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Are you currently in confinement? If so, congratulations! You’ve made it through one of the most important, and challenging, times in a mother’s life. Now it’s time to focus on your own recovery and allow your body to heal. This is where soups come in.
Soups are an essential part of the confinement period diet for new mothers in Chinese culture. They are believed to help with postpartum recovery by replenishing a new mother’s energy and aiding in lactation. Not to mention, they’re delicious and comforting – perfect for a rainy day spent indoors.
There are many different types of soups that can be beneficial during confinement, but these are a few of our favorites:
Ginger Soup: Ginger is thought to help improve circulation and warm the body – perfect for new mothers who may be feeling cold after delivery. It is also believed to help with indigestion, nausea, and vomiting – common side effects of pregnancy and delivery.
Herbal Soup: Herbal soup is often made with ingredients like Goji berries, lotus seeds, and longan fruit. It is thought to help improve energy levels,, and promote restful sleep – all things that are important for new mothers.
Chicken Soup: Chicken soup is a classic for a reason – it’s delicious AND good for you! Chicken soup is thought to help build up a new mother’s strength, reduce swelling, and improve lymphatic drainage. It’s also a great way to get some extra protein into your diet.
What Soups Do We Recommend?
As you can probably see by now, there are many reasons why soups are necessary during confinement. One of the most important is that they provide a warm, comforting meal that is easy to digest. This is especially important for new mothers, who often have to contend with a sensitive stomach.
In addition, soups are packed with nutrients that can help to boost energy levels and promote healing. They are also hydrating, which is essential for postpartum recovery.
From Traditional Confinement practices, we see that herbal soups are probably one of the main highlights. It is believed to be nourishing and beneficial for mothers during their recovery. For instance, herbal black chicken soup is so popular because the essence from black chicken is believed to speed up recovery by providing more Qi (a.k.a energy). It is also believed that different combinations of herbs help to replenish blood and energy loss and improve blood and energy flow of the mother based on Traditional Chinese Medicine meridians and organs.ultimately, soups are a vital part of the postpartum diet and should be enjoyed on a regular basis.
But the question now becomes – “So, Tian Wei, you are a confinement food specialist, right? What special soups do you recommend”?
To that, we’ve come prepared with some of our own dietitian guided, award-winning chef cooked, goodness filled soups that will most certainly help you feel the “Fine” in confinement!
Fenugreek Green Papaya Herbal Fish Soup
This is one of our most popular favourites amongst mummies. With the Seabass providing a healthy dose of Vitamin D as well as the Fenugreek and Papaya being galactogogues, you know you’re in for a real hearty soup with this opening number.
One of the most important vitamins for new mothers is vitamin D. This nutrient is essential for the absorption of calcium, which is critical for the development of strong bones. Vitamin D also helps to regulate the immune system, and it has been linked with a reduced risk of several chronic diseases, such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
During confinement, new mothers need to take extra care to get enough vitamin D. While they can get some exposure to sunlight, this is often not possible nor recommended for those who practice traditional confinement where they are housebound for a month.
As a result, here’s one good source we’d recommend you chug (okay, maybe not chug, but slurp enthusiastically) that is rich in vitamin D. By getting enough of this important nutrient, new mothers can give their babies a strong start in life.
Also, the green papaya and red dates that we use in this dish contain Vitamin C which mothers need to take when taking care of themselves so that they can recover quickly and be able to care for their baby.
Vitamin C helps the body heal by boosting collagen production, which is important for tissue repair. It also helps the body absorb iron to produce healthy red blood cells, which is essential for preventing fatigue. In addition, vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that can help to protect the body from infection. So, mothers, remember to get enough vitamin C during confinement in order to promote healing and recovery.
Lotus Roots And Red Dates Chicken Soup
Next up, we have a calming yet nutrition-packed soup that has protein, vitamin C, and Magnesium.
Well, we already know what vitamin C does to our body, but what about Protein and Magnesium?
As any medical professional will tell you, protein is essential for the human body. It helps to build and repair tissues, produces enzymes and hormones, and provides the energy we need to get through the day.
For new mothers, protein is especially important during the confinement period after giving birth. The body needs time to recover from the stress of childbirth, and protein helps to speed up the healing process.
Alright, but what about Magnesium?
Magnesium is a vital mineral for mothers during the postpartum period. It helps to relax muscles, reduce inflammation, and maintain good health.
Eucommia Kidney Nourishing Soup
Now, this one sounds interesting, doesn’t it? The kidney nourishment aspect aside for now, this soup contains Iron as well as vitamin C.
What does Iron do for you during confinement, you ask?
Well, let’s get right down to it!
Iron is an essential mineral that plays a number of important roles in the body, including carrying oxygen in the blood and supporting a healthy immune system.
For mothers, iron is especially important during the confinement period after giving birth. This is because the body loses a significant amount of blood during childbirth, which can lead to iron deficiency anaemia.
Symptoms of anaemia include fatigue, weakness and shortness of breath, all of which can make it difficult for new mothers to recover from childbirth and care for their baby.
Herbal soups for confinement can be a great addition to your diet during confinement. Not only are they delicious, but they are also thought to have many benefits for new mothers. Also, you don’t really have to go far to look for confinement soups in Singapore (hint, hint).
From aiding in lactation to promoting restful sleep, soups like our sheng hua soup can help you make the most of your confinement period. Swing by our homepage today to learn more!