Confinement Nanny

The thoughts of a confinement nanny

Being a confinement nanny is not easy, you are in fact being paid one salary for 3 jobs and on mid-night shifts for consecutive 28-days. Newborn is not like adult, able to sleep through the nights, they may wake up several times a nights, for diaper change/night feeds/sleepless etc. The confinement nanny has to coax the newborn all night, with lots of love and patience. And everyday in the day, confinement nanny has to cook confinement meals for mommy, prepare meals for daddy when he’s at home,  prepare herbal bath, brew daily tonics, laundry care for baby (handwash if necessary), laundry for mommy/daddy, basic housework like sweeping and mopping floor, cleaning up the kitchen after every cooking, grocery shopping if necessary and as and when, attend to newborn’s needs 24hours. It is not like what other’s think – help to cook and carry baby only. Every newborn is different, some may take a longer time to fall asleep, some may only sleep in the day and awake at night, so confinement nanny has to follow the timing of the newborn.

Confinement period is to let new moms rest as much as possible during the 28-days, help to build up your milk supply and adapt to your newborn baby. Newborn also need time to adapt to the new environment (out from mommy’s cosy womb)  as well as learn to feed, sleep and excrement. So confinement nanny is here to help as much as she can. Help you to set up a proper milk feed/sleep time system so that you can follow once confinement period ends.

We do encourage employers to build a good communication with the nannies so that she will know what will you be expecting so that she can better perform in her duties and chores.

Sometime ago, we have read about Bad confinement nannies. To be able to work as a confinement nanny, one must have the love, patience and passion in caring for the newborn. One must have the knowledge in what to cook for confinement meals, and one must have the experiences in caring for newborn.

Freelance confinement nannies 

For some employers who engaged freelance confinement nannies, you must do your due diligence in checking their background. i.e. 1) How many years of experiences (in malaysia or singapore) because we have slightly different confinement practices. For Singaporean mommies, we prefer to breastfeed & hygienic is very important when handling newborns.  2) Where did they learn their confinement training from? 3) How many kids do they have 4) What languages do they speak and what was she working as prior to becoming a confinement nanny 5) Do they know what herbs to cook from Day 1 to Day 28? (Test their knowledge by asking what kind of soup to increase breastmilk, what kind of soup as daily tonics, and what are the benefits of eating certain type of confinement dishes 6) Can they handle night feeds? 7) Are they following traditional or modern confinement 8) Would they be able to help out more (easy-going or not) if needed

Usually freelance confinement nannies goes by referrals, meaning one customer refer to his/her friend. In our opinion, sometimes confinement nanny works different for different families. What suits your friends may not suits you because there is no one size fits all nanny. The confinement nanny must be able to blend in with your family structure too. That is why at STAR Confinement we help you to do match-making to the most suitable nanny according to your needs and requirements.

For freelance confinement nannies, you must take note, unlike agency nannies, they do not have a strict code of conduct to follow.

Also, some freelance confinement nannies will take employers to “save money” on work permit but do you know the penalty for failing to have a valid work pass for confinement nanny? Read here: http://www.mom.gov.sg/  and for government levy you can pay here https://www.cpf.gov.sg/members

And what happens if your freelance nannies only have 14-days of valid stay in Singapore when you engaged her for 28-days? Find out more here: https://www.ica.gov.sg/

Agency confinement nannies 

For agency confinement nannies, we will always be answerable to our customers. Unlike freelance confinement nannies, if an emergency crops up at home, they needed to leave immediately with no replacement or they will just ask any friends to stand-in for them. As for agencies like us, we will always be answerable to our customers, replacement if not suitable and we will match accordingly to your requirements. We also have a strict code of conduct to follow and our nannies are make sure they are of good attitude and with good experiences. We want to build by trust and faith, we will always listen to customers if they have any feedback and we are constantly working to improve our services for our customers.

We look forward to pampering you soon! 

 

 

 

Traditional dietary conditioning and tonification during confinement

Traditional dietary conditioning and tonification during confinement is divided into 4 major periods. Each different period will hav a different objective and different focus on dietary conditioning and tonification to cater to the mother’s body changes and stage of recovery. Focused conditioning and tonification methods during the confinement period aim to secure early recuperation with the perfect diet to maintain a good figure, restore health and attain a good physical condition.

