Why do I need a special confinement menu?
Excessive blood loss and a woman’s “qi” may be drained during the child delivery process, leaving yourself vulnerable to falling sick and lacking in nutrients. Aside from being easily susceptible to common ailments like backaches, the weak condition of the body could also pose potential long-term health problems. Between taking care of the newborn and ensuring proper care for yourself, you may also experience fatigue and tiredness easily.
It is vital then to partake in a good nutritional diet during the confinement period with special dishes, tonics and soups formulated to improve your wellbeing and keep energy levels high. If you are breastfeeding, it will also help in the lactation process to produce a sufficient supply of breast milk.
How should I eat during confinement?
Consume a well-balanced diet during confinement that should be rich in vitamins and minerals along with other nutritious benefits for you to replenish your health.
A nutritional confinement food menu may include:
According to Chinese traditions, confinement soups and broths are beneficial in addition to your meals. Known for their blood nourishing and energising benefits, they are brewed from various combinations of common plants and herbs fundamental to traditional Chinese medicine.
Popular ingredients in herbal confinement soups include:
Aside from plain water, drinking dates tea or dried longan tea is highly recommended to help with water retention and alleviates “wind” in the body.