5 things you can drink during confinement besides plain water
Article by Cherlynn Ng
You have probably been reminded numerous times about the importance of staying hydrated during the confinement period, whether it’s from your doctor or from your confinement nanny. Well, they are not wrong. Keeping hydrated leaves your body well-fueled and healthy while ensuring that you have a good supply of breast milk for your newborn.
However, it’s understandable if you are bored from downing gallons of plain water day after day. Why not try enriching your confinement diet with these alternatives that are both delicious and nutritious? Of course, that doesn’t mean you should stop drinking water. But these delectable dishes are proof that confinement food does not have to be boring.
1. Green papaya fish soup
Struggling to produce enough breast milk for your baby? Try to incorporate foods that can stimulate lactation in your confinement diet. Green papaya fish soup is a popular dish that can help postpartum mums increase their breast milk supply. A good tip is to add the papaya into the soup only in the final 15 minutes of cooking to maintain its milk-boosting benefit.
2. Green smoothies
Green smoothies are a simple yet tasty way of packing in the nutrients. Choose dark, leafy greens such as spinach and kale, which are high in vitamins, minerals and fibre. They help to replenish blood loss and allow for faster recuperation.
For fruits, go for those rich in antioxidants and Vitamin C. Oranges, kiwis and papayas are all fine examples. Not only do they boost collagen production and quicken wound healing, they also help your body to absorb iron better.
Blending instead of juicing these fruits and veggies ensures that their goodness, including their nutrient-rich pulp, is retained for your enjoyment.
3. Lotus root soup
The benefits of lotus root are bountiful. High in fibre, minerals and Vitamin C, lotus root aids in regulating blood pressure and maintaining heart health. It also strengthens immunity, improves digestion and minimizes stress. Don’t be surprised to learn that it can reduce water retention — a common issue experienced by postpartum mums — too.
There are a variety of confinement soups that you can enjoy using lotus root, such as with red beans, peanuts, fish maw, pork ribs and sweet potatoes. Get creative!
4. Longan red dates tea
It’s impossible to go through confinement without enjoying this drink. Although easy to make, it is oozing with health benefits thanks to the power ingredients of longans and red dates.
Red dates help to nourish and replenish your blood after childbirth as well as stimulate blood circulation. An excellent source of vitamins and nutrients, they also boost your immunity, improve digestion and strengthen liver function.
Meanwhile, longans are known to promote a sense of calmness and improve sleep. A natural mood enhancer, they have been used as a traditional Chinese remedy to fight depression, anxiety and insomnia.
So imagine the awesomeness that you get when you combine these two ingredients!
5. Rice and ginger tea (‘bee teh’)
As you might have noticed, ginger is a staple ingredient in confinement food and diets — with good reason. Renowned for its healing properties, ginger helps to dispel excess wind from the body while keeping it warm. Besides aiding in digestion, it also reduces nausea and pains.
Rice and ginger tea is a soothing treat. Unlike red dates tea, it is more plain than sweet, which makes it ideal for washing down a meal. Also known as ‘bee teh’, this refreshing beverage is made from uncooked jasmine rice and sliced ginger. You can prepare the tea in bulk so that it will last you through your entire confinement.
If you are still unsure about what to eat during confinement or have no experience in preparing confinement food, hiring a confinement nanny might be your best bet. Not only will she advise you on your dietary needs, she can also whip up delicious meals during your postpartum period.
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