1st week (1st – 7th day)

Promoting blood circulation and eliminating stasis and clotting, eliminating lochia, expel wind and cold, promoting healing of wound

Key focus: clear waste from the body, eliminate stasis clots and promote the healing of wound from delivery.

Recommended dishes:

Breakfast: Shredded chicken porridge, wolfberry porridge

Lunch/Dinner: Sesame oil chicken, pig maw fried with shredded ginger, motherwort & ginger soup, argy wormwood leaf, egg & ginger soup

Others: Confinement herbal tea, Shenghua soup

2nd week (8th day – 14th day)

Enhancing Qi and nourishing blood, promoting lactation, keeping the uterus warm

Key focus: Tonifying the middle Qi, nourishing blood and improving blood circulation, ensuring proper lactation and promoting a good recovery and contraction of the uterus and vagina.

Recommended dishes:

Breakfast: Shredded chicken brown rice porridge, Rice wine mee sua noodles, pig kidney with sesame oil mee sua noodles, egg sandwich

Lunch/Dinner: Rice wine chicken, ginger fried spinch, shredded ginger fried salmon, steamed minced pork, ginger wine fungus stewed pork, Ning Shen chicken soup

Others: Confinement herbal tea

3rd week (15th – 21st day)

Recovering Yuan Qi, strengthening tendons and lower back and promoting physical strength and energy.

Key focus: Strengthen the lower back, strengthen tendons, bones and ligaments, enhance the recovery of the pelvis as well as to prevent back pain and postpartum uterine prolapsed.

Recommended dishes

Breakfast: Peanuts and shredded chicken porridge, fish slices porridge, ginger wine chicken mee sua noodles

Lunch/Dinner: Steamed pomfret with wolfberry and angelica, golden straw mushrooms and black fungus chicken, steamed chicken with American ginseng, pig kidney with sesame oil, Ba Zhen soup, peanut pork trotter soup, Shi Quan Da Bu soup

Others: Confinement herbal tea, ginger rice tea, red bean paste

4th week (22nd – 28th day)

Enhancing strength and nourishing Yuan Qi, stimulating mental functions and strengthening the body

Key focus: Nourishing of the kidney and liver, physical rehabilitation, nourishment of the brain, enhancement of mental functions. It can be appropriate to commence on skin care and prevention of hair loss.

Recommended dishes

Breakfast: Pumpkin porridge, pork and brown rice porridge, sesame oil rice noodles

Lunch/Dinner: Steamed pomfret with ginseng and fungus, tumeric fried chicken, pork trotters in vinegar, steamed chicken drumstick (with essence of Chicken), minced meat with okra, Du Zhong Bu Yao soup

Others: Confinement herbal tea, black sesame paste

The above weekly food recommendations may be adjusted to suit your personal condition and preferences so that you can arrange for the 3 meals a day to have a enjoyable tonification diet.

While different confinement nannies will have different cooking style, it is best to communicate with your confinement nannies on your food preferences. We have customers specifically asking for Hakka nannies who can cook Hakka dishes 🙂

At STAR Confinement Nanny, our nannies are customer-oriented. They take note of your food/diet preferences and will cook accordingly to your appetite. This is to encourage/boost your appetite slowly and the body will takes time to absorb the nutrients.

As some mommies may choose to order tingkat confinement meals during your confinement period for the convenience, however, it is best to eat freshly cooked food and in accordingly to your body constitution.  Confinement food is not a one-size fit all, our nannies will see if your body can take the herbs otherwise it will result in a heaty body. You have to do it slowly and not everything at once.

And of course, it is not always necessary to eat pork livers (some of us may not like this or many of us do not like to eat organs) you can always replace it with alternatives like black bean soup or other plant-based that are high in iron sources.

While it is essential to get proper nutrients, one should not over-eat too much of a good thing as it is easy to put on weight too when every confinement dishes seems so delicious!

Here’s wishing you a pleasant confinement period, have regular meals, proper sleeping hours and ENJOY bonding time with your newborn. 🙂

 

Daily care during confinement

While most modern women follow the traditional herbs prescriptions in the confinement diet, they get confused when it comes to some of the restrictions on daily life stipulated in traditional confinement practices. However, as long as the rationale for these traditional practices is understood, they can make adjustments in line with today’s modern lifestyle while enjoying a relaxed and happy confinement. Confinement nanny will teach you how and why we must or not to follow these practices.

