Fighting China’s Shame and Ignorance on Postpartum Incontinence


SHANGHAI — When Chen Lijun explains the damage giving birth can do to the body, the young women in her audience gasp. Unsatisfying sex, prolapsed organs, and an inability to hold in your pee aren’t exactly the sorts of things their mothers told them about. But, to her audience’s obvious relief, there are solutions, says Chen, a health instructor who specializes in the pelvic floor — the … Continue reading Fighting China’s Shame and Ignorance on Postpartum Incontinence

Chinese Relationship Guru to Women: Put Motherhood On Hold


Do not get pregnant too soon – that is the message of China’s most popular relationship advisor to women on Weibo. The post became an instant hit, igniting online discussions of becoming a mom directly after marriage. Chinese best-selling author Lu Qi (陆琪), also known as one of the most popular relationship advisors on Sina Weibo, advises Chinese women on his Weibo account not to have … Continue reading Chinese Relationship Guru to Women: Put Motherhood On Hold

“Sitting the Month” – a Gift or Torture?


After Mother’s Day, it is still a hot topic on China’s social media: how could Kate Middleton appear in public, high heels and all, only 10 hours after giving birth? In China, new moms are confined to their beds for weeks after giving birth. This tradition, called ‘sitting the month’, comes with many rules. Amongst them: no showering, no drinking cold water, no leaving the … Continue reading “Sitting the Month” – a Gift or Torture?