What NOT To Do When Planning Your Confinement Diet
As a mother who has just given birth, your confinement period is a time of rest and healing. That’s why a proper diet is important during this particular period. Traditional confinement food encourages the consumption of ‘heating’ foods, particularly ginger. This is believed to rid the body of ‘cold’ elements, which causes aches and pains.
As a mother in confinement, you also want to incorporate some scientifically proven healthy diet tips into your confinement diet. While planning your confinement recipes, here are some things to avoid:
Not eating enough fruits and vegetables
A balanced diet is necessary, especially if you’re breastfeeding. Therefore, you should plan your confinement diet according to a food pyramid. Grains and grain products should be consumed the most, followed by fruits and vegetables.
Fruits and vegetables contain essential vitamins and minerals for your own health, as well as finding its way to your breast milk for your baby. On a daily basis, you should consume about 5-7 servings of fruits and vegetables. One serving equals about one tennis ball or one cup of vegetables.
Many vegetables and fruits are permitted even if you’re following the traditional Chinese confinement practices, so you can incorporate them as part of your meals.
Taking too much caffeinated and carbonated drinks
As a new mom, it’s often a challenge to get enough sleep, especially during the first few months. At times like this, a caffeine boost might sound like a really good pick-me-up. However, the caffeine in drinks like coffees and colas can make its way to your breast milk.
Sodas aren’t really a good choice either, as drinking them can introduce gas into your stomach, irritating it or making you feel bloated and gassy. Rather than coffee or sodas, go for plain water, herbal soups or plain fruit juices if you are thirsty.
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Going for unhealthy snacks
It’s alright to snack during your confinement period. However, you should always choose healthy snacks like nuts, dried fruits and plain cereal. Try to avoid sugar-laden or salty snacks. Snacks like potato chips and candy can fill you up, but aren’t really nutritious. It helps to read labels and find out whether a certain snack you want has any added sugars or salt before you buy them too, so as to ensure your snacks are as natural as possible.
Consuming too much hot and spicy foods
Any spicy foods you take, especially in large amounts, can affect the taste of your breast milk for your baby. Although a small amount, like some sliced chillies on your steamed fish or a bit or turmeric in your sauce might not do much harm, eating very spicy foods for every meal will definitely leave an effect.
Additionally, hot and spicy foods may irritate your digestive system, especially since you’re in your recovery phase. When spicy foods are concerned, moderation is the key.
Traditional confinement food recipes that are well planned out and varied can be beneficial for both you and your baby. You can consider having them prepared and delivered to you by a professional confinement caterer in Singapore so that you can kick back and focus on regaining your strength.