shower, brushing teeth, air conditioner, outdoor activities……
Confinement practice is traditional postnatal practices dating back 2000 years, but it is still widely practiced throughout the Asian community. In Chinese, confinement (Zuo Yue Zi, 坐月子), literally means “sitting out the month”, which indicated mum and baby are effectively “quarantined” at home for a month-long period.
Mothers are expected to remain indoors and follow a complex set of guidelines which including not brushing teeth even washing themselves, no cold food/ diet, etc. Meanwhile, mothers are encouraged to follow a diet of hot soups which cooked with numerous amount of gingers, rice wine or vinegar.
In Chinese medicine, we believed that mothers are more susceptible to the cold after childbirth because they lost significant amount of blood, causing the body to enter a state of yin and qi deficiency. The joints and pores are widely open and exposed after giving birth, hence, exposing to wind, bathing and consuming cold food, “cold” element will accumulate in the body through the opened pores that further causing imbalance of yin and yang in new mother’s body.
Confinement practice is to support new mother and help them to recover from childbirth. In Malaysia, Chinese confinement period lasts for a whole month, and some mothers choose to extend their confinement period in certain circumstances (eg caesarean section may take a longer time to recover, hence, longer confinement period).
𝑩𝒂𝒄𝒌 𝒑𝒂𝒊𝒏!! 𝑫𝒓𝒚 𝒆𝒚𝒆𝒔!! 𝑯𝒆𝒂𝒅𝒂𝒄𝒉𝒆𝒔!! 𝑱𝒐𝒊𝒏𝒕 𝒑𝒂𝒊𝒏!!
Mothers are often being warned to get all of these symptoms or discomfort if they cut corners during confinement. Shall we %follow the rulesThese traditions were created thousands year ago when lifestyle and facilities in old days are not as advance as the modern era now. Many of these are arguable in Malaysia, especially with its high temperatures and humidity.
Here are some myths and facts that we often encountered. Kindly go through the photos below.