Keeping good hygiene & keeping warm in confinement

During confinement, some of the traditional taboos on physical health (such as touching water, abstinence from taking a bath or washing hair and avoid exposure to wind, often perplex and confuse modern moms. But if one can understand the logic behind these ‘restrictions’, it will be easier to adapt.

“Avoiding Cold Water”

During the first one or two days after delivery, the body temperature of the postpartum woman may rise and for 2 weeks, she will tend to perspire a lot and her pres will be enlarged. Coupled with a weakened immunity, she can easily catch a cold. In the past, people relied on water from well or river water for their daily activities. The water from these sources contained bacteria or parasites. In order to avoid infection and chill, the water has to be boiled before use. As it was quite troublesome to boil water then, the postpartum woman avoided unboiled water much as possible. Today there is no problem with convenient hot water supply. However, as the immune system of the postpartum women is weaker, any water that comes into contact with a wound must be boiled first and allowed to cool before it is used. Warm water can be used to wash hands or other items. The use of cold water should be avoided in order to prevent the joints and skin from being ‘chilled’, subsequently causing headaches or joint pains.

“Bathing” 

During confinement, cleanliness is important. Bathing is not totally restricted but as the wound has not healed completely, it would be advisable to not use the tub. Instead, the postpartum woman should shower or wipe herself and after bath or washing hair, she should immediately dry and keep herself warm. If there is too much lochia during the first week, she should not wash her hair. If must, can use the Herbal bath to wash. This is to avoid and expel ‘wind’ from getting into the scalp.

“Keep Warm”

In the olden days, homes were typically not that fully enclosed. Nowadays, homes are equipped with air-cons or electric fans for ventilation and to maintain coolness. It is fine to maintain a room temperature of 26 degree to 28 degrees for air circulations as long as the aircon or fan is not blowing directly. Maternity wear has to be warm, but also breathable. As frequent sweating happens, it is advisable to change clothes regularly to prevent catching a cold.

Here are some of the common herbs used during confinement

Health supplementation during confinement uses the health wisdom from generations to generations to restore health for mothers. Combined with the benefits of Chinese medicine and the trusted prescriptions, this will benefit the postpartum woman in improving physical fitness and recovery.

Here we will recommend some herbs and tonic soups

  • Confinement Herbal Tea (Red Date Tea) for daily consumption 

Functions: Tones up blood, prevents anemia, promotes breast milk secretion, prevents postpartum constipation.

Explanation: Due to blood loss and Qi being spent after delivery, the lack of blood could result in dizziness, blurred vision and heavy sweating. Dangsheng with red dates will help to increase the manufacture of hemoglobin, thus helping to prevent anemia. With sufficient Qi and blood, secretion of breastmilk would be easier. Red dates and black dates ease bowel movements and can prevent postpartum constipation problems.

  •  Sheng Hua Soup (2nd day after discharged, 1 hour after meals)

Functions: Improves blood circulation, clears stassis and clots, warms the middle section and disperses cold.

Explanation: Helps metabolism and expelling of lochia. Also helps uterus to shrink back to shape and prevents uterine hermatoma.

  • Si Sheng Soup (To be taken 3rd day onwards)

Functions: Strengthen spleen and kidney’s function.

Explanation: Reduce dampness, improve digestive system to enhance nutrient absorption.

  • Dang Gui Nourishing Soup (To be taken from 7th day onwards)

Functions: Help to produce and nourish blood, improve circulation.

Explanation: The postpartum period typically sees the body heaving ’emptiness’ and stasis. Angelica can help to increase hemoglobin, promote blood circulation.

  • Ba Zhen Soup (To be taken from 1oth day onwards) 

Functions: Nourishing Qi and blood as well as liver. Improves physical fitness and prevents anemia.

Explanation: Enhances the efficiency and results of Qi and blood replenishment. Also helps gastrointestinal digestion and absorption and helps to increase breast milk secretion.

  • Du Zhong Bu Yao Soup 

Functions: To tone up the kidneys, bones, prevent back pain.

