What to eat during confinement period is a frequently asked questions among mothers. Can you eat bread or egg during confinement? What is the recommended list of confinement food after childbirth? Are these confinement practices necessary or are they myths? Yes there are indeed dietary recommendations for confinement meals to help mother with a speedy recovery during the confinement month. Let us first understand the importance of confinement meals and the food to avoid during confinement.
Confinement meals are recommended by traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) practitioners for the purpose of restoring balance of Yin and Yang energy in a woman’s body. Yin energy loss was linked to the blood loss that was an inevitable part of the birthing process. You may have heard the elders or confinement nanny forbidding new mothers from drinking water. Besides water, new mothers were forbidden from eating salt so everything cooked for them had to be salt free. This thinking was ahead of its time because today there is evidence that a high salt intake may hamper a woman’s ability to recover from post-pregnancy hypertension. As there was no way to monitor or control woman’s salt intake accurately in the past, complete abstinence from salt was the only option. Most of the confinement food catering services avoid use of salt or MSG as well. Other commonly asked questions regards on confinement diet or what to eat during confinement as followed.
Research has shown that sesame oil has hormone-inducing properties which promote contractions as well as help with post childbirth discharge. In addition, the unsaturated fat in sesame oil can be converted into a lipid compound call prostaglandin which plays a crucial role in the treatment of pregnancy-induced hypertension.
Can Mothers Eat Fruits?
Absolutely but not all fruits. New mothers are advised to consume fruit such as apples, guavas, grapes, papayas, strawberries, peaches, mulberries and cherries.
What Types of Proteins are Good for Mothers?
Chicken, pork hocks, peanuts, carp are readily available sources of protein that is good for mothers.
Certain vegetables such as spinach, lotus roots, pumpkin, sweet potato leaves, lady fingers, celery, played a role in speeding up the recovery process. Spinach was believed to help the body make up for lost blood. Lotus roots was believed to help boost the body’s depleted Yin energy reserves and provide mental relief. Pumpkin was believed to be beneficial for Qi and energy boosting. Sweet potato leaves were prescribed to help remove toxins from the body. The lady fingers or okra can help mothers regain mobility. Celery was also part of the diet as it was believed to be good for reducing or prevent constipation.
What Other Types of Food Does Confinement Diet Consist Of?
Carbohydrates are important which mothers can consider brown rice, noodles, buckwheat and black sticky rice. It was believed that adzuki beans could help in regard to the blood loss caused by childbirth. Black beans are believed to be good to relieve back pain and water retention problems.