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5 Confinement Herbal Soups That Can Boost Your Postpartum Recovery
Restaurateur Auguste Escoffier once said, “Of all the items on the menu, soup is that which exacts the most delicate perfection and the strictest attention.” The soup is a dish that combines all the ingredients, delivering a hearty bowl of nutrients and warmth. While it is known that confinement herbal soup dishes are beneficial and are often included in confinement meals, it requires lots of knowledge and effort for a mother to ensure that she has sufficient nutrient intake. Tian Wei Signature provides mamas with a simple solution from the guidance of our professional chef and the in-house dietitian. Scroll down to have a look at 5 of Tian Wei Signature’s confinement herbal soups that aid postpartum recovery.
1. Gingko Lotus Seed Pig Stomach Soup
Whether innards are suitable for confinement meals is one of the questions that we frequently receive, and the answer is “Yes!”. In the Traditional Chinese Medicine context, pig stomach soup can potentially provide warmth to the mother’s abdomen region and stomach as well as strengthen the body. Moreover, this soup contains another great ingredient for traditionally dispelling wind during confinement, which is ginger. Great for digestion and warming up the body, ginger is believed to be able to help with ailments such as rheumatism and aches caused by wind, and it is a lactogenic ingredient that helps to boost the milk supply.
Aside from that, this soup contains pork ribs which are good sources of iron, zinc and vitamin B12, and gingko and red dates which are rich in vitamin C. All these ingredients combine to make a nourishing soup.
2. Strong Nourishing Soup
Containing a rich source of iron from Angelicae, Dang Shen, and Polygonatum, this soup helps to supply oxygen throughout your body by developing red blood cells and improves collagen formation to promote wound healing around the genital and caesarean area after labour. Additionally, Dang Shen root is traditionally said to be able to prevent several diseases such as heart disease, irregular menstruation, insomnia, inflammation, etc. It may also help relieve stress and aid the mother’s mental health. Not to forget, one of the main ingredients rich in Vitamin B12 is chicken, which helps keep blood and nerve cells healthy.
3. Fenugreek Green Papaya Herbal Fish Soup
One of our popular soups, the Fenugreek Green Papaya Herbal Fish Soup is double-boiled with many other Chinese herbs that are beneficial to consume during confinement such as yù zhú, dang gui, chuan xiong, wolfberries, and red dates. These ingredients are traditionally known to help regulate the blood, expel wind and coldness, and promote a smoother flow of Qi.
As for green papaya, this fruit is famously known for its traditional lactogenic properties from saponins and alkaloids and is rich in vitamin C which promotes wound healing. On top of all those ingredients, we use Seabass as our fish of choice due to it being a good source of omega 3-DHA which is needed for a baby’s brain development and lowering the risk of postpartum depression. Seabass is also a good source of vitamin D which supports bone health and the immune system in both mother and child.
4. Eucommia Kidney-Nourishing Soup
Equally high up the nutrient scale is our Eucommia Kidney-Nourishing Soup, another heartwarming herbal soup. Traditionally believed to strengthen the kidneys, liver, and waist, this soup contains many herbs and ingredients that are said to help with recovery after childbirth, such as eucommia and morinda officinalis, chicken and black beans which are good sources of protein and red dates which are rich in potassium that regulates muscle function and heartbeats.
In addition, it contains a root that is also known as the ‘poor man’s ginseng’ — the codonopsis pilosula root. Known to bring plenty of traditional benefits, it is especially useful as a blood tonic that mothers drink to improve their uterine function.
5. Heart Calming Soup
While working on your physical health and recovery, Tian Wei Signature cares about mothers’ mental health as well. Have you ever wondered why mothers get angry, triggered or sorrowful easily? Here comes the “it’s okay to not be okay” mamas. The most important thing is that you know what’s the cause. Research shows that estrogen and progesterone will both plummet throughout pregnancy until a few months after delivery. Simultaneously, there will be a surge in prolactin and oxytocin. These fluctuating hormones may be the reasons for the mood swings mothers experience after giving birth.
Heart Calming Soup is a combination of several Traditional Chinese ingredients such as lotus seed (rich in Potassium), red dates (rich in vitamin C), wolfberries (rich in Vitamin A), and many more. Every sip of this soup aims to provide you with a refreshing and flavourful soothe.
Now you have 5 amazing confinement herbal soups that can boost postpartum recovery on your list, so what’s your next step? Research suitable ingredients and whether they can be cooked together? Calculate the portion of every nutrient? Brew soup while watching over your newborn? Mamas, why the fuss when you can get warm and nutritious herbal soup delivered right to your doorstep? Click here to check out our confinement herbal package in Singapore that includes warm herbal soup delivery in thermal flasks for lunch and dinner!