New moms are advised to eat as much as possible according to traditional Chinese confinement practices. After reading many many articles from websites, newspapers and magazines, I can conclude that it is not necessary to eat that much during confinement period because what new moms really need is a BALANCED DIET to help in recovery. Instead of eating more, it is better to eat good quality food. If you eat more than what you need, it will end up giving you extra pounds and even change your eating habit.
I'm definitely not that kind of new mom that can finish eating one chicken a day. Rice wine chicken for 30days is also a absolutely NO NO for me. According to the diet practice of Taiwanese, you are advised to take light, less oily and easily digested food for the first 14 days after delivery.
Okay, just to share with you all on the things to prepare before delivery.
Soft cotton mamma confinement shoes. I think socks are not good enough especially when walking on the floor in an air-conditioned room. Super love this pair of sweet and comfortable shoes.
So Hup pills are well known for dispelling wind from body
Sheng Hua Tang helps in excretion of lochia
Ginger, the most important ingredient in every dish
Some of the traditional Chinese herbs
Everyone is aware of the benefits of a properly prepared confinement meal but not everyone can actually prepare it properly and deliciously. And I was so lucky to get a confinement lady who can tasty delicious confinement food.
HERE'S MY CONFINEMENT FOOD! Really miss all these taste so much.
Steamed chicken with ginger. Tasted super nice.
Steamed fish with ginger.
Stir fried meat balls with mushroom
Stir fried fish with wine
Stir fried fish with shredded ginger
Braised pork knuckle with black vinegar
Typical rice wine chicken
Sesame oil chicken
Pan-fried minced meat patties
Steamed chicken with angelica and boxthorn fruit
Stir-Fried Pork with Ginger and Black Fungus
Pan fried chicken with black pepper
Braised potato with chicken
Steamed chicken with rice wine and herbs
Stir-fried broccoli with chicken and rice wine
Stir fried sweet potato leaves with shredded ginger
My confinement period was relaxing and yet torturing. I was like a QUEEN during the precious one month period. No work, no stress. I really enjoyed being served by people. But the cons are no outing and no hair wash.
Speaking of no hair wash during confinement, I found many experts' advice on this and many concluded that hair wash is permitted after 14 days provided you blow dry your hair immediately after washing it with hot water with special herbs. Is it a good news to all the moms-to-be?
I hate those traditional Chinese taboos honestly. But I gotta follow the fundamental one to ensure I regain my health. According to the traditional Chinese physician, air-cond room is definitely NO NO for me because my body is weak and wind will easily get into my body which will cause a lot of health problem when I grow old. Sigh..... This is the sacrifice of being a mum.
All moms-to-be, please remember that, what may work for one, may not work for another.