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Food & Herbs After Childbirth

A mother will often times experience an overwhelming feeling of love and excitement the moment she first cradles her child in her arms.

It's amazing how your body was able to endure the long nine months of carrying a child and then spend more grueling hours of labor or under surgery.

You may be thinking about losing weight now but trust us when we say that you need to be patient and wait for the right time.

At this stage, it is best for you to embrace the truth that your body went through a life-changing experience and now it is time to recuperate.

For this entry, we explore the food that you need to eat during this postpartum period so you can be well on your way to full recovery. We also looked into how herbs can help you recuperate.

𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝘁𝗼 𝗲𝗮𝘁, 𝘄𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗻𝗼𝘁 𝘁𝗼 𝗲𝗮𝘁
A popular Chinese saying goes: The five grains provide nourishment. The five vegetables provide filling. The five domestic animals provide enrichment. The five fruits provide support."

The core of this saying is about proper and balanced diet, one that you, a recovering mother, needs to take heed.

In general, eat a balanced diet which consists of protein-rich food, vegetables, fruits, grains and dairy. Protein-rich foods such as salmon, lean beef and legumes will keep you strong. Fruits and vegetables are rich in vitamins, minerals and fiber. Fiber helps prevent constipation, which many women experience in the days after childbirth.

You may want to indulge after childbirth and consume your favorite junk foods. But a gentle reminder: limit your junk floods intake. Soda, donuts, french fries, cookies, donuts should never take the place of healthy food.

If you're breastfeeding, avoid anything with alcohol. You are what you eat and drink, and what you drink gets into your system and into your breast milk. Breast Milk "tainted" with alcohol can harm your baby's body and brain development. The same thing goes with caffeine which is found in many soft drinks, coffee, tea and chocolate.

Avoid these types of fish - -Swordfish, Shark, King Mackerel and Tilefish - - as they contain high levels of mercury, a toxin that can be harmful to your baby's brain.

How about tuna? Limit consumption to 6 ounces of light tuna every week.

𝗛𝗼𝘁 𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘀𝘂𝘀 𝗰𝗼𝗹𝗱 𝗳𝗼𝗼𝗱
As you recover from childbirth, it is important to know that eating fresh food will help you recover faster than processed food.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioners classify food according to three categories: yin (cooling), yang (warming) and neutral (neither cool nor warm). After childbirth, you will be advised to take something warm.

Why is that so?

A woman's body loses blood when she gives birth. In TCM, blood is the life force, the warmth of it keeps you going. When you lose blood, you will feel cold which TCM experts refer to as the yin. To balance your qi, you need to eat food which will restore the warmth (yang) in your body.

Hence, eating the right kind and proper amount of food is crucial for mothers who are recovering from childbirth.

𝗛𝗲𝗹𝗽𝗳𝘂𝗹 𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗯𝘀
Ginseng, ginger, lotus seeds, goji berries and jujube dates are some of the herbs and fruits that are added to congee and soup for recovering mothers.

External application of essential oils such as chamomile, rose, lavender, apricot and mint can provide calmness and ease pain.

All these make postpartum recovery smooth and comfortable.

Madam Partum Confinement Herbal Bundle
Madam Partum can help you recuperate after childbirth. Our 28 days confinement soup were specially formulated after much research to achieve optimal recovery and packaged to be convenient for mothers and family members.

Our confinement soup and tea will nourish blood, replenish energy and boost immunity, while confinement bath expels dampness and wind, and prevents or relieves rheumatic conditions

Visit us for more information about our products http://www.madampartum.com/ or whatsapp at 8166 0070 or call us at 62 933 933 if you need any advice about how you can fully recuperate after childbirth. Take care of your body so you can better take care of your baby.

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Symptoms of Pregnancy

Whether you're a first-time mother or a Mommy of three, wrapping your mind around the fact that you're pregnant always exudes a feeling of surprise and joy. There's really no feeling in the world comparable to being told that you will become a mother may it be the first or fifth time.

But how do you know that you're pregnant? Mothers of multiple children would say that each pregnancy is different as each woman is unique with physical, mental and emotional make up.

