Confinement is an essential part of your body’s path to recovery. Eating the right foods can ensure that your body is properly replenished and that your baby gets the nutrition he/she needs. Here’s a list of recommended confinement foods that you should take to help restore your body to its natural state (Recipes and links included!).
Recommended confinement foods
Oats are high in protein, fibre, and vitamins and are a great source of energy for breastfeeding mothers. It is essential for your body to have adequate fibre during confinement to avoid constipation. You can check out some healthy and healthy oat recipes at The Cooking Foodie.
2. Leafy Vegetables
Eat your greens! Especially for ladies in confinement, green leafy vegetables are a great source of iron, fibre, Vitamin A and C. Greens like Kale, watercress, and spinach can effectively improve breast milk production (Fun fact: Spinach is also known as a superfood when it comes to replenishing blood).
We recommend Delish’s Spinach Recipes for you to start your leafy journey!
3. Pork Liver
Pork liver is well known as the source of iron and Vitamin A. It is commonly consumed by most confinement mothers to replenish their blood after childbirth. While it reaps great benefits for the blood, pork innards such as the intestines, kidneys, and liver must be consumed in moderation as these may cause uric acid and high cholesterol.
While the sound of pork liver might be overwhelming for you, there are many different cooking styles to make the dish much more appealing. If you’re not good with recipes, check out Tian Wei Signature’s confinement options.
4. Brown Rice
Brown rice has hormone stimulants that boost lactation, increasing breast milk production. It also gives nursing moms the extra energy that is required post-delivery. Plus, it helps increase the appetite so as to enable the mother to eat more nutritious food.
For those that find holding a wok too tedious, follow Melaine Cooks’s brown rice recipes with the use of a rice cooker!
5. Chinese Rice Wine
Made from fermented glutinous rice and was widely consumed by Chinese mothers during confinement, rice wine is a warming supplement to expel “wind” from the body and to maintain the body’s heat. Chinese rice wine has a lower alcohol content compared to other types of wine and is usually used to promote blood circulation.
Confinement foods to eat
As we all know, pregnancy and childbirth cause a huge drain on all the nutrients in our bodies. Therefore, it is vital to replenish the lost blood and nutrients during confinement in order to nurse our bodies back to health.
Whether it’s your first time or you’re a seasoned mummy, we hope that this list of resources was useful to you to transit into Motherhood!
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