The age old Chinese postnatal confinement tradition (坐月子) dates back to more than 2000 years ago, but this is still widely practised today across China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore and other cities with a sizeable Chinese population.
Nowadays, this tradition is considered as a luxury lifestyle choice for many modern mums. Traditionally, the Chinese postnatal confinement tradition had a lot of taboos and can be restrictive, but this has evolved with the times. Where it was previously taboo to wash your hair until the confinement period is over, this is now considered acceptable as long as clean warm water is used and the hair is blow-dried soon after.
Today, the postnatal confinement practice is more practical while incorporating key elements such as the consumption of certain foods, keeping warm and staying indoors for faster recovery. Signing up to a tailored postnatal confinement meal package is now a lifestyle choice for modern families, who see this as a good alternative to maintaining the culture and tradition without the hassle of long hours in the kitchen. This also allows the mum more bonding time with her new baby, while allowing others to care for her wellbeing.
HealthyMummies which is based in London now offers a premium Chinese postnatal confinement meal delivery service, catering for new mums within the M25. This is a long-awaited service that has finally been brought here to the UK, in light of the increasing number of Chinese in the UK and the notedly increasing demand for such services. What is great with their concept is that they have retained the classic recipes served during this recovery period such as the pork knuckle stew in sweet vinegar (猪脚酱醋) and sesame oil chicken (麻油鸡), yet at the same time modernising some recipes to suit today’s taste.
The company’s aim is to offer a premium postnatal confinement food delivery service for new mums as well as their families. They believe in providing a service that will bring the families together through nutritious and good quality food, teas and soup tonics. Their packages are designed and tailored to each mum by the week, with the aim of restoring the body of much needed nutrients and to eliminate toxins after childbirth.
HealthyMummies is brought to life by its two partners, Macy and Jo who themselves were looking for a similar service in the UK but as they could not locate one, they decided to set the company up with the aim of providing a Chinese postnatal aftercare service and support network for Chinese mums in London.
Visit their website www.healthymummies.co.uk for more information on their meals and tea packages as well as delivery areas.