We round up the early signs of pregnancy in this post to better prepare you for what lies ahead.

𝗙𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗴𝘂𝗲
Your doctor will tell you that hormonal changes may cause fatigue on the first trimester of your pregnancy. It usually goes away on the second trimester and then comes back on the third trimester when you have to waddle through that added pounds as you are on the homestretch. Pregnancy leads to hormonal changes that make your body produce more blood which carry nutrients to your developing baby.

Ever wonder why you get so sleepy during pregnancy? Your progesterone level increases during pregnancy which can make you feel sleepy and sluggish.

𝗗𝗮𝗿𝗸𝗲𝗿 𝗔𝗿𝗲𝗼𝗹𝗮𝘀
Areolas are the areas surrounding your nipples. You might notice your areolas getting darker on the first two weeks from conception. When you see this change in color, don't panic. There's no need to worry or sound the alarm. The change in color is really just a normal result of pregnancy. The darkening of your areolas is, again, the result of surging pregnancy hormones as your body gets ready to breastfeed your baby the moment he or she says "hello" to the world.

𝗙𝗼𝗼𝗱 𝗖𝗿𝗮𝘃𝗶𝗻𝗴𝘀
Food cravings in pregnancy can range from simple to bizzare. Science has not exactly pinpointed the direct correlation between pregnancy and the strong desire to devour or consume a specific type of food, sweet, savory or salty. Some pregnant women crave for pizza, cake, ice cream, green mango, a mixture of highly unlikely flavors such as peanut butter and cheese, and even whatever is found in the neighbor's pantry.

A gentle reminder though: you can give in to your cravings. But do not overindulge especially with foods such as raw eggs, raw fish, undercooked meat and soft cheese. These food items may contain harmful bacteria such as E. coli and salmonella.

Also steer clear of too much sugar, especially when you're at risk of developing gestational diabetes. Too much sugary food items can lead to dental issues and unhealthy weight gain.

𝗧𝗲𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗿 𝗯𝗿𝗲𝗮𝘀𝘁𝘀
Remember that your breast is an important part of your body that will nurture your baby's nutritional needs. During pregnancy, your breasts encounter several changes. We already mentioned darker areolas. Aside from the color change, you will also experience tender breasts. They may also feel heavier and fuller. With your system going on full-pregnant mode, your body is producing too much estrogen and progesterone way higher than what you normally have when you're not pregnant. Increased progesterone and estrogen levels make mammary glands grow and get ready to feed a baby who will be nourished by the liquid gold produced by your body.

𝗡𝗮𝘂𝘀𝗲𝗮 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘃𝗼𝗺𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴
Morning sickness or the twin sisters named "nausea" and "vomiting" can make a pregnant woman's first trimester exhausting. Although it's called morning sickness, this condition can happen any time of the day for pregnant women. For most women, nausea and vomiting starts before nine weeks of pregnancy and persists all throughout the first trimester. It usually goes away on the second trimester.

However, if the condition persists and prevents you from keeping your food and fluid down, then it's best to seek medical help.

To manage nausea and vomiting, avoid food and smells which triggers this condition. It is also best to have a pack or two of soda crackers with you as foods high in starch absorb stomach acids and settle your queasy stomach.

Eating small meals, instead of big meals, will help you manage morning sickness too.

𝗠𝗶𝘀𝘀𝗲𝗱 𝗽𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗼𝗱
A missed period is often seen as the first sign of pregnancy.
This is not applicable to all but, in general, a woman experiences mild cramping and spotting during early pregnancy. The fertilized egg creates a group of cells filled with fluid that is called blastocyst. It develops into the body parts and internal organs of your baby. Some bleeding might happen about 10 to 14 days after conception as the blastocyst implants in the endometrium. This might be mistaken as light period so some already pregnant women don't think they're pregnant.

How do you know that you're pregnant when you're not sure if you've missed your period?

Simple.

Take a pregnancy test. If it's positive, then immediately schedule a prenatal check up with your obstetrician.

