Here's all you need to know about Chinese postpartum/ confinement meals.
Many pregnant and prospective moms have lots of questions about the Chinese maternity or confinement period, including what it entails, what to eat during this period, and the benefits associated with postpartum meals.
First of all, the confinement period refers to the first-month post-childbirth and the postnatal care a new mom gets to renew her health, strength, and vitality. The confinement period also helps to boost the mother's immunity against some diseases connected to maternity, alongside early aging, and rheumatism.
Now that we have the basics clear, let's talk about the specialized meals a new mother should eat for her health and also boost milk production.
We will be listing the ingredients that a new mother should eat in the first month after childbirth and their functions.
The focus of the meals a new mom will eat in the first week of confinement is to improve the flow of lochia, which is the vaginal discharge a woman experiences after childbirth. Here are the ingredients that help.
- N°1 Rice bean: Vigna umbellata or rice bean should be part of the first week's diet because it is great for detoxification, improves heart health, and a good diuretic.
- N°2 Purple rice: This rice was one time called forbidden rice because it was reserved only for the Chinese Emperor's health and longevity. Such healthy rice is now available to all and strengthens a new mom's intestinal peristalsis.
- N°3 Jujube dates/ red dates: Dates support detoxification, the Qi, and the blood. It also serves as a substitute for water in the body.
Pork liver: One meal a new mom should eat in her first week is pork liver, and this is because it is rich in iron and vitamins, and it also aids the flow of lochia.
Apart from these ingredients, some other things include loofah egg soup, biochemical soup (sheng Hua tang), pig liver porridge, and brown sugar ginger tea.
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