It can be quite a feat going through labour and delivery. Thus a month of rest is usually recommended after childbirth, and for good reasons too. In the mix of bliss, anxiety and excitement, your body is just beginning to recover from the physical and psychological fatigue from childbearing.
In the normal course of pregnancy after the baby and placenta are delivered, there is a need for the uterus to contract to its normal size, vagina wounds to heal and stretched loose skin, joints and ligaments to return to normal. Recovery will be faster if proper care is taken. Rest and recuperate and let your body reset itself for this new phase of life!
Stage 1 (Day 1 to 7)
Uterus Recovery & Wound Healing
After delivery, there is considerable bleeding (lochia) from the uterus until the contraction phase. For the first few days after birth, lochia contains a fair amount of blood, so it will be bright red and look like a heavy menstrual period. There may also be pain due to blood clots thus it is advisable to consume food that promotes blood circulation and remove blood clots.
By two to four days after you have given birth, the lochia will be more watery and pinkish in color. About ten days after the birth, you should have only a small amount of white or yellow-white discharge.
To aid smooth expulsion of lochia and regulate the uterus contraction during this important phase, Sheng Hua Soup is recommended to be consumed once daily on the 2nd and 3rd day following childbirth.
Stage 2 (Day 8 to 14)
Digestive Well-Being & Tissue Repair
As your body continues to heal, focus on improving appetite, digestive function and blood circulation. Did you know? A woman's body produces about 50% more blood during pregnancy, which helps to nourish and protect both baby and mother. But not all of this excess blood leaves the body during delivery. Fluid build up can also occur.
Accelerate the expulsion of the body’s excess water through herbal formulas such as Revitalising Tonic Soup to strengthen the gastrointestinal system. A strong gastrointestinal system reduces water retention and ensures that nutrients are effectively digested and absorbed by the body, which in turn helps with tissue repair and increases the quality of your breast milk.
Stage 3 (Day 15 to 28)
Physique Strengthening & Nourishment
As your gastrointestinal system strengthens, this is a good time to nourish the body. Good nourishment helps you regain your pre-pregnancy vitality, fight premature aging and better prepare you for future pregnancies.
Muscle pain especially around the lumbar section may occur as this part of the body has supported considerable weight throughout pregnancy. Strengthen your physique with soups like the Kidney Tonic Soup.
You may experience fatigue or cold limbs during this period after most of the lochia has been discharged. Consuming soups such as Energising Tonic Soup nourishes the blood and helps keep the body warm by improving blood circulation.
What is Postnatal Confinement?
Postnatal confinement is a period of restoration after birth for the New Mum to recuperate and re-energise. It is a time for the uterus to contract, vagina wounds to heal and stretched loose skin, joints and ligaments to return to normal.
Why is Postnatal Confinement necessary?
Proper care and rest during confinement period form a solid foundation for your future health, whereas the lack of may lead to postnatal conditions which include headaches, arthritis, immune deficiency, chronic fatigue, depression, insomnia or hormonal imbalance.
When is the period for Postnatal Confinement?
The first 28 days after you've given birth is the period where a regimen of nutritious meals lots of rest is highly recommended. This period of restoration is a necessity not to be belittled as recovery will be swift if proper care is taken.