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Having morning sickness during pregnancy is probably one of the worst symptoms ever! You feel nauseous and weak when it hits, and the tiniest of smells might trigger another retching episode where you’ll probably spend the better part of the hour on the bathroom floor, less if you’re lucky. So, is there anything you can do to prevent morning sickness?

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Pregnant women use up a lot of energy and also lose a lot of blood when giving birth. It isn’t unusual for them to look pale and tired after a few intense hours on the delivery bed. Besides the painful aftermath of childbirth, their body is also learning to produce breastmilk for the first time, which means that their confinement diet should consist of more essential nutrients than before.

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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. 

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Previously, we’ve explained about the month of confinement, why it’s deemed necessary in most Malaysian households, and how to avoid puerperal symptoms during and after the confinement period.

In this 3rd part of the Confinement 101 series, we’ll be covering a few common physical treatments for new moms that are popular in different Malaysian cultures, how they help relieve postnatal symptoms and illnesses, and why our 28-Day Confinement Healing Soup matters for your quick postpartum recovery.

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In the last Confinement 101 post, we discussed briefly about what confinement is, and why confinement is considered the most important recovery period for women who have just given birth.

All sorts of instructions and advices start pouring in the moment you announce your pregnancy. They could be from your mom, your mom-in-law, your siblings, or even from the aunty at the pasar malam. Do this; don’t do that. Eat this; don’t eat that. Use this; don’t use that. Aiyo, why so mafan one?

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Navigating through the sea of information on confinement during your first pregnancy can be scary. There’s just so much information out there, both myths and truths. How would you know to distinguish one from another if you’re not even sure what to expect in the first place?

Let’s start all from the beginning.

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The spotlight may be on your wife while she’s pregnant with your baby, but remember: it takes two to tango. You might feel lost and want to leave everything up to her, but don’t forget that you’re equally responsible for her pregnancy. She might be feeling just as lost as you are, especially if it’s her first time carrying.

Don’t let her do all the hard work while you just watch anxiously from the sides. She might be feeling sensitive, scared, or lonely. Just be there for her. There is nothing more comforting than knowing that her partner has her back every step of the way.

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While your body is magically working to create a beautiful baby in nine months’ time, you will need a lot of essential vitamins and nutrients to make sure your little one(s) grow and develop healthily. But how much of what do you need in your pregnancy diet?

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Each woman recovers in her own unique way after caesarean (C-section) birth, just as after vaginal birth. Pain medications can help during the first few days (the medications given are considered safe during breastfeeding).

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Oedema (or in common terms, feet swelling during pregnancy) affects about three-quarters of pregnant women starting around week 22 to week 27 of pregnancy, and it will likely stick around until you give birth.

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