Food During “Confinement”

The post partum period or confinement as is locally known may last from 30 to 44 days depending on the different communities. Although each community has their own taboos as to what can and cannot be consumed during this period, it is necessary to remember that the post partum period is an important period for the mother. She needs proper nutrition to ensure good health and at the same time produce milk to nurse her baby.

Whether one follows the taboos or not, it is necessary to remember that a balanced diet is vital in maintaining good health. It is important to eat a MODERATE AMOUNT of food from the various food groups.

Do try to

  • Eat a variety of fruits and vegetables daily
  • Eat a variety of animal protein and fish
  • Drink plenty of fluids. These include plain water, soups or milky drinks
  • Ensure a good intake of high calcium food e.g. tofu, fish, sardines, green vegetables,
  • Eat food in as close to their natural state as possible.

Having food from each of the food group below will ensure a well balanced diet

  • Fresh Fruits e.g. apples, pears, grapes, papaya and bananas.
  • Green Leafy Vegetables e.g. spinach, cauliflower, tomatoes, broccoli and kalian.
  • Protein e.g. eggs, fish, meat and milk.
  • Carbohydrates e.g. rice, noodles, whole meal bread and potatoes.
  • Plenty of fluids.
  • Moderate amount of fats.

What to Avoid

  • Excessive coffee and tea
  • Soft drinks with or without sugar
  • Excessive Drinks containing caffeine e.g. cocoa, cola
  • Excessive alcohol
  • Self Medication

This article is present in Jenlia Maternal Services  Post natal booklet as a general guideline to encouraging mothers to have a nourishing diet during the confinement period