Explaination: Improves lower back, strengthens muscles and ligaments function

  • Bak Foong Pills

Fortifies the constitution and enhances health. Tonifies postpatrum physical weakness, promotes recovery of health and helps to prevent postpartum disorders

  • Ginger wine – Ginger wine can expel wind and remove cold. It can warm the stomach, help postpartum women to tonify spleen, stomach health and also promote digestion.
  • Black Bean Vinegar – Pure fermented black beans vinegar can help postpartum women to tonify the liver, kidney and also provide calcium supplement
  • Chicken Essence – Chicken Essence can supplement the postpartum woman’s body strength, promote metabolism and improve blood deficiency.

 

 

Post Natal Depression

What exactly is PND (Post-Natal Depression) and PNB (Post Natal Blues) ?

Giving birth to a new birth is a very happy for all mothers, however, some of the mommies may develop PND after the birth of the baby.

Post Natal Depression is quite common and it can happen to anyone, just like a flu. But what exactly is PND and how can mommies overcome it?

Some of the disorders included mood swings, anxiety attacks, unusual appetite cravings, and even severe morning sickness (otherwise known as hyperemesis), which can be sometimes disabling. The common features of depression are also common to the pregnancy state, such as loss of appetite, poor sleep, feeling tired and forgetful. More useful symptons to look out for would be the emotional features and the negative thinking pattern: cry easily, low mood, irritability, loss in interests, excessive self blaming and feeling of hopeless or that life is meaningless. As mood swings are quite common in pregnancy, one clue to look for is these are associated with an loss of interests in social or occupational functioning.

Post Natal Blues 

The blues usually hit in the first week after delivery, and is usually short lasting, subsiding within a few days or weeks. Those affected will feel irritable, weepy and moody. There may be excessive anxiety about being able to cope with the baby, or feeling even fustrated with the baby’s cryings. Post Natal Depression are more common in first-time mothers who have no previous experience with motherhood and those with poor support.

As it is usually short-lasting and does not typically affect the mother’s ability to care for her infant. At this time, we need to help the new mothers to overcome the anxiety. This is when the strong support of our confinement nannies will come in. The new mothers can benefit from confinement nanny’s support and with constant encouragement and reassurance from loved ones, the new mother will confident again.

Post Natal Depression

This is very important to be aware of Post-Natal Depression as it could lead to uneventful situations. If we have never been through Post Natal Depression, we will never understand how dark it is like for these sufferers. Women suffering from PND often think themselves as weak or abnormal. As usual, the typical symptoms is low mood, irritability, poor sleep, tiredness and loss in interests in activities. You will also feel negative feelings towards the baby. It is important for the affected women to seek professional help.

Especially for women who have pre-natal depression or anxiety, it is easy to become post-natal depression or anxiety disorder.

Family support is very important during this period, for the husbands, please try to be more tolerating and understanding. When after a women gives birth, besides the hormonal changes, there is also physical changes (flabby tummy, c-sec scars etc) and feeling of low confidence may contribute to Post Natal Depression

How to cope with Post-Natal Depression? 

Most importantly, seek professional help. Speak to your loved ones, family and friends. Don’t bottom up your feelings inside. Even when you don’t feel like getting off the bed, tell yourself “You can do It!” When you don’t feel like eating, drink something nutritious in replacement! Watch a funny video (even when you don’t feel its funny) Take a stroll down the park, smell the flowers! (Being with nature is the best!) Listen to relaxing music, taste the good food or TRAVEL! See the world in different places, don’t cope yourself up at home. You’ll learn to enjoy the little things in life. 🙂

Sometimes in life, we get lemons thrown to us. Take the lemons and enjoy making that lemonade. 🙂 Don’t feel ashamed of yourself, be brave and confident! 🙂

Our confinement nannies will try to console the mommies, by talking to them, cheering them up and making them the food they like to eat. If you don’t have any support at home, it is best to engage a confinement lady. Because this will great reduce your anxiety in caring for the baby and yourself. Confinement nanny will take care of baby 24 hours, cook confinement food for you, cook for your husband as well when he’s at home, brew daily tonics, prepare herbal bath for you, laundry care for mommy and baby, basic housework like sweeping and mopping floor, tidying up the house when free, cleaning the kitchen after every cooking, grocery shopping if necessary.

Confinement nannies will take care of you professionally. Ensuring you have a good diet and baby will have good milk.

