More than giving birth to baby what intimidates the new moms are the confinement period rules, postpartum diet restrictions that are common in India.The diet plan is crucial since it has to help the new mums in recovery & at the same time it should aide breastfeeding too
பத்திய சமையல் is a special exclusive menu prepared for New Moms in our households for atleast first 12 weeks. From eating betel leaves (வெற்றிலை) to including garlic,ghee,jeera,ajwain and other medicinal ingredients there are so many rules to be followed in postpartum diet. I was eagerly waiting for all the pampering from my mom but unfortunately she couldnt come to London. Though My mom, mother in law gave lot of tips,suggestions in recipes & other things, I couldnt follow any of it due to practical reasons..Hehe even the first meal post delivery was Mac&Cheese with a salad & Chocolate cake😬😬. Thats what my hospital offered and after being in labour for almost 12 hours it was so divine to me.
For the first few days me and Shiva literally had no time to spend in kitchen..The little one would cry nonstop and I was recovering, there will be pile of baby clothes, diapers spread everywhere. Our house was a total mess..
Luckily my mom had couriered few essential dry powders (Curry Leaf Powder, Angaya Podi, Paruppu Podi, Health Kanji Mix, RawRice kanji mix) & post pregnancy lehiyam well in advance. While I survived with those powders most of the initial days, Shiva survived on readymade Grand Sweets thokku & frozen rotis..He also cooked a simple daal or rasam and a poriyal that kept me going during the initial 10 days. Once his paternity leave was over, I started cooking and made my very own version of simplified PostPartum diet ☺️☺️