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What kind of food and diet every mum should look out for to speed up the postpartum recovery process? The most common features of a good diet that would benefit you are the ones that are nutritious, easy to digest, keep your body warm and improve blood circulation.
However, all ideal diets should be different depending on each individual’s situation. For instance, the diet should be adjusted if there are problems regarding postpartum recovery and breastfeeding. These are common postpartum issues that new mums struggle with.
Hence, we are here to share with you a few go-to postpartum meals to help you feel better. That said, if any complications arise, it’s always best to seek a professional doctor for help.
Create a Checklist For Groceries
Hold up! Before you head out, make sure to determine all the ingredients you need in the first month. Create a simple checklist to keep yourself organized and stress-free! Then, be sure to check which ones aren’t easily available in your local supermarket. It’s also convenient to have your ingredients stock up a month before delivery!
If you are hiring your own postpartum nanny, it’s also advisable to discuss your diet plans with her first. You wouldn’t want her cooking something you dislike now would you?
An ideal diet is different for every mother depending on each individual’s situation. As your body is in a sensitive stage after childbirth, remember to consult your doctor first before you give any of these recipes a try.
Start with a smaller portion and consume in moderation. Like any other food that you consume, if you notice any discomforts with your newborn or yourself after consuming these recipes, stop taking them immediately.
Without further ado, here are some nourishing, easy, Chinese confinement dishes that postpartum mums can try:
1. Hawthorn and Brown Sugar Tea
- Hawthorn berries (dried and sliced)20g
- Brown sugar to taste
- Slice the hawthorn berries.
- Bring 500ml of water to boil in a pot, and add in the sliced hawthorn berries.
- Boil the berries until they turn soft.
- Add in brown sugar and boil for another 3 minutes.
- Enjoy your tea while it’s warm!
The benefit of this drink is to help speed up the lochia discharge rate. Furthermore, hawthorn berries help to increase your appetite and promote digestion. Adding brown sugar also helps improve blood circulation and is always preferred over white sugar.
2. Motherwort with Hard Boiled Eggs
- Motherwort (Yi Mu Cao) 30g
- 2 eggs
- Goji berries (amount based on preference)
- Brown sugar (amount based on preference)
- Make 2 hard boiled eggs and peel the shell.
- Put the motherwort into a soup filter bag.
- Add the bag of motherwort and goji berries into 250ml of water, bring to boil.
- Turn to low heat and let it simmer for 30 minutes.
- Add the hard boiled eggs and brown sugar into the motherwort tea.
- Boil on low heat for another 5 to 10 minutes until the tea reaches your preferred colour or consistency.
- Ready to serve!
Motherwort has been traditionally used to help postpartum mothers improve blood circulation and promote lochia discharge.
- 4 Chicken drumsticks
- 6 Jujubes
- Angelica root 15g
- Astragalus root 15g
- Ginger slices 15g
- Add water in a medium sized pot and bring it to boil.
- Add in drumsticks, jujubes, angelica root, astragalus root and ginger slices in the boiling water.
- Bring the water to a boil, then simmer on low heat for 30 minutes.
- Add pinches of salt based on your personal preference.
A bowl of this good old comforting chicken soup with ginger helps new moms to relieve bloating and regain energy. Jujube is used for replenishing the blood and it also comes with calming effects.
Meanwhile, astragalus root is traditionally used to strengthen the immune system, keep your body energized, and may help regulate blood sugar levels. Angelica root is commonly used to promote blood production. Hence, in general, herbal chicken soup is great for improving your postpartum recovery!
4. Ginger Porridge with Black Fungus
- White rice
- Ginger slices 15g
- Black fungus
- Brown sugar
- Shred ginger and black fungus into thin strips.
- Add washed rice into a big pot, and add water that is twice the amount of the rice.
- Bring the rice water to boil, add in ginger and cook for 20 minutes on low heat.
- Add in black fungus, cook for another 15 minutes.
- Add in brown sugar and cook for another 5 minutes.
- Ready to serve!
This porridge not only warms the tummy, but the ingredients inside come with many health benefits too! For instance, black fungus is packed with fiber and antioxidants, it helps to lower your cholesterol and improve your gut health. On the other hand, ginger is a galactogogue that can help increase your breast milk supply by improving your blood circulation.
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Cooking doesn’t need to be too stressful. It can be fun, tasty and filled with nutrition just for you and other mums out there. Let’s not forget for those who love to snack up in between the days, you can always pack some healthy snacks and keep in handy with you when you are watching television, reading a book or just cooling down anywhere in your house during your confinement period.
You can also sip on those nutritious soup while you enjoy your quiet time to yourself. You can check out MumChecked as they provide many ranges of insulated food jars and lunch boxes for you to enjoy your warm meals at any point of time.
We hope this simple recipe gives you the satisfaction of a simple recipe to your happy tummy and the road to your speedy recovery. If you would like to enjoy hassle-free, nutritious fusion and traditional confinement food to help with your recovery and lactation, be sure to book your meals with Tian Wei Signature!
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