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Childbirth tends to draw a lot of energy and blood from the new mother’s body. This leaves her tired and weak, which makes it tough for her to take care of herself and the newborn baby. Therefore, most Singaporeans will go through a confinement period, which usually lasts between 30 -40 days. During this period, the mother sticks to a particular diet comprising of warming and nutritious foods and herbal soups to help her regain back her energy, produce enough breast milk and restore her body to its previous condition. The mother should try not get out of the house or engage in strenuous work that may lead to other health problems later in life.
In the past, new mothers used to receive postpartum care from relatives, but people are now leading busy lives. New mothers are now receiving care from confinement nannies or getting a confinement soup package in Singapore from catering service providers. All these caregivers have exceptional skills in preparing various traditional confinement dishes and soups. They know the best ingredients to use that will add more warmth, energy, and blood in the mother’s body. Below are some of their favorite ingredients for confinement foods.
Ginger is one of the popular ingredients in confinement dishes and soups due to its ability to add warmth to the body. A new mother gets ‘wind’ or gas in the body after childbirth, which may lead to rheumatism or body aches if not dispelled quickly. Old ginger is a warming ingredient known for its abilities to remove ‘wind’ and detoxify the body.
- Sesame Oil
Sesame oil is rich in iron, calcium and Vitamin E. The oil, which is often known as healing oil, will not only add an inviting aroma to your soups but will also help improve the circulation of blood. Sesame oil is also an antibacterial agent and has natural antibacterial properties as well.
Papaya is mainly boiled together with fish to make a sweet and milky gravy that helps in boosting milk supply in new mothers. It is also very rich in proteins, vitamins A and C, and beta-carotene.
- Different Types of Meats
All soups are simmered under low heat for them to release nutrients and vitamins from the meats. Meats from pork, chicken, and fish that are used as the base flavor for soups, as they are all very rich in proteins and other nutrients responsible for breast milk supply. It is highly advisable to use meat from hens while making soup as they are more nutritious than the other types of meat. Our menus contains wide variety of meat dishes that able to prevent mothers from getting bored of what they eat. Most importantly, to able to provide well-balanced and nutrition they needed. Check out our Confinement Food Menu that serves a wide range of dishes prepared with various meats to cater varieties that are well-balanced and nutritious for confinement mothers.
- Red Dates
Red dates are natural soup sweeteners and high-energy sources. The fruits are rich in iron, magnesium, Vitamin A, B, and C as well as proteins. Red dates tea was traditionally used in place of water, but it is also added to the soups today to boost milk production, increase blood circulation, and improve the new mother’s immunity. The Chinese believed that water retention in the body would leave the mother cold hence the need to take dates to minimize the water retention levels in the body.
Wolfberries (also known as goji berries) are very rich in Vitamin C, riboflavin, beta-carotene, and thiamine. They are used in most soups due to their antioxidant properties and their abilities to eliminate fatigue from the body. They are also great immune system enhancers and helps in improving vision.
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There are many ingredients used in making confinement soups with most of them providing a range of benefits to the body. The traditional soups used minimal ingredients and herbs, but modern caterers have introduced more recipes and ingredients in their confinement soup package in Singapore. Remember that the main purpose of the confinement soups is to restore your energy, increase milk production, and promote healing, so you should consider consuming such soups during postnatal confinement.