Saras from India
This story is from Saras Ramiya on her Indian confinement, which has been republished from www.babycenter.com.sg.
I observed the rules of Indian confinement closely. My confinement lasted 30 days, and it ended with a blessing ceremony for the baby on the 31st day. I had to stay in my confinement room for the first 16 days.
I wasn't allowed out until the 30th day, but I made an exception on the 29th day! I had to go out to buy a cot for my baby as we were having a traditional naming ceremony the next day.
During the confinement, I was only allowed to wash my hair using boiled water, mixed with five to seven types of medical herbs and turmeric powder. I could only do it on days five, seven, nine, 11 and 15, and twice a week after that.
The confinement meals were not that different to everyday meals, although I was given brown sugar to expel blood from the uterus, toasted garlic to increase my breastmilk supply and strengthen my immune system, and black coffee for body warmth.
For lunch and dinner, I had tender vegetables mixed with fish and free-range chicken, cooked in herbal powder-based curry. On the days that I washed my hair, I had chicken soup cooked with Hennessy XO to warm up my body.
The only two things I didn't like about my confinement were the abdomen binding, which I found very uncomfortable, and having to sip my water, instead of gulping it down! Sipping gently never quenched my thirst very well!
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