Florence from China
This story is from Florence Ho on her Chinese confinement, which has been republished from www.babycenter.com.sg.
I must be one of the rare ones who enjoyed the confinement period thoroughly. In fact, I even extended my confinement nanny’s stint by two months! My husband, who travels frequently for work, was worried about me slipping into postnatal depression if I was unable to cope alone. Extending the nanny's services was a great decision.
I followed the confinement diet strictly. It was hard not to - my nanny was a superb cook. She prepared three dishes and a soup for my dinners, and delicious noodles for lunch. The only thing I craved was sashimi - which I wasn't allowed to eat during my pregnancy. The nanny dashed this one craving when she announced that I was not allowed to eat uncooked food for two months after delivery!
With a nanny, I was able to rest very well and recover from a painful episiotomy. She took over the night feeds and fed my baby with expressed breastmilk. I was a bit nervous about bathing my newborn, so the nanny did it for the first month and showed me the ropes. It was very good having her around, especially for a new mother like me.
I didn't follow all the rules strictly though. I have very long hair and didn't want to wait a whole month before washing it after the birth! So, I agreed to wash my hair using the herbal bath my nanny had prepared.
New mothers are not supposed to sleep with the air-conditioner or fan switched on during the confinement. But I had my baby in July, the hottest month of the year, so I broke this rule! To compromise, I wore long sleeves, long pants and socks to sleep.
I also ate the processed placenta during my confinement!
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