Journey with Madam Partum

Discuss with your doctor about what you can do and cannot do while you're pregnant. Also bring up to him or her how you can manage pain and discomfort so you can truly cherish this journey of motherhood without feeling moody, grumpy and under the weather most of the time

There are ways to manage pain and discomfort and we, at Madam Partum, are here to help you out.

Our pre-partum massage relieves you from stress so you will have overall body wellness. It will replenish your qi and blood circulation so you can regain vigor so you can truly cherish this significant part of your journey.

Just in case you have missed our previous post about “How pregnancy hormones affect your body”, find out more here http://www.madampartum.com/blog-details/how-pregnancy-hormones-affect-your-body.

Book your pre-partum massage with us via whatsapp at 8166 0070 or call us at 62 933 933 so you can relax and unwind while basking in the joy & glow of having a baby growing inside you.

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How Pregnancy Hormones Affect Your Body

A woman's body undergoes a series of physical, emotional, and mental changes during pregnancy. These changes can bring about challenges especially for first-time mommies-to-be and even for experienced mommies too.

When a woman is pregnant, increase in the hormonal levels of estrogen and progesterone is expected. These are the hormones responsible for the pregnancy glow that everyone raves about.

Alongside the glow are several uncomfortable conditions faced by mommies during pregnancy. These are weight gain, fluid retention and decrease in physical activity.

Weight gain.

More than one in four women in Singapore are found to put on too much weight during their pregnancies, a study has shown.It's always best to check with your healthcare provider on how much weight you should gain during the entire duration of the pregnancy.

During a healthy pregnancy, women typically gain between 10 to16 kg, and even more for some. The spine has to support that weight. Often that causes lower back pain and especially at the later trimester. The weight of the growing baby and uterus also puts pressure on the blood vessels and nerves in the pelvis and back.

Keep your weight in check when you're pregnant and avoid falling in the trap of making excuses that you can just eat anything you want in unlimited quantities just because you're eating for two. Always opt for a healthy, balanced diet. Steer clear of too much carbohydrates that can be found in white rice and white flour.

Fluid retention

Swelling because of fluid retention is not uncommon during pregnancy. Doctors will tell you that the pregnant body produces 50 percent more fluids and blood because the baby needs it to develop and mature. A growing uterus and changing hormones causes swelling on the face, fingers, legs and feet.

To reduce the swelling, opt for gentle exercises such as yoga and swimming. If your legs and feet hurt, elevate them for 20 minutes. A good massage by a well-trained masseuse provides relief and makes healthy blood circulation possible.

Heartburn

Progesterone levels are high during pregnancy. This is the hormone responsible for relaxing muscles, which means that this is the same hormone that relaxes the stomach valves whose main purpose is to keep acid out of the esophagus. As the uterus also expands from the growing baby, it pushes the stomach which forces acid into the esophagus causing heartburn.

Constipation

Under general circumstances, constipation is a result of low-fiber diet, anxiety and worry, minimal physical exercise. When you're pregnant… constipation is often the doing of progesterone. It relaxes the intestinal muscle which make food and waste move slower. You may also be experiencing constipation if you're taking iron tablets. Make sure you drink a lot of water or consider switching to a different type with the advice of your OBGYN to make sure its safe for you and the baby.

Physical activity

Carrying a baby is no easy feat. Extreme activities such as bungee jumping and triathlons that the mother enjoyed before pregnancy have to take a back seat for a while. However, you can still do yoga, swimming or walking during pregnancy to help manage discomfort and avoid the risk of experiencing pregnancy complications. But also check in with your doctor whenever you are in doubt as every mommies’ pregnancy experience is very different, that along with the other syndrome that we might develop at different stages.

Restless leg syndrome

The third trimester of your pregnancy can be very daunting and exhausting and it is when the so-called restless leg syndrome (RLS) is at its worst. RLS happens when you have an uncontrollable urge to move your legs when you're sleeping or even when you're resting. Some healthcare providers say that rising estrogen levels cause RLS. It may be triggered by insufficient iron or folic acid.

How can Madam Partum help you?

To help ease the discomfort in Mommy during pregnancy, we recommend a pre-partum massage that is tailored fit for Mommy's special needs.

