Postpartum Confinement

Postpartum confinement, commonly known as "sitting the month" or "the month of confinement," is a traditional practice deeply rooted in Asian cultures. It is a period of dedicated care and recovery for new mothers after childbirth. The duration of this confinement period varies across different Asian countries, ranging from 30 days to 40 days or even longer.

During postpartum confinement, new mothers are encouraged to rest, recuperate, and bond with their newborns. The practice revolves around the belief that the mother's body needs time to heal and regain strength after the physical and emotional stresses of childbirth. It is also seen as an opportunity to ensure the well-being of both the mother and the baby.

Special diets and specific foods are prepared for the new mother, often focusing on nourishing ingredients believed to promote recovery and boost breast milk production. Warm and nutritious meals, often with herbal ingredients, are commonly included in the confinement diet.

Consultation and Pricing

Don't have the budget to hire a full-time confinement nanny?  This is the perfect solution for you!  Ah Nang specializes in confinement meals and can curate a custom menu just for you.  She takes great pride in catering to the specific dietary requirements and preferences of every mother she feeds. Whether it's crafting dishes with traditional ingredients known for their postpartum healing properties or accommodating specific dietary restrictions, Ah Nang ensures that each meal is thoughtfully prepared to support the mother's recovery and well-being.

To get started on your personalized confinement meal plan, we invite you to submit a request through our contact page. Ah Nang will be delighted to provide you with a consultation, ensuring that your postpartum journey is supported with delicious and nourishing meals tailored just for you.

We kindly request advanced notice since this requires a 30-day meal preparation, catering to individual dietary needs.

Please note that Ah Nang has a limited number of mothers she can cater to concurrently, so it is best to reach out as early as possible.

  • Ginger

    Ginger for confinement is normally advised for dispelling “wind” because a mother’s body goes into a “cold” state after childbirth, and she may find traces of “wind” in her body after childbirth. Ginger is known to help eliminate wind and prevent ailments like rheumatism and body aches by keeping the body warm.

  • Sesame Oil

    Sesame Oil traditionally helps improve blood circulation and suppresses wind in the body. It also has high levels of vitamin E and polyunsaturated fats, essential to the mother’s body.

    Ancient Chinese and Indian healers have been using oil from refined grains to treat conditions like inflammation and constipation.

  • Black Vinegar

    Black vinegar is traditionally known to purify the blood and cleanse the arteries.

  • Black Fungus

    Black fungus benefits are abundant! It is usually boiled in soups or fried with vegetables, traditionally understood to cleanse the body, and expels stale blood. For health purposes, traditionally, black fungus is often consumed to nourish the lungs, liver and stomach.

  • Red Dates

    Red dates are a superfood traditionally known for enriching and replenishing the blood. It is also considered a “heaty” ingredient and is often boiled with dried longan. Most women only drink red dates and longan tea during confinement to keep their bodies warm.

    Red dates can help replenish your blood and restore your immunity to normal levels. Traditional confinement herbal soups are usually prepared with red dates and other herbs. Chinese mothers often consume herbal soup together with the teas to fully utilize the benefits of red dates teas and herbal soups to help them recuperate.

  • Dried Longan

    This fruit is traditionally believed to reduce tension and improve blood circulation in a new mother’s body.

    According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, confined mothers struggling to fall asleep can use Longan to treat insomnia and reduce stress.

  • Chinese Cooking Wine

    As per traditional Chinese customs, rice wine is thought to provide postpartum mothers with heath benefits such as enhanced blood circulation and the expulsion of wind from the body.

  • Chinese Wolfberry

    The Chinese wolfberry has excellent anti-oxidation properties and traditionally helps in nourishing the liver and kidneys. The Chinese have been using it in confinement foods to strengthen the mother’s weakened immunity and boost her energy levels. It also provides an excellent solution to the mother’s blurred vision.

  • Angelica Root (Dang Gui)

    Angelica is traditionally used as a herb to enhance blood circulation. It is considered a “heaty” herb that can help keep the body warm. Some women use angelica to reduce menstrual cramps and pains.