Of course, don’t neglect your husbands too! Husbands are the quiet strong hands supporting the family, sometimes men can get post-natal depression too. But whatever it is, a couple should always love and care for one another, with a new additional in the family, this means “Love & Life Must Goes On”. 🙂

May Everyone Be Blessed Always! 🙂

 

 

Confinement Nanny Secret Recipes

Thanks to Confinement Nanny Wat Lew for sharing this amazing tea! This is a traditional confinement drink called – Rice Tea. It is usually made for mommies who have a “heaty” body constitution in replacement of the Red Date Tea. Or suitable for breastfeeding mommies whose babies have very high jaundice.

 

Methods

Wash and dry the uncooked rice and put into the frying wok. Stir-fried it till light golden, put in some orange peel (陈皮) and ginger. When cooled, store into a tight container. Add hot water when you’re ready to drink!

Confinement Herbal Bath

Nowadays, most Chinese Herbal Bath comes conveniently pre-packed in 30 sachets. If you are thinking of doing your own confinement bath, here is what you need to prepare:

Ingredients : Artemesia argyi (艾叶)  30g  Eucommia ulmooides (杜仲) 20g Ledebouriella divaricata (防风) 20g  Perilla frutescens (紫苏叶) 20g

Function is to improve blood circulation in new mothers

  1. Put the first 3 herbs in a muslin bag and seal
  2. Then put the herbs in a water kettle and bring to boil
  3. After boiling, discard the herbs and pour the water into the bath tub. Add same amount of hot water to fill the tub.
  4. If bathtub is not available, just put in a pail to bath or to wipe your body.

However, please note this prescription is NOT suitable for mothers with fever after labor.

Another grandma’s recipe for post-natal confinement dish is the infamous Pig Trotters in Black Vinegar 

Ingredients :

  • 1 pair of pig trotters
  • 1kg of matured ginger (bentong giner who is the spiciest ginger of them all, a must for confinement cooking)
  • 6 tablespoon of seasme seed oil
  • 4 cups of black vinegar
  • 600g of brown sugar
  • 4 hard boiled eggs
  • 9 cups of water

If you’re a vegetarian, simply just replace pig trotters with (mock meat, mushroom, black fungus and black beans) which tasted heavenly and equally nourishing as well – minus the guilt! 

Our confinement ladies highly recommended cooking with doggie brand sweet vinegar for its sweet taste and Zhe jiang vinegar for its sour taste.

 

Instructions:

  1. Clean pork trotters and chop into big cubes
  2. Heat the sesame oil, add in sliced ginger and fry till golden brown
  3. Place the fried ginger in a big clay pot and stir in vinegar, sugar and water
  4. Bring to boil and leave to simmer for about half an hour
  5. Add the pig’s trotters and continue to simmer until the meat is tender.
  6. Add the egg about 30 minutes before serving
  7. Best served when warm.
For vegetarian cooking

Instructions:

  1. Put mock meat, mushroom, black fungus in slices
  2. Heat the sesame oil, add in sliced ginger and fry till golden brown
  3. Place the fried ginger in a big clay pot and stir in vinegar, sugar and water
  4. Bring to boil (black beans) and leave to simmer for about 45 minutes till soft
  5. Add the mock meat, mushroom, black fungus  and continue to simmer until the ingredents are tender.
  6. Add the egg about 30 minutes before serving
  7. Best served when warm.

Common ingredients used in TCM soup 

  1. Chinese ginseng 

Benefits (a) Restores strength and energy level after childbirth by improving blood circulation

(b) Revitalizes and aids the recovery process after serious illnesses or major operations by boosting the body’s immunity

(c) Promotes digestion and improves appetite for the mother to produce adequate milk for the newborn.

DO not use when pregnant, and do not use together with high doses of caffeine or other stimulants.

2. Dang gui 

(a) Commonly used herb in treating many kinds of gynecological problems such as irregular menstruation, painful menses and infertility.

(b) Efficient in treating anemic conditions

(c) Commonly used to relieve pain due to blood stagnation

(d) Important herb for postpatrum period as it aims to increase blood production as well as revive a weakened blood circulation

Note: Please consult a licensed TCM physician before taking any TCM herbs as some herbs may induce uterine contractions.

