My postnatal confinement

As a Chinese, there are so many traditions to follow during the month long postnatal confinement. I always find it ridiculous to follow them. I have done my confinement in a very simple way and received a lot of negative feedback from relatives and friends. They do not understand why I did not follow the traditions.

Some of the popular “rules” are: one must not shower; one has to take a lot of Chinese medicine and herbs, no drinking of water and no fan and air-conditioned are allow during this period. Why does the Chinese practise postnatal confinement? It is because they believe that during childbirth, the mother will lose a lot of blood and ‘Qi’. By doing the above, it will further weaken the mother’s body.

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My first natural birth experience at Mount Alvernia

After 3 months, I have finally settled down and able to start writing about my delivery experience at Mount Alvernia Hospital. Seriously, I feel that the process is not as tough as what I have heard. The whole delivery process took me 18 hours. 18 hours! Sound scary isn’t it? But the first 17 hours is basically a waiting game. We have to wait for the contractions to begin, and slowly reach its peak before my little one is able to come out. The real pain came in the final hour, when I am pushing with my life for an entire 30 minutes, although I am on epidural.

As mentioned in my first baby blog, my gynae wanted me to admit into hospital on 20th September midnight as my water bag’s fluid was below the acceptable level. So after the visit, my husband and I went home to do a final check on the stuff that we need to bring for the hospital stay. I am so nervous at that time. Though we are physically prepared, mentally we are always not.

D2.jpgLeaving our home

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