September 7, 2019
Traditional confinement month methods
Confinement month is a traditional concept that says ladies who just gave birth should have proper rest and recovery in the first 100 days postpartum. In the past, the living environment was different, lacking clean water or the weather was too cold, which was unfavorable for the mother during confinement month. Have you ever heard or tried the following traditional confinement month methods?
1/ Have replenishing dishes immediately after childbirth
Whether it is caesarean or vaginal delivery, the older generation advocates to have replenishing dishes immediately after childbirth, eating ginger rice, sesame oil chicken and chicken wine every day to regulate the weak body condition. Water and vegetables are considered to be cold in nature and will cause diarrhea in the baby through breast milk. In fact, in order to restore the postpartum asthenic spleen and stomach function, condition the body with mild nourishment and moderate intake of boiled water and rice water, as well as eating fruits and vegetables which are mild in nature are beneficial to the mother, and can avoid constipation!
2/ Can only lie in bed and not go out
Traditional wisdom believes that ‘wind is the chief pathogen of all diseases’. If the mother with asthenic qi and blood catches cold, there will be “confinement month wind” symptoms such as dizziness, wind-cold flu, cold limbs. So women are told to stay in bed during the confinement month. Friends and relatives can not visit the mother. In reality, it is sufficient if the mother keep warm and not be blown by wind.
3/ Confinement month diet without salt
When the older generation saw that the baby’s lips were white, have blisters, and peel without reason, it was said that because the mother had eaten salt, the baby grew a “salt bubble.” In fact, it is a “sucking bubble”, because the baby sucks and drinks breast milk, there is no pain and it will naturally disappear. The confinement month treatment does not have to completely salt free, as you can add a bit to taste and promote appetite.
4/ Not washing hair and taking a shower for 30 days
The older generation thinks that when the mother touches faucet water, then the cold air enters the body, which can cause symptoms such as aversion to cold and sore back. Therefore, the mother can only use ginger juice to wipe the body, and wash hands by using water that has been boiled. With modern science and technology, it is no problem to have shower and wash hair as long as you pay attention to room temperature and water temperature. Personal hygiene is also important!
5/ Do not brush your teeth and comb your hair
There is a saying “giving birth to a child means losing a tooth”, and combing l hair will attract the wind to cause hair loss and headache when you are older. In fact, Chinese medicine does not have this statement. In particular, women who have more meals a day must brush their teeth to care for their teeth, and combing their hair can promote blood circulation of the scalp. In order to facilitate postpartum care, many mothers will cut short hair before delivery.