Our confinement nannies have years of experiences in confinement cooking. Some do have secrets recipes that were passed down by their mothers and grandmothers, which were flavorful and nutritious.  Just like brewing chicken essence (not the canned ones!) which contains a lot of nutrients, without any added preservatives and chemicals. All freshly made for you by our confinement nannies. 🙂

Confinement period is a time to rest and relax, eat all the good food and build up your immunity. Do you have any confinement recipes to share with us? Feel free to comment! 🙂

Nutrition During Pregnancy – Foods To Avoid

Food hygienic is extremely important during one’s pregnancy. This is because of possible bacteria and certain harmful chemicals such as alcohol and methylmercury can pass from mother to baby and cause damage to unborn fetus.

A list of foods to be avoided during pregnancy :

Unpasteurized milk; soft cheeses, e.g. Brie, Feta, Camembert and Roquefort; liver pates; and uncooked meat such as hot dogs, ham and luncheon meats. -> These food are prone to a bacteria called Listeria monocytogenese that causes listeriosis, which may result in miscarriages and stillbirth.

Symptoms of listeriosis include fever, muscle aches, and sometimes nausea or diarrhea. In some cases, headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, or convulsions can occur. Pregnant women who are infected may experience only a mild, flu-like illness. If you are pregnant and get listeriosis, taking antibiotics can often prevent infection of the fetus or newborn. Babies who have listeriosis receive the same antibiotics as adults, although a combination of antibiotics is often used until doctors are certain of the diagnosis.

Raw or undercooked meat, poultry, seafood, e.g. raw oyster, cockles, sashimi and sushi, and raw and half-boiled eggs. In raw or uncooked meat, it contain a lot of food borne bacteria and viruses. Changes in your metabolism and circulation during pregnancy, you be be more prone to the risk of bacteria food poisoning.

Avoid large fish as they contain a lot of mercury. Avoid swordfish, shark, tilefish and king mackerel. Limit canned albacore tuna.

Herbal supplements

Do not consume herbal supplements. Please consult your doctor if you are planning to take these herbs.

Alcohol

Mothers who drink alcohol have a higher risk of miscarriages and still birth. Excessive alcohol consumption may result in fetal alcohol syndrome, including facial deformities, low birth weight and mental retardation.

Unwashed salad and raw vegetables sprouts, including alfalfa, clover, radish, and mung bean.

Unwashed salad may be contaminated with bacteria from the soil, while raw vegetables sprouts contain high levels of germs.

For a healthy pregnancy, you need more than 40 different types of nutrients to sustain good health and promote your unborn child’s growth.

  1. Folate (Folic acid) – Folate is vitamin B, which helps to prevent neural tube defects (malformations of the brain and spinal cord) in your developing baby and anemia in pregnant women. You can get your rich dose of folate in dark green vegetables (spinach, broccoli, asparagus, citrus fruits and juices, yeast extracts, liver, dried beans and fortified breakfast cereals. However, avoid cooking for a long time as overcooking (heat) destroys folate.

2. Iron is needed for formation of red blood cells. Which your newborn need it to store adequate iron for the first six months of his/her life before starting solid foods. To enhance the absorption of non-heme iron, consume Vitamin C rich foods at the same meal.

3. Vitamin B12 is required for blood formation. It is found in mainly meat, poultry, fish, milk and eggs.

4. Omega-3 Fatty Acids DHA is one of the omega-3 fatty acids found in coldwater deepsea fish, is important for brain and eye development. Studies have shown that pregnant women who eat cold-water fish have babies with higher IQ and better vision than pregnant women who do not. Unfortunately, large deep sea fishes may contain a heavy metal (methylmercury) that is toxic to developing fetus’s neurolocial system. Avoid shark, swordfish, king mackerel (known as “batang fish”) and tilefish (white snapper). Although tuna is good source of DHA, albacore tuna (found mainly in canned white tuna) is higher in methylmecury than other types of tuna (e.g. skipjack, bigeye and yellowfin, common used for canned light tuna) Safe DHA-rich sources include salmon, sardines, herring, halibut, canned light tuna and omega-3 fortified eggs.

