Do I have to follow these confinement practices during my postnatal confinement period?
It is a very personal choice of lifestyle. I would say it depends on many other factors that may influence that personal choice. However, we should think about relaxing and hassle free period.
1) Cannot leave the house for at least 28 days.
We all know that women who choose to practice the confinement period are generally happy to be confined in their homes. For a lot of mums who choose to practice this, they want to be spoiled with plenty of good nutritious food that are prepared for them but get back in shape. They will grab this opportunity to rest and eat well because just after giving birth even walking and moving about can seem like hard work. They enjoy spending time bonding with their babies and their families. In the western medicine, women after child birth are encouraged to become mobile by getting out of bed and walking as soon as possible. Postnatal exercises are also available to help them to get back in shape. Being mobile is good but do keep yourself feeling cosy and warm if the weather is cold and breezy outside.
2) Not allow to shower or to take a bath after giving birth.
In the Western medicine, keeping a good hygiene is important to reduce the risk of infection. As long as you are having a warm shower/bath and dry yourself properly after it, there is no reason why you are not allowed to have a shower/bath.
3) Not allow to drink water except confinement teas.
Confinement prepared teas are nourishing and replenishing during the confinement period for the mums. These teas are comforting and have a calming effect. Keep yourself hydrated at all times for an optimum healthy body function is important. Therefore, besides enjoying the confinement teas, you are encouraged to drink plenty of other fluids. As long as it is in a warm condition while drinking it according to the Chinese. This is because the Chinese believe that this will keep the body warm which is important in their culture. In the Western medicine, drink as normal but to avoid anything caffeine containing drinks while breast feeding.
The main thing during the confinement period is to rest well and eat plenty of good varieties of food to provide you a different types of nutrients. Also the new family is looking forward to spend the first two weeks especially when the father is on paternity leave together. Therefore, a stress free environment during this period of time is favourable.