The massage is administered by our well-trained masseuse with years of experience in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) massage. Our tuina techniques helps reduce swelling brought about fluid retention. This technique also dissolves tension and reduces cramping.

Regardless of your needs - lessen your back pain, reduce swelling in feet, seek relaxation from exhaustion or me-time during your pregnancy - a pre-partum massage can offer you relief and the much needed pampering that you deserve. So go ahead and pencil in a date for yourself on your calendar with us! We can't wait to see you!

 

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Your Pre and Post Partum Journey

A woman’s body undergoes many transformations in the nine months of pregnancy and the high-energy moments brought about by childbirth. We all know how strong mothers are but even the strongest amongst us succumb to fatigue and exhaustion.

This is why it is important to rest and recuperate; to regain energy and restore vitality.

Having gone through this life-changing journey, we, at Madam Partum, knows and feels what you are going through. We have made a conscious effort to craft products and services that do not just address short-term issues. Ultimately, we want you to experience long-term healing. Because after pregnancy and childbirth, you are in for the next adventure, the joy of parenthood.

Pre-partum therapy

For your pre-partum needs, we recommend a total wellness massage that utilizes the masterful techniques of relieving stress, dissolving tension, and reducing cramps and swelling.

Nurturing a baby in the womb comes with the mommys' responsibility to stay happy and healthy. The total wellness pre-partum massage was designed to use techniques that boost immunity levels, which mothers need throughout the pregnancy period.

Start your massage sessions after the 20th week of your pregnancy. We completely understand that you need the much-needed rest and relaxation during this stage. Hence, we are giving you the option to have your sessions at the comfort of your own home. Alternately, you may also opt to book your sessions at in any Chien Chi Tow outlets islandwide.

Post-partum therapy

After nine months of pregnancy and the demands of childbirth, you may ask yourself, “What now?” Do you just plunge yourself into breastfeeding and sleepless nights of caring for your newborn?

So many things are going on after childbirth and the mother immediately embraces the responsibility of nourishing the baby. Often times, her recovery takes a backstage in favor of taking care of the baby.

At Madam Partum, we emphasize the importance of taking care of women so they can become better mothers to their children.

Remember that the delivery process depletes the body of energy and blood. Our therapeutic massage stimulates acupressure points along meridian channels to improve blood circulation and correct the yin-yang imbalance.

It utilizes tuina techniques that bring hormones back to pre-pregnancy levels and reduce lochia. These techniques also help the uterus to contract and aid the body to slim down.

You can enjoy your qi-boosting post-partum massage at the comfort of your own home or at any Chien Chi Tow outlets islandwide. We recommend starting your massage sessions five days after natural birth and five weeks after cesarean section.

Coupled with our therapeutic massage is a range of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) confinement care products of our herbal formulae soup, tea and bath -- all specially curated to help the mother nourished her health on her road to recovery.

Formulated to meet your nourishment requirements, Madam Partum’s 28-day confinement soup are carefully researched and conveniently packed for easy and quick preparation. These soup types were created for the mother’s complete recuperation, complete with pro-lactation soup to support mommies in boosting breast milk production.

Sip and indulge in this new journey of motherhood with 28-day confinement tea that improves qi, boosts blood circulation and immune system, and nourishes new blood cells.

Enjoy your much-needed “me” time when you take your daily baths. Our herbal bath helps expel dampness and wind, and prevents or relieves rheumatic conditions.

Pregnancy and childbirth are transformative seasons of a woman’s life. Madam Partum would like to walk with you on this path as you recover your energy so you could continue on with your journey to motherhood.

 

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Jamu Massage vs TCM Massage

What's the main difference between TCM massage and Jamu Massage? 

While Jamu massage consists of stroking and kneading techniques, TCM massage utilizes Tuina, which involves stimulation of acupressure points along the meridian channels. With this, the blockage is cleared, and the yin and yang imbalance are corrected.

In effect, we restore blood flow and balance the qi. Our tuina techniques can also help in unblocking clogged ducts so mommies can have healthy milk flow.

