Confinements of the Eastern World
When a woman gives birth to a child, along comes the confinement taboos that she needs to follow righteously. The people residing in the western part of the world do not follow these restrictions, and may not be familiar with them, but for the Eastern world, it is a must! If you think that a woman needs to have maternity leave just to recover from her health and bond with the baby, think again! There are a lot of procedures that she needs to undergo. These procedures will make her more resilient and patient in the future. But, for a new mother, these things are something she is not familiar with. Therefore, a family often hires a confinement nanny for two months to aid in the confinement process.
So, what are these taboos we are talking about? Let’s have a look!
Yes! You’ve read that right. A new mother is not allowed to bath or have a shower for one month. Alternatively, you can bathe with the “Da Feng Chao” herbal bath that is prepared for post-natal bathing.
No Cold Items
Many Eastern mothers are given a diet full of protein to offer them energy. Fruits and vegetables with cooling effects are usually avoided. Cold drinks are cold fridge items are a big NO! A new mother should eat whenever asked to. Otherwise, it is considered as a dangerous sign that she has no appetite. For many, confinement period is the time to nourish your body, so eating is important.
A Womb Massage for You?
Many Malay practices use womb massage to keep the womb in its right position and to give way to the air out of the body
These are some of the most famous practices carried about in the East. According to the Chinese, these taboos have to be avoided by a woman if she wants to live a long and a healthy life in the future.
Confinement of the Western World
Although westerners rarely practice any special restrictions during their confinement, it is encouraged to avoid doing some of these things:
Make sure you;
- Do not eat and drink a lot of cold items
- Avoid bathing after a sunset
- Cover yourself properly and stay away from direct air conditioner
- Wear socks all the time when out of bed
- Never wash your feet after sunset
- Try to avoid a lot of spicy food
- Eat a lot of ginger
- Say NO to tea, and coffee
These confinement practices may be new to you, but there is no harm in following them if you are about to give birth soon. At the end of the day, it is your health we are concerned about!