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Sharing Post-natal Confinement story

What would you do during post-natal? Confinement is road to recovery, getting your figure back, your health and wish that everything speeds up so that you can get your life back. Love to share my side of story. The Malays way of confinement.

1st Confinement : Rice, rice, rice with lots of ikan haruan cooked steam or grilled with spices. Ayam Kampung (chicken) & a bit of meat was allowed after 30 days. The only vegetable eaten was sawi. Fruits : Just grapes. Beverage : Hot Milo & Hot Coffee & very little plain water.

2nd Confinement : More figure-conscious for this round, breakfast & teatime must take either cornflakes with hot milk or low-salt Jacobs biscuit or Quacker Oat. Very little rice & varieties of side dishes. Ayam kampung (chicken) & several types of fishes (no more haruan but others) cooked steam, pindang, curry, grilled or black-pepper style. More fruits includes grapes, red apples, Sunkist oranges, dates & raisins. Vegetable just sawi. Beverage : Hot Milo & Hot Coffee & Hot Oat Milk.

Medicine & Supplement
I could not take any herbs-related supplement even from the Amway, I only take it after the confinement and I cut down the intake. Reason being, I will have a headache everytime I consume any herbs or spices stuff & I’m nursing my baby exclusively. And I drank ‘Pati Ikan Haruan’ (Fish Essence) & Brands Inner Shine (Prune essence) a lot especially on the second confinement.

Both 1st & 2nd Confinement : Twice a day must ‘bertungku’ (hot long metal rod) after bathtime, proceeded with ‘bengkung(Confinement binder). Massage was done between 3rd to 5th day after birth day by Midwife (bidan) for 3 days in a row. I used Amway Tropical Herbs Confinement Set which I loved it very much! Got ‘Pilis ‘ to be rub across forehead to avoid headache, got herbs pack for douche for 1 week (I heart this one). The douche really speeds up the stitching wound & heal the vajayjay part very fast.My confinement binder also from Amway & complete with the herbs concoction to be put around tummy & upper butt. Once finished the dreaded ’44 days of pantang’, I had another massage. They called this ‘penutup’ (closure) done again by the same midwife (bidan). But for the 2nd time, I did extras. I went for Post-Natal treatment by Serenity Spa (Leesa Formula) consists of Herbal douche, sauna, massage & flower bath.

No tvs
No reading
No sweeping, moping or any other cleaning-related tasks
No washing even washing dishes is disallowed
No squatting
No folding legs
No bending down
No freestyle sleeping, must sleep straight
No hair down, must tied tight on the top of the head
No going out & must wear socks all the time
No fan (but I reluctant to skip on this one)

This is so far I could remembered. What about you? Care to share your confinement experience?

Hanz’s : I’ve seen & witness nowadays many modern moms are more lenient on their confinement. I remembered a friend of mine drink Coke right after giving birth! As for myself, I refused to wear the kain batik & worn only the long pants all the time yet I received nasty remarks about this from the elders. I considered myself ‘kuat pantang’ compared with others as even months after confinement, only I dare to take icy drinks & prohibited myself from eating ‘laksa’ for a year. Don’t know why about the laksa thingy but I respected what being told to me.

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June 29, 2010 - Posted by | Hanz's Tips, Lifestyle on Beauty and Feminity


  1. Thanks for sharing hanz, bab pantang mkn memang i follow, cuma bertungku & berbengkung tu ada gak skip (^_^). ADa gak dengar pasal elakkan makan laksa selepas pantang, kenapa yer? curious jugak.

    Comment by fiza | June 29, 2010 | Reply

  2. hi sis, ur rite. ramai dah modern tak terlalu berpantang. including me. but i stil respect and do what my mum and the elderly advice. mom is quite flexible, tapi must minum air kunyit and bertungku everyday. first son balik kampung, second girl i decided to stay wif hubby because i believe the first few days with the child, both parents kena handle together. not to put the burden on the grandma. alhamdulillah, hubby cooked me simple food before going to work, come home early as possible and cook dinner. that's the best moment when u get pampered by the hubby. i only take jamu after confinement, sbb if i take earlier both kids kena jaundies. i also take pati ikan haruan, inner shine pure same like u. cume second child i add sarang burung polleney. tastty and does give me energy.!

    Comment by fathinz md nor | June 29, 2010 | Reply

  3. yup.ayu pun skip mkn amway punyer supplimentcannot gi..zahraa' mlm takleh tido.pns!!kipas mmg skip..pakai jer..sbb meru pns…hari ke 14 dah berjln sana sini sbb demam kuatasyik gi spital amik darah jerluka ceasar pun ari ke 7 dah baik.sbb ari2 mkn ikan haruan fresh.pakcik mancing depan umah!! layanbuku?manjang jer baca..-saya jenis tak mkn saman.tegur yg itu,buat yg ini.dah sebulan,siap cooking,memask n ninak diet takleh sbb zahraa'klu jaga mkn..siaplah susu takde!!

