With my first birth my yoga teacher encouraged me to stay off my feet and stay at home for the first 40 days. At that time I lived with my teacher and everyone around me was supportive, so I did it and it was really great. I healed really well and felt amazing mentally, spiritually and emotionally.
With my 2nd birth I wasn't able to do that because I was traveling and living somewhere else where I had no help and the people around me didn't understand it. After awhile I suffered a lot of physical pain and depression.
This time, I tried my best and it was better than the 2nd time, but I didn't have a lot of help either, because I live far from anyone I know and moved just before giving birth.
Do you stay in and rest for 40 days or what is your tradition after birth and how do you feel it has helped or hindered you?