Your confinement nanny or mum-in-law might have told you this: Do not take “cold” stuff, such as ice cream, after giving birth as the body is weak in qi.
Based on Western medicine’s perspective, there are no “cooling” or “warm” foods, said Associate Professor Tan Thiam Chye, head and senior consultant at the inpatient service division of obstetrics and gynaecology at KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital.
As long as the diet is balanced, the new mother can eat all kinds of food.
The concern with overeating ice cream is that the sugar content is high, said Prof Tan.
Drinking sufficient fluids after delivery is also advisable, especially if the mother is breastfeeding.
The kidneys will produce more urine in the next few weeks after the baby is born to remove excess fluid that has accumulated during the pregnancy.
A version of this article first appeared in The Straits Times in 2016.
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