When I mentioned on Facebook that I’ve been ‘in confinement’, I was not kidding. In Asian tradition, a lady who has given birth must stay at home strictly for a month or 40 days, depending on where you’re from. As it has now been two and a half weeks since Winston’s birth, I am well and truly in the middle of my postpartum confinement period.
No matter the heritage of your maternal relatives, some blanket rules apply, but there are many more:
Eating ‘heaty’ foods that have a healthy douse of ginger, drinking water that has only been marinated with ginger, and washing hands only in warm water, infused with, yeb, you guessed it, ginger. Other rules include being forbidden to look at TV and computer screens, as they are too ‘damaging’ to retinas and of course, not leaving the house or have ‘wind’ blown on you. That means, no air-con and no standing in the doorway. Oh, and the really hard-core types farewell showering and shampooing for an entire month. So far, I’ve broken every rule – and hubby also has his doubts about the strict confinement regime.
For someone who thrives on moving around, hunching over the laptop and eating cake every day, these few weeks have been somewhat difficult. I think it may be first time since I was a newborn that I have rested this much, though I’m still not good at it. My mom and mother-in-law have been cooking and cleaning for us, and hubby has also taken a month off to look after me. Also, we’ve been blessed with a very good baby. So, instead of admitting that I’m a little bored, I can only say that I’m very thankful and loving every moment of motherhood. Cheers to all our visitors who have brought a little of the outside world to me.
I’m so sorry Mom, but we ‘sneaked out’ (into our backyard) to take these photos when you weren’t looking. Surely I’ve got to start practising wheeling the pram somewhere…
And another thing, I absolutely adore this Soon Maternity dress and was hoping to feature it in its full glory, but I never imagined how quickly my belly would shrink after Winston‘s birth. (No exercise for 12 months, you’ve got to be kidding me!) Maybe it’s a good thing that I’ve farewelled cakes for 2 weeks…
必须吃’ 热性 ‘的食物。由生姜所烧的，饮水也必须是生姜所酝过的热茶，洗手也只能用生姜泡过的温水。其他规则，包括禁止看电视和电脑屏幕，因为对视网膜会有破坏性。当然决不能离开房子或让风吹到你。这意味着，不能开冷气，不能站在门口。哦，还有些人甚至整整一个月告别洗澡和洗头。到目前为止，我已经打破了每一条规则 – 丈夫对这些严格的限制也有他的怀疑。