We highly recommend  100% wild caught salmon from The Alaska Guys Pte Ltd (Singapore) It’s packed and sealed tightly for freshness. 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. Vitamin A, C, D – Get your sources from Eggs, milk, deep-red and yellow fruits and vegetables (for example, papaya, mango, pumpkin, carrots) and dark leafy vegetables (for example spinach and broccoli) 

6. Calcium for strong bones and teeth. Excellent sources of calcium are milk and yogurt. Ikan bilis, sardines, calcium fortified soymilk and fruit juice.

Remember, you should not go on a diet to lose weight when you are pregnant. Instead, focus on healthy eating habits to control the rate of weight gain so that both you and baby will have optimal nutrition. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Getting The Right Confinement Nanny

It is naturally understandable many of us will have some kind of doubts when choosing a reliable agency for our needs. Just like choosing a reliable and committed tuition teacher for your kid, or even a house maid for your household, or even a confinement nanny – we need someone whom we can trust and rely on for taking care of us and our family.

So what happens when it comes to choosing the RIGHT confinement nanny agency?

Firstly, at STAR Confinement Nanny, we focus on getting the right talents. Our confinement nannies were trained with adequate knowledge and have gained at least 5 years of experiences as a confinement nanny, we also made sure they are of someone with good attitude, good hygiene and support breastfeeding . Nobody wants a nanny with bossy attitude or with bad habits, so at STAR Confinement Nanny, we eliminate these bad traits before selecting them into our STAR Team Nannies and then matching them with your specific requirements before sending them to you.

Everyone is super afraid of bad confinement ladies because after all, you have paid a premium in getting good help and you do want to have a good experience, not a nightmare. And we have been in this industry for sometime to know who are the black sheeps and we will never use them for our customers. We have our fair share of dealing with bad confinement nannies and thus we have keep a little black book called –

Blacklisted Confinement Nannies!

Inside are the names of the confinement nannies whom we have blacklisted and we’ll never use them again. We are particularly strict on code of conduct. Confinement nannies who don’t turn up last minute, confinement nannies who are choosy in their work (this cannot, that cannot, everything also cannot?!) Under-qualified confinement nannies with not much experiences, bad attitudes confinement nannies – we have seen it all. Most customers who engaged in freelance confinement nannies – the percentage in getting one such nanny is higher than getting from agency’s. If your freelance nanny walked out on you suddenly, or when they have something urgent cropped up at home which requires them to leave immediately, what happen next is – you’ll be left in the lurch without any help. As a licensed agency, we have to follow MOM’s law and regulations, we have to maintain our reputation well. Some freelance nannies will tell customers, they don’t need any work permit so customers can save on work permit application & government levy. But do you know the consequences of engaging a confinement nanny without a valid work permit?

Penalties

For illegally deploying an FDW, the penalty is a fine of up to $10,000. Convicted employers may also be banned from employing FDWsFor employing an FDW without a valid Work Permit, the penalty is a fine between $5,000 and $30,000, or imprisonment for up to 1 year, or both. For subsequent convictions, offenders face mandatory imprisonment.

Find out more at http://www.mom.gov.sg

How is STAR Confinement Nanny different?

Our nannies are quality nannies whom we have picked to join us. They have at least 5 years of experience, good cooking skills, good attitude and are easy going. They must be classify as ‘Good confinement nannies’ so that they can continue to work with us, thus we often have feedback with customers on how their experiences.

We provide a listening ear for our customers, we listen and understand their needs so as to do a customised matching for our customers. We put ourselves in customers’ shoes. Would we want such a nanny to do confinement for us? Is this nanny suitable enough? Some customers may requires an English speaking nanny or some customers may requires a Cantonese speaking nanny. Some customers may also request for nanny to be cheerful so as to bond with their older family members, or some customers prefer a quiet-natured nanny. We will match accordingly to customers’ preferences so as to lessen the chance of doing a replacement. We always encourage our nannies and customers to have a good communication. With good communication, it will build good relationships and meet expectations. We aim to create a lasting relationship with our customers, to become their trustworthy friend. We want customers to have good experience with us, after all, this is a time where you will be treated like a Queen. 🙂

We look forward to pampering you soon! 

Popular gynaecologist in Singapore

Statistic taken from Kiasumom website, which complied various popular gynae over several popular forums.

Confinement Tips

Confinement Tips shared by Dr Peiling

Confinement myths and taboos (Daily routine) 

Q: The room must be kept air-flow-tight with no exposure to draft, air-conditioning or fan?  

