Whether it’s your first, second, or third time in confinement, there isn’t anything in the world that is warmer, more inviting, or more looked-forward to than when you’re finally allowed to have a good, clean shower.
Traditionally, the Chinese community frowns upon baths or showers during confinement, citing it causes pain ‘in 50 years’ time’. Some even say that touching any form of ‘raw water’ during confinement is the main cause of puerperal symptoms. On the other hand, you have the Western doctors claiming it’s all just an old wives’ tale and it’s perfectly fine to take a bath whenever you want.
Let’s get to the bottom of this and debunk some Confinement myths, once and for all.
1. Can I shower during my confinement?
Yes, you can shower during your confinement period, but only on 3 conditions. First, you must make sure that the water temperature is no lower than 37°C. Second, limit your showers to a maximum of only 10 minutes. Third, dry off with a warm towel immediately and blowdry your hair if it gets damp to avoid getting the chills.
2. What if I had a C-Section delivery?
It’s always best to ask your doctor before taking a shower if you’ve had a Caesarean delivery. Generally, it shouldn’t be a problem for you to shower 2 weeks after the surgery.
3. How soon can I shower?
You’re strongly advised not to shower within the first 7 days of confinement if you’ve had a natural birth and first 10-12 days if you’ve had a C-section. However, you can still take quick sponge baths to clean up. After this period of time, you can start taking showers at least 2-3 times a week.
4. What is the proper way to take a sponge bath?
Boil a sachet of our TYT Confinement Herbal Bath in some water and soak a sponge or towel into the water. Wring out any excess water and use the sponge or towel to gently wipe down the stomach, breasts, and other sweaty body parts.
5. Can I wash my hair during my confinement?
Usually, your sweat glands get very active after childbirth; that’s why your scalp gets sweaty and oily very quickly. If everything goes well, you can start washing your hair as soon as 7 days after your delivery — however, you need to take extra care and blowdry your hair immediately to make sure you don’t catch a chill.
In the meantime, you can try this trick instead: Warm up some 75% alcohol using hot water and use cotton balls to dab the alcohol directly onto the scalp, then massage gently before using a wide-toothed comb to comb through your hair. It helps to freshen up the scalp and improve blood circulation without having to actually wash your hair.
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6. Why does everyone tell me not to wash my hair?
The advice is actually passed down from older and less convenient times. Their living conditions then were not as modern as today, with hairdryers, water heaters, and other bathroom facilities readily available, so it was easier to catch a chill and fall sick if they washed their hair during their confinement.
7. What should I be cautious about when washing my hair?
Don’t use hard shampoos with harmful chemical ingredients because it gets absorbed directly into your scalp. Instead, use natural herbs like our TYT Confinement Herbal Bath sachets in 37°C warm water to clean your hair. Make sure to dry your hair with a hairdryer and use a wooden wide-toothed comb to prevent static electricity.
8. Why am I still bleeding a few days after my delivery?
It’s normal if you notice a dark red discharge within the first few days after your delivery. This vaginal discharge is called lochia. It contains old blood, mucus, and uterine tissue, and usually lasts for 3-7 weeks. Take great care of your hygiene and try not to use the bathtub while your body is still discharging lochia to avoid getting an infection.
9. How do I take care of my vaginal hygiene after giving birth?
Change your cotton pads regularly and take showers instead of baths. Use feminine wash with a low pH level to clean only the external area of your vagina. Also, wear breathable cotton underwear to minimise discomfort and prevent infections.
Now, with all the myths and questions about showering during the confinement period out of the way, confinement should sound less of a scary (and stinky!) thing to you and your loved one.
Use our TYT Confinement Herbal Bath sachets to soothe aches and improve your blood circulation while in confinement. In addition, you can also try the Herbal Bath with Ginger for the extra benefits of dispelling wind and reducing the risk of getting the chills.