Mom-To-Be Checklist: Must- Buy Herbs During Confinement
As a mum, there is a lot to prepare to welcome the little one. While you are preparing for the little one, do not forget about you yourself. A mum’s body should also be taken care of after giving birth. You might be confused about what herbs to prepare especially for the first-time mum. Below, we have listed some of the most important herbs for you.
First and foremost, red dates tea is pretty much an essential during the confinement period. Many mothers opt for red dates tea as a replacement of water to keep the womb warm. Some moms prefer to avoid cold water as it may cause water retention. A mum needs a lot of energy and nutrition for the recovery of the body. Red dates tea helps to improve blood circulation. This leads to the improvement of body energy, also known as “qi”, and improves the immune system. Within the confinement period, we advise mum to make it a habit to drink red dates tea instead of cold water.
There is a long list of herbal herbs to buy during confinement to make herbal soup such as Ginseng, Polygonum Multiflorum (He Shou Wu), Radix Angelica Sinensis (Danggui), and many others. However, a lot of mums might not know what herbs to buy to make herbal soups. Don’t worry, you have come to the right place. There are a lot of confinement soup packages or pre-packed herbs available in the market and this make mum’s life easier. During confinement period, mum needs balance and nourishing diet for recovery of the body and to produce milk for the baby. Generally, the main benefits of herbal soup are to strengthen mum’s body and at the same time increase the breast milk. During confinement, mum needs to consume different herbal soups according to the period and body condition for the best effects. We highly encourage mum to include various herbal soups in meals during the confinement.
Confinement herbal bath
Another must-buy herb is the confinement herbal bath. You might have heard or been told to not bathe during the confinement period, but this might not be ideal if you live in a humid place like Singapore. We need to keep our body clean even after giving birth. However, we should avoid bathing with cold water during confinement. The confinement herbal bath contains ginger, blumea balsamifera (da feng ai / sembong), cymbopogon citratus (lemongrass), and vitex negundo (Chinese chaste tree). These ingredients help to expel wind, relieve tension and stress, and ease birth pain. The confinement herbal bath is also available in ready-packed or pre-packed in the market. And it can be easily prepared with just 2 steps. First, boil the herbs and then mix with the bathing water. Due to the simple preparation steps, mum is encouraged to regularly have a confinement herbal bath as it can also hasten their recovery.
Herbs can help to strengthen mum’s body and improve the recovery after giving birth. Mum needs to consume the right herbs for different purposes. If you do not know what to consume, ask the experts!