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Evonne asked:
Im told that one cannot take plain water during confinement otherwise the swelling of our tummy will not subside; we are only allowed to take red dates and longan drink. Is this true or myth?

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Karen_Pek answered:
The TCM perspective believes that a large amount of energy (Qi) and blood is lost during childbirth and women tend to be in a cold state post-partum. Hence, confinement is a critical period to restore the mother's health, balance and strength. Traditionally, dietary and lifestyle precautions are followed during this month-long period. One of the dietary precautions is that mothers should wholly replace plain water intake with longan with red drink. Longans and red dates are warming and sweet in nature. When brewed together into a drink, it aids in tonifying Qi and blood, warms the stomach, spleen and uterus and improves sleep. While Longan with red dates drink is considered beneficial for new mothers, there is absolutely no harm in taking plain water. In fact, new mothers need to constantly stay hydrated to ensure good kidney function and substantial supply of breast milk. However, it is generally recommended to consume warm water rather cold water.

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Ruth answered:
I think it is okay to drink some plain water during confinement. Some people advise not to drink plain water in the first 20 days after childbirth because they are afraid that drinking too much plain water can affect metabolism, and cause water retention, visceral ptosis, which may lead to rheumatism, neuralgia and other women's diseases in future. But the fact is that we need to stay hydrated with 8-10 glasses of fluids including drinking plain water. Being hydrated helps our body to produce breast milk. Many Chinese believe in drinking Longan and Red Date tea as it is warm in nature and helps in blood circulation and has a calming effect. So I guess it is okay to drink plain water in moderation.

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I have just delivered my baby and have been drinking lots of plain water in addition to the red date and longan drink. My waist has already shrunk down to around 25 inches after just a week of delivering my baby. My weight has also dropped by 6-7kg in the same period. Therefore, I feel that there is no basis of abstaining from plain water. In fact, drinking water helps to kerb water retention and it is crucial to drink enough fluids if you are breastfeeding.

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Vanesa answered:
That also depends on your body characteristics, if your body is strong and warm base (like you can't do without aircon at all times, after eating some fried stuffs or biscuits, you'll get sore throat,ulcer etc) you can drink plain water, that's what my friend did as she can't drink the red date & longan at all, cos' it make her too heated up during confinement, can't pass motion. After several years later, she's still look good, very tone body. So it's really a myth, it all depends on your lifestyle. But for my body, which I'm always afraid of cold, must wear jackets whenever in air-con room, then during this crucial period, is the best time to regain more heat by drinking some warm red dates/longan drink. If you don't really like the drink, you can always replace with Milo or Horlicks if you're breastfeeding. It works for me too.

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Winnie Yap answered:
It's a myth But the Chinese practice is still to drink red dates and Logan drinks. Reason being that it will keeps you warm and heaty so that you will not feel cold. To prevent my mother and mil from being unhappy, I only drink that during my confinement.

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Selena answered:
According to my mother and confinement lady, plain water is too 'cooling' for the body, will cause water retention too. The longan and red dates are 'heaty' to provide the warmth needed and helps in 'replenishing blood'. Most importantly, when I took the longan and red dates drink (even when it is cool, I sweat immediately. This helps to purge out the excess water and toxins from the body. By week 3, I can it into my pre-pregnancy clothes already. The drink is also nice and sweet, I still continue to make it now and then to drink.

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Maggie answered:
The part about tummy swelling I'm not too sure but my mum said during her confinement in the late 70s, she drank a lot of plain water instead of red dates drink & had quite severe water retention. Since red dates drink consists of water as well & taste better than plain water, why not?

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Belle answered:
I guess it is more of a myth in the modern scientific world now. However, personally I would rather play safe by not drinking any plain water if possible. Since red dates or longan drinks are good for health too, I don't see any harm drinking them often too. Just make sure no additional sugars are added to it to prevent unnecessary sugar intakes. But if really there is a crave for plain water or when you are too sick with the same old red dates drink, I guess a sip of plain water won't do any much side effect too. =)

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Lynette answered:
I swear by breastfeeding. It worked for me. I also did jamu wrap. I drank both red data/ longan tea & water. I was able to wear my Pre-pregnancy clothes when I returned to work. Thank goodness! Or else have to spend money on getting a new wardrobe of clothes!

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Lynette answered:
I swear by breastfeeding. It worked for me. I also did jama wrap. I drank both red data/ longan tea & water. I was able to wear my Pre-pregnancy clothes when I returned to work. Thank goodness! Or else have to spend money on getting a new wardrobe of clothes!

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Yen Chew answered:
You can but its better to drink red dates drink It helps to replenish the lost blood

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June answered:
My mum shared that she took plain water during confinement that's why her tummy is so big now. That freaks me out, so I was really obedient and didn't touch any plain water except longan dates drink and glad to say that my tummy has gone down within 4 months and I can fit into all my pre pregnancy clothes when I went back to work :)

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