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7 Foods to Avoid During Confinement

A pregnant mother has to abstain from some of her favourite food and beverages that may cause harm to her foetus during the 9 months of pregnancy. While trying your best to not consume certain foods, you’re also looking forward to delivery because then you can finally eat and drink to your heart’s content. However, now that you’ve given birth, you’ll realise that you’ll still have to be careful with the foods that you’re consuming. This is because almost everything you eat can be transferred to your baby through breast milk, and may even hinder your recovery. Besides taking note of the important confinement foods you should eat, here are some foods you should be avoiding.

1. Caffeine

Caffeinated beverages and snacks, such as coffee, tea, coca-cola, and even chocolate may have adverse effects on both your and your baby’s bodies. Caffeine interferes with sleep, which will prevent you from getting enough sleep in order to fully recover. It also gets into breast milk, which can result in irritability and trouble sleeping in infants. Your baby’s digestive system is also too weak to properly digest caffeine. 

2. Alcohol

Alcohol is used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and in some confinement foods to help expel cold and promote circulation. Although it does help to warm up the body, it should only be consumed in moderation, or even not at all. Alcohol can be passed on to your baby through breast milk, resulting in insomnia and an elevated heartbeat. Some mothers may even face problems with lactation due to alcohol consumption. 

3. Spicy Food

Hot and spicy foods are addictive, but they might not be safe for your baby while you’re breastfeeding. If you have always been consuming spicy foods even during pregnancy, your baby might be able to handle it. However, if you stay away from spicy foods during pregnancy, it is recommended that you abstain from eating spicy foods until you stop breastfeeding because it may cause discomfort to your baby. 

Spicy food can also cause constipation, abdominal pain and bloating in recovering mothers, which can affect the recovery of your uterus. Constipation and hard stools are also the last things you’ll want when you’re still recovering from any vaginal tears. 

4. Oily Food & Food with High Salt Content

It is common for new mothers to have weaker digestive systems after childbirth, which makes them more prone to constipation and diarrhoea. Oily food, junk food and processed foods high in salt content are rich in calories, fat, and sugar, which are difficult to digest and can further irritate your digestive system and intestines. These foods are also low in nutrients, which isn’t beneficial for you anyway. 

5. Cold & Raw Food

Cold and raw foods, as well as cooling foods such as watermelon, pear, green bean, watercress and more, are said to introduce “wind” to your body, which can upset your stomach and spleen, cause bloating, and prevent the discharge of toxic fluids from your body. These foods may slow down your healing process and should not be included in your confinement food menu. 

6. Seafood with High Mercury Content

The Omega-3 fatty acids and high levels of protein in seafood are great for recovering mothers because they aid in improving heart health, eye health, maintaining healthy brain function and even boosting intelligence. However, consuming seafood high in mercury content can cause gastric problems and other complications. Therefore, it is best for you to stay away from seafood with high mercury content, such as barramundi, swordfish, fresh tuna, king mackerel, and more. Instead, consider consuming those with a lower mercury content, such as salmon, prawns, lobsters, and canned tuna. 

7. Citrus Food

Citrus fruits such as orange, lime and lemons are not dangerous in small amounts but consume these fruits more frequently in larger amounts and they can cause rashes or discomfort in your baby as it irritates their digestive system. 

Confinement is a critical time where you have to focus on recovering while learning to live with and care for your newborn baby. If you wish to quickly recover and restore your health back to what it was before pregnancy, you must be extremely cautious with the kind of food you consume and avoid foods that will irritate your body or hinder your recovery. 

In Singapore, there are numerous confinement catering companies that provide confinement food packages to suit all diets and preferences. These packages allow you to concentrate on resting and caring for your baby without having to worry about your meals.

NouRiche is a confinement food catering company that collaborates with TCM professionals to provide new moms with complete and nourishing meals. Fill your stomach with delicious and nutritious food today