Do-It-Yourself Confinement Menu

"You don’t have to be smart to be clever"
Food Budget: Approximately S$500-S$1200

1st week

No eggs, no pig liver and no cold plain water

Breast feeding only

No eggs, no pig liver, no cold plain water, no ginger, no sesame oil and no wine (Dom) for the first two weeks.

Papaya or paw-paw is recommended as it is considered a neutral fruit and good for the quality of mother’s milk.

‘Breast-Milk Soup’ - Some recommended that several big slices of de-boned ‘Ngoh-he’ or thread-fin fish be double-boiled with papaya, smashed pepper-corns and ginger to encourage breast milk. The soup must be boiled till all the ingredients are milky and taken hot. It is said to increase the amount of colostrum which is very good for protecting the baby with anti-bodies.

Drinking water

Boiled ginger water with black sugar, red dates and dried longans for the first day or two. Don't drink too much plain water during the confinement period. For breast feeding, put less ginger.

Alternatively, the breast-feeding mother can also have boiled red-date with longans on one day and boiled black-dates with longans on another, until the end of the confinement period which is normally six weeks. Ginger can be omitted completely just in case poor mummy get sore and ‘heaty’ from all that ginger from the food and drinks.

Lean Meat:

Used only lean meat. It can either be sliced or minced. If mince meat is required, minced it at home and not at the butcher's stall.

If buying fresh chicken, refrain from buying male chicken. For the first week, use black chicken thereafter, you may choose to use normal chicken.

MENU

Day01

Flour vermicelli soup cooked with minced lean meat and pig kidney with ginger and sesame oil.

For lunch with plain rice or fried rice for dinner.

Double-boil Black Chicken Soup

Day02

Minced lean meat or sliced, fried with ginger & sesame oil.

Boil pig stomach with pepper, red dates (about 4 or 5) & ginger

Day03

Pig kidney fried with sliced or minced lean meat ginger, sesame oil and "hei mu er", 'Por-chye' or 'Pui-Leng' fried with garlic, ginger & sesame oil.

Steam Whole Thread-Fin or ‘Ngoh-He’ Soup

Day04

Fry minced meat, garlic, shredded "hei mu er", ginger & sesame oil and ginger wine.

Boil pig stomach with pepper, red dates (about 4 or 5) & ginger.

Day05

Fish ('Ngoh-he'), fried or steam with ginger & sesame oil.

STIR FRY Chicken AS SOUP

Day06

Lean meat or meat balls, fried with ginger & sesame oil.

Double-boil Chicken Soup

Day07

Fried rice with lean meat, potatoes cube, green pea, garlic, ginger & sesame oil. 'Chye-sim' fried with lean meat, garlic, ginger & sesame oil.

Double-boil Chicken Soup

Day08

Pig kidney fried with lean meat, ginger and sesame oil.

"He-Lan-Dao" or honey pea fried with lean meat, garlic, ginger and sesame oil.

Day09

Boil pig stomach with pepper, red dates (about 4 or 5) & ginger.

'Por-chye'or 'Pui-Leng' fried with garlic, ginger & sesame oil.

Day10

Fish ('Ngoh-he'), fried or steam with ginger & sesame oil.

Potatoes, sliced and fried with lean meat, mushroom, ginger & sesame oil.

Can take hard boiled or half boiled egg every morning but only if wound recovers.

Day11

Lean meat or meat balls, fried with ginger & sesame oil.

Broccoli (steam to soften), fried with minced meat, garlic, ginger & sesame oil.

Day12

'Kah-Nah Chye' fried with n-minced meat, mushroom, ginger & sesame oil

** Ginger in smaller quantity, if still breast feeding.

STEAM FISH WITH MINCED PORK

Day13

Pig kidney fried with lean meat, ginger & sesame oil.

Cauliflower fried with lean meat, garlic, ginger & sesame oil.

DEEP FRIED CHICKEN

Day14

Black chicken fried with garlic, ginger & sesame oil.

'Por-chye'or 'Pui-Leng' fried with garlic, ginger & sesame oil,

Day15

Fish ('Ngoh-he' or 'Bai-cang') soup - can add 'Bee-hoon'.

'Heng-chye' or Spinach, fried with lean meat, garlic, ginger & sesame oil.

**From this day onwards, Can drink Dom or Yomeishu, about 114 cup before bed time. Can bathe every alternate day with Chinese herbs.

Day16

Lean meat or meat balls, fried with ginger & sesame oil.

French bean fried with lean meat, garlic, ginger & sesame oil.

** Can drink Dom or Yomeishu, about 1/4 cup afternoon or before bed time.

Day17

Pig liver fried with lean meat, ginger & sesame oil.

Broccoli fried with minced meat, garlic, mushroom, ginger & sesame oil.

Day18

Normal or Black chicken fried with garlic, mushroom, ginger & sesame oil.

'He-Lan-Dao' or honey pea or green pea, fried with lean meat, garlic, ginger & sesame oil.

Day19

Boil pig stomach with pepper, red dates (about 4 or 5) & ginger.

'Kah-Nah Chye' fried with minced meat, mushroom, ginger & sesame oil.

** Ginger water, warm - for drinking. Try to take less plain water.

Day20

Fish (Ngoh-he' or Bai-cang'), fried or steam with ginger & sesame oil.

Celery & carrot fried with lean meat garlic, ginger & sesame oil.

** Drink Dom or Yomeishu, about 1/4 cup afternoon and before bed-time.

Day21

Pig kidney fried with lean meat, ginger & sesame oil.

Cauliflower fried with lean meat, garlic, ginger & sesame oil.

** Remember to take 1/2 boiled egg every morning.

Day22

Black chicken, double boiled in wine for three hours. (Use Martell of Hennessey.)

'Por-chye' fried with lean meat, onion, garlic, ginger & sesame oil.

Day23

Fried rice with lean meat, egg, carrot, green pea, garlic, ginger & sesame oil.

'Chye-sim' fried with lean meat, mushroom, garlic, ginger & sesame oil.

Day24

Lean meat or meat balls, fried with ginger & sesame oil.

'Heng-chye' or Spinach, fried with lean meat, garlic, ginger & sesame oil.

** Drink Dom or Yomeishu, about 1/4 cup afternoon and before bed time.

Day25

Pig liver fried with lean meat, ginger & sesame oil.

Broccoli fried with "need meat, garlic, mushroom,, ginger & sesame oil.

Day26

Boil pig stomach with pepper, red dates (about 4 or 5) & ginger. Can add some chicken flesh.

French bean fried with carrot, lean meat, garlic, ginger & sesame oil.

Day27

Fish (Ngoh-he' or Bai-cang'), fried or stern with ginger & sesame Oil.

'Kah-Nah Chye' fried with minced meat, mushroom, ginger & sesame oil.

Day28

Normal or Black chicken fried with garlic, mushroom or button mushrooms, ginger & sesame oil.

Potatoes, sliced and fried with carrot, lean meat, mushroom, garlic, ginger & sesame oil.

Day29

Pig kidney fried with lean meat, ginger & sesame oil.

Long bean chop to small pieces, fried with egg.

Day30

Fried rice or 'Bee-hoon' & soup with pig liver, lean meat, egg & fish. Add sesame oil.

'Por-chye' fried with lean meat, garlic, ginger & sesame oil

** Continue to take tonic food till the 40th days.