Eating the right foods during confinement helps new mothers replenish their qi (energy) and blood, and recover their strength. Chen Fang, traditional Chinese medicine physician from Thomson Chinese Medicine (#01-346, Balestier Hill Shopping Centre, Blk 1 Thomson Road, www.thomsonchinesemedicine.com) shares tips on what to eat and drink for your postnatal recuperation.
TIP: It’s all about balance
Postnatal mothers are advised to take more ‘warming’ foods, but take note of your constitution and adjust your diet accordingly. For example, if you are lacking in yin, which means your constitution tends to be yin deficient, you may feel hot, sweat more, or get thirsty more often. This may exhaust your body, which may affect your breast milk production, as you may lose more fluid through perspiration. It is recommended that mothers consult TCM physicians for advice after their delivery.