The delivery period for a woman after the birth of a child is usually 30 to 40 days. This time is essential for the mother’s recovery and for her baby to adapt and grow without being distracted from the outside world. The period of labor should allow the young mother to rest so that her body heals. She should eat healthy and nutritious food to help her recover and produce nutrient-rich milk for her baby.
This is also the most important “window period” when the mother’s body is able to fully absorb essential nutrients. During labor, the woman in labor should stay home and not go outside to minimize exposure to wind (bad weather conditions) and crowds.
The female concubine is usually hired to cook and care for the mother and the newborn.
There are differences in the type of food and confinement packages Singapore between different dialect groups (or different provinces of China). However, the main ingredients used are essentially the same.
Chinese food ends up using the main ingredients and herbs: ginger, wine, and black vinegar.
Ginger is believed to have warm and warm properties that are necessary to “ward off the winds” in the body. The pores in the skin are believed to have opened and the joints have loosened in preparation for work and stay loose for a short period after delivery. This is when weather “winds” enter the body if a person is in a windy environment. Ginger neutralizes the coolness and the effects of the wind on the body.
Black vinegar is used to clean residual blood clots from the uterus. It is usually cooked with ginger and pig’s trotters and is cooked for several hours until the trotters are tender and tasty. This dish is cooked in a large saucepan and eaten for several days.
Wine, especially tonic, helps warm and nourish the body. It is also believed to aid in the blood production and circulation process. For this reason, a meal or soup is prepared with plenty of wine and ginger.
Women in labor are also advised to drink tonic wine. If you are breastfeeding, you should carefully plan when to drink wine.
Another common food for a nursing mother is fish soup made with raw ginger and papaya. It is extremely effective in stimulating the production of milk by the mammary glands.
The Chinese believe that avoiding this food during childbirth will lead to a woman’s faster aging, joint pain, and other health problems later in life.