves new mums to flounder on their own.
I don't think I could stand not showering or washing my hair for a month. I'd just skip that part haha. Oh and I'd like to watch a bit of TV...and not eat offal, liver and kidney.
Mums of newborns need to time just to focus on them and the baby - not rushing around, getting back into life as if they'd never had a baby. No housework, no paid work, no committees.... Just them and the baby and an army of caring friends and family.
Image from here.