Experiences of labour and child birth can differ from mother to mother. Some experience almost no pain, while others more so. But ask any mother and you most probably will hear the same answer – giving birth is one of the most unforgettable experiences ever! However, bringing a child into the world is no easy feat. Apart from the many preparations needed before going into labour, mothers must also be as equally conscientious in ensuring that they recuperate well after labour. As such, they adhere to a period of post-partum recovery termed ‘confinement’. You may have perhaps heard a lot about the ‘dos and don’ts’ of confinement, so much so that it has become increasing hard to tell which method works and which does not. This article seeks to do just that – to separate myths from facts.
I have heard a lot about bed rest during confinement.
Bed rest is recommended as the birthing process takes a toll on the body, expanding and loosening the joints for the delivery process. Therefore, adequate bed rest allow the body to recuperate and regain its pre-pregnancy state.
But I was encouraged to walk (for blood circulation) to recover from wound.
There should be a balance between bed rest and light movement after C Section. Walking slowly is good as it helps blood circulation, these aids the wound recovery too.
During breastfeeding, I was told to only breastfeed in a room with no fan or aircon?
Using the air-con at 25 degrees will be a comfortable range, but no fans are encouraged, as we believe that "wind" is bad for the weakened body.
Keeping yourself comfortable and happy is also vital to having more milk and a speedy recovery for your wound.
So you would recommend me to not turn on the fan but just the aircon throughout? Even for sleeping?
Yes, strictly no fans, as it will be hard to dispel wind from our bodies. Using the aircon is the better choice.
For the herbal bath. Do I still wash with my regular soap and rinse it off with the herbal bath or we don't use soap during confinement?
Yes, soap and shampoo is fine. Have a good confinement and wish you have a speedy recovery!
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