A: During the postnatal period, the body tends to be weaken, muscles stretched and relaxed, and the body pores expands and opens up. And if exposed to direct flow of cold or cool breeze, you may get headache, joint and muscle pain. Despite of this, your room must have proper air circulation and must be well ventilated to prevent you from sweating. Keep yourself comfortable and avoid perspiring, do not consume food when is still hot, let it cool down awhile before consuming. Do not cover up excessively with warm clothing or you may suffer from body heatiness and this will not be beneficial to your health.

Come on, please bear in mind that we are in Singapore. With our hot and humid tropical climate, we sweat easily and this opens up the body pores. Isn’t this allowing ‘wind’ to enter our body? So it is more important to stay in a comfortable environment with air-conditioning set to around 26°Celsius, but no direct air-flow blowing towards you. In fact, I really do not understand why many confinement mothers avoid air-conditioning and preventing themselves from enjoying a comfortable confinement. And all this is because of gossips and hearsay that has been spread around and making your confinement dreadfully miserable.

 Q: Must boiled water and wait for it to cool before using it to wash-up and brushing teeth? This is to prevent rheumatism?  

A: This belief is baseless. Older generation practices this strictly but still suffers from rheumatism.  So don’t stressed yourself too much about this myth, it is OK as long as you use lukewarm water (even if its directly from the water heater/shower). But make sure that you completely wipe dry after.

Q: Do not wash your hair?

A: As I mentioned earlier, during postnatal, your body pores tend to expand. And if you shower yourself or wash your hair too soon, it will cause headache, rheumatism and other health complications. Furthermore, when your body and scalp is cold, it will contract the womb and disrupt the flow and the discharge of the lochia. Therefore, my advice is, on the first 12 days of the confinement period only towel-wipe your body preferable with Parsnip Herbal Bath solution, always remember to wipe dry immediately to avoid catching a cold. As for your hair, use Dry Shampoo instead.

Q: Do not carry heavy items going up and down the stairs?

A: As the body weakens, muscles stretched and relaxed, and the body pores expands during your confinement, it is advisable to reduce walking, using the stairs, lifting heavy items or carrying your baby while standing. We all know that after childbirth, the uterus will be stretched and loosen, and if you are on your feet regularly it will lead to uterine prolapse. Even when you are sitting, you need to put a pillow to support your back. Also please avoid squatting and bending over. However, if you can’t avoid to be on your feet, you can use a Postnatal Belly Support Belt to maintain and support the uterus position. Even this, please walk slowly.

 

 

 

Confinement and Its Benefits

Pregnancy and childbirth weaken a new mother. The nutrition sharing during pregnancy, the physiological changes of a mother’s body during pregnancy and the loss of blood during childbirth are some of the main concern area.

Confinements are designed to recondition the body to deal with Qi and blood deficiencies, restore endocrine functions, loosen muscle tension, and promote the recovery of the reproductive system.

Confinement practices are still a common practice, especially among Asians. Confinement practices are important as part of the recovery, recuperation, revitalization and rejuvenation of new mothers.

 

Promote Blood Flow

More often than not, childbirth causes blood clots and muscle tension. Consuming warming foods help to regulate, promote and restore blood flow and Qi in new mothers. Improved blood circulation encourages a speedy recovery from childbirth.

Prevents Post-natal Depression

Post-natal depression must be taken seriously. Fatigue itself may cause depression. On top of that, a new baby, hormonal imbalance, the lack of sleep, back pain, improper uterine function, wound healing may lead to depression.

 Restore Uterine Function 

Childbirth cases the uterine function to go haywire. On top of that, it will cause swelling and blood loss. Confinement helps to promote blood flow and tonics help to regulate uterine function.

Prevent Lower Back Pain

In preparation for childbirth, our lower back muscle will loosen to ease the baby’s descend through the body. This and the possibility of a forceful childbirth, are some of the reasons a mother’s body take time to regulate and recuperate loosened joints, in which, during this gap period, mothers are subjected to lower back pain.

Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding is a natural process. However, there are also some obstacles. Proper confinement helps to boost breast milk, clear ducts and prevent mothers from catching cold or feeling fatigue.

Radiant Complexion

One of the way to see if confinement does you well is in your skin tone. A mother who has gone through proper confinement would have radiant skin. 

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