In Jamu massage, herbs and oils are applied to the belly before it is wrapped in a piece of cloth called Bengkung. At Madam Partum, post-natal care is not just about massage, it is a holistic approach to recovery. This is why we also emphasize the value of nourishment and internal care in the form of 28 days herbal treatments consisting of soup, tea and bath packs along with the daily usage of an easily worn-corset to help achieve the goal of slimming down.

Your massage sessions are also spaced a few days apart to allow the muscles and tissues to rest, unlike Jamu massage which advises you to do the massage every day without breaks depending on the package that you get.

Allow yourself to rest and recuperate with our TCM massage that is safe and effective for mommies needing post-natal care.

At Madam Partum, it is our goal to help mommies like you to recuperate in your motherhood journey through a holistic approach that is good for mind, body and spirit. We are here to support you.

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Confinement Myth And Truths

Experiences of labour and child birth can differ from mother to mother. Some experience almost no pain, while others more so. 

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Post Partum Sciatica Pain

As we proceed on into the third trimester of the pregnancy, our little one will grow faster and alot bigger in the limited living space in our small abdominal area.

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Day 1 - Post Partum Tonic Soup

Madam Partum Post-Partum Tonic soups is formulated to aid with clearing of lochia for better womb recovery. This soup is recommended for mothers to consume first day when they reach home. The main ingredient, Safflower is used for the absence of menstrual periods, clearing of blood stasis which is most suitable for mothers who have just given birth. Overall the soup formula provides better blood circulation by warming the meridian channels to relieve pain as well. 

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Day 2 & 3 - Green Papaya Prolactation Soup

Madam Partum’s milk booster green papaya fish soup is traditionally taken during the confinement period after giving birth. It is a confinement food that will help to boost milk supply for breastfeeding mothers.

I am using Threadfin Fish head/tail for the green papaya fish soup as it’s low in mercury. Other fish that can be used include codfish and Sheng Yu.  Fish head or tails with boney parts are both suitable for this soup as it’s believed to have more nutrition benefits.

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Day 8, 12 - Eucommia Waist-Strengthening Soup

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Day 10, 14, 17 - Blood Nourishing Black Chicken Soup

Blood Nourishing Black Chicken Soup (Day 10, 14, 17):
 
Madam Partum’s Blood Nourishing Black Chicken Soup is a very nourishing soup especially suitable for mummies during confinement period. It helps to nourish blood after the tiring and taxing labor and promote better blood circulation in order to regain vitality back fast. Madam Partum’s Blood Nourishing Black Chicken Soup is part of our signature 28 Days Herbal Soup Package, click here for more information , http://www.madampartum.com/products.asp . 
 
I am using fresh black chicken as it is rich in proteins and antioxidants. And they have lesser fats content as well. It gives the soup a richer taste and makes it less oily as well.
 
 

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Day 21 & 25 - Brain Nourishing Soup

Madam Partum’s Brain Nourishing Soup is usually taken near the end of the confinement as this is usually when all headaches will attack due to the lack of sleep and stress over for the past month. It also helps to boost brain-power and reduce hair-loss. Alot of mummies will realise how forgetful they got and the amount of hair they have lost throughout the whole month. Madam Partum’s Brain Nourishing Soup is part of our signature 28 Days Herbal Soup Package, click here for more information , http://www.madampartum.com/products.asp . 
 
I am using fresh kampong chicken as it is lower in fat content and soup will be less oily for better well-being and slimming effects especially after birth.  
 
 

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Pre-Partum Cough Remedy During Pregnancy

Getting sick during a pregnancy is the most troublesome thing to happen a mother-to-be. 

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Madam Partum Confinement Herbs Are Suitable For G6PD Deficient Mummies

Recently we have encountered many mummies asking us about their infants having G6PD deficiency problems.

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How To Massage Engorged Breast For More Milk Production

Need help to get your milk flowing? Diana Goh, TCM Physician from Madam Partum shows us simple breast massage techniques to increase your milk flow.

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[POST-PARTUM] Confinement Myths & Truths

There are many confinement myths going around for centuries especially during our grandmothers’ olden days.

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