    Comment by Sidratul Muntaha | June 29, 2010 | Reply

  4. thanks for sharing..memang tengah cari tips2 pantang ni..

    Comment by deena awanis | June 29, 2010 | Reply

  5. thx hanz for sharing second confinement will be modernized with supplements instead of jamu, bengkung modern instead of bengkung tali amway, lots of oranges and hopefully can get ikan haruan supply as i dont think it is the musim now in my area.

    Comment by Rozy | June 29, 2010 | Reply

  6. hi…this is a really nice post…we got lots of common advice from our mothers…but mine included drinking air sepang (which tasted like tea without sugar, quite nice actually) and my most favourite part is bathing with all the different types of leaves…i also compiled a post on how to wear bengkung, so feel free to check it out and offer advice if my method is wrong/different from yours.

    Comment by pHatMuMMy | June 29, 2010 | Reply

  7. Fiza : Ikut kata MIL, laksa sejuk, nanti boleh cramp..itu yang tak berani tu..Fathinz : Sarang, sedap yer, tak pernah makan…Ayu : MIL & my mom kater, takut rabun, membaca & merenung tv..ikutkan ajer…Deena : Nanti shared yours.. :)Rozy : Nanti share pasal bengkung moden tu ya..teringin nak tahu..PhatMummy : Will do, nanti i terjah yours..thanks! šŸ™‚

    Comment by Hanz | June 29, 2010 | Reply

  8. Nini lak, mil akan masak kan makanan pagi-pagi lagi sebelum dia pegi keje. Pantang sendiri-sendiri kan.. šŸ˜› Tapi makan sedap-sedap.. semuanya panggang, masak lada hitam dsb. Cuma memang xder la sup-sup ni. Sayur, celery, lobak putih masak sekali dengan ikan. minum air ibu kunyit masa awal-awal.. sangatla tak sedap.. "P

    Comment by ummikhayra | June 29, 2010 | Reply

  9. ouch, i can live without tv or net but no reading as well??!with my 1st, pantang kat kg tokcik in taiping, mmg no tv no internet, but at least i have tons of books!hihi šŸ™‚

    Comment by Syigim | June 29, 2010 | Reply

  10. I think they want us to wear kain batik so that kita jalan bersopan, langkah kene kecik2, I also believe in traditonal way in confinement,the 1st and 2nd children I took amway and third one Nona Roguy.Amway, suka semua dalam tablet and also love the douche and baby massage oil.Nona Roguy, I love minyak herbanika, 2 in 1 untuk perut n kepala dan takde sembelit.Untuk mandi semua daun ada tetapi best la..

    Comment by nadnye | June 29, 2010 | Reply

  11. Nini : Me refuse minum air ibu kunyit sebab takut jaundice…heheh..relevan ker?Syigim : Oh..memang tak best biler aktiviti yang kita suka takleh nak buat! :<Nad : Ya, Amway sumer lengkap right, mandian herbal & the douche..Me ni bukan jenis pakai kain batik lah Nad..bile lepas give birth me jalan agak laju, terus kena tegur ngan MIL, pastu jalan lebih slow dari pengantin..heheh..

    Comment by Hanz | June 29, 2010 | Reply

  12. Hanzapabila bacai mmg tak pantang la maknanya hahahahaadoiii

    Comment by Fid | June 29, 2010 | Reply

  13. šŸ™‚ thanks for sharing hanz..yg comment pun best2.aah, samaa la farah pun ikut jer apa org nasihat..2nd with Aqilah, pantang di Ipoh, tapi 2nd week baru blk sbb Aqilah admitted kena jaundice agak kritikal. nak naik keta kan, malas laa nak pakai kain/skirt sbb nanti tersenseng2, dgn nak handle 1budak + 1 baby kan.. pakai seluar. sampai rumah mil, mil xkata apa, visitors laa yg tegur.. so lepas tu tukarlaa pakai kain/skirt panjang.. sampailaa habis pantang.part tv tu my mom n mil, tak kata apa plak.. internet pun ok. farah pun layan jer la..

    Comment by Farah . 5577 | June 29, 2010 | Reply

  14. Fid : Iyakah? Maybe u ikut cara doktor2 kut? Kalu doktor2 sumer boleh makan…Farah : Untunglah u still boleh tengok tv…me ni adoi, merana tau…kadang2 tertengok jer..tapi curik2 pastu buat muka selamber..then ader ler dengar bebelan…hehehehe…

    Comment by Hanz | June 30, 2010 | Reply

  15. kak hanz, sama lah. duk online shopping mak bebel nanti dah tua sakit mata baru tau..sarang burung tuh sedap. i habis 4 box of them during confinement. 6 in each box. brand polleney yang murah yet sedap rm14. lain mahal.

    Comment by fathinz md nor | June 30, 2010 | Reply

  16. Hanz, u had such a strict confinement! I was having air con, fan on coz no elderly was around and so I was the queen (hehe!)

    Comment by chinnee | July 14, 2010 | Reply

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