During her nine months of pregnancy, a pregnant mother must abstain from certain foods and drinks that could cause harm to her baby. You may be trying to avoid certain foods but you are looking forward to the day you get to eat and drink as much as you like. You’ll need to be cautious about what foods you eat after giving birth. You should be aware that almost all foods you eat can be passed to your baby via breast milk. This could even hamper your recovery. Here are some foods to avoid, in addition to the important confinement foods.

  1. Caffeine Caffeinated drinks and snacks like tea, coffee, coca-cola, and chocolate can have adverse effects on your baby’s health. Caffeine can disrupt sleep and prevent you from recovering fully. Caffeine can also be found in breast milk. This can cause infant irritability. The baby’s digestive system is too weak to properly process caffeine.
  2. Alcohol Alcohol is used in Traditional Chinese Medicine and some confinement food to promote circulation and expel cold. It can warm the body but should not be consumed in excess. Breast milk can pass alcohol on to babies, leading to insomnia and an increased heartbeat. Alcohol consumption can cause problems in lactation for some mothers.
  3. Spicy Foods Hot and spicy foods can be addictive but may not be safe to breastfeed. Your baby may be able to tolerate spicy foods if you’ve been eating them regularly throughout pregnancy. It is best to avoid spicy foods while pregnant. Your baby may be uncomfortable if you continue breastfeeding. Recovering mothers may experience constipation, abdominal pain, and bloating. This can impact the health of their uterus. When you are still healing from vaginal tears, constipation and hard stool can be very distressing.
  4. Oily Foods & Foods with high salt content It’s common for mothers to have a weaker digestive system after giving birth, making them more susceptible to diarrhea and constipation. Junk food, oily foods, and processed foods with high salt levels are all hard to digest and can cause further irritation to your stomach and intestines. This is not good for you.
  5. Cold and Raw Foods Cold and raw foods as well as cooling foods like watermelon and pear, green beans, watercress, and others can introduce “wind” into your body. This can cause stomach upsets, and bloating, and prevent your body from releasing toxic fluids. These foods can slow down healing and should be avoided in your confinement diet.
  6. Seafood high in mercury Content Omega-3 fatty acids and high levels of protein in seafood are great options for mothers who have recently had to give birth. They help improve heart health, eye health, and brain function, and can even boost intelligence. Consuming seafood with high mercury levels can lead to gastric problems and other complications. It is best to avoid seafood high in mercury such as swordfish, barramundi, and fresh tuna. Consider eating salmon, prawns, and lobsters with lower mercury levels.
  7.  Citrus Food Citrus fruits like oranges, limes, and lemons can be dangerous in small quantities but they can cause discomfort and rashes in babies due to irritation of their digestive system. Confinement is an important time when you need to concentrate on healing while also learning how