If you are pregnant, you’re probably thinking about how the post-natal period will be. Confinement is a popular culture among various communities in Asia. During confinement, new mothers are secluded from the rest of the society, engage in certain practices, observe some rules, and eat special food for confinement mothers. All this is meant to help them recover and give excellent care to the baby. They are often under the care of their mother-in-law (that was the common tradition) or a special confinement nanny.
Confinement can be interesting, enjoyable and beneficial. Read on and find out how you can enjoy your time during confinement practices.
Make Your Confinement Diet Interesting
Food for confinement mothers is often elaborate and has strict regulations. The Chinese prohibit mothers from eating “cold” foods. They also have restrictions over seasoning or spicing foods. Most Singaporean communities, including Malay and Indian, also restrict seasoning and spices for the best confinement foods.
It sounds like the best confinement foods take away all the “savoury ingredients” and all the tastiness?
Not exactly. You can make confinement food just as sumptuous (if not more tantalizing) as the normal foods. Just check out some of the mouthwatering recipes for confinement meals in Singapore that excite you and share them with your confinement nanny.
But if the recipes prove to be too complicated to make at home, you can order for Chinese confinement food delivery too.
Get Some Rest and No Exercise
Another fun part of confinement is resting. Childbirth is exceptionally draining. It takes energy from every part of your body to push through labor, and you’ll crave for the extra hours to sleep. Chinese traditions have it that you shouldn’t do any work or exercises for at least 100 days after delivery. It may seem not such a big deal, but you’ll value it.
Plus, you can use this time to bond deeply with the baby and other family members. As your body heals also let your relationships heal. So, clear from your calendar any straining activities and put on your schedule only restful activities including taking care of the baby.
Finally, Make the Most from the Special Treatment
Amongst the Malays, postnatal massage and hot stone massages are very popular. Indian mothers also receive refreshing massages from their caregivers. From as early as two days after delivery (if it’s not a cesarean section). The massage will help your uterus and body get back into shape, remove excess blood and clots from your body and help relax your muscles. Plus, it’s pure bliss!
Other special treatments for confinement mothers such as warm herbal baths are instrumental in the restoration of your body and mind and are fun.
So, brace yourself for confinement enjoyment. Use these tips to know how to make the most during this time.