Why confinement food catering is a lifesaver {Review of Tian Wei Signature}

Posted by ~Summer~ on April 16, 2021
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If I knew that there was such a thing called confinement food catering when I first gave birth in 2009, I would definitely have taken it up. However, that was a time when we were living in Sweden and with the culture being so vastly different over there, confinement was an unfamiliar concept. From what I saw, many mums were out and about with their newborns shortly after giving birth, which explains why I am also an active mum who doesn't like to stay indoor much.

In spite of that, I do believe that it is very important for us to control our diet and eat well during this period. Even though my first confinement was done overseas in the midst of winter, as much as I could, I stayed off snacks and cold stuff, ate nutritious food and maintained a healthy diet. I honestly feel that eating the right food would help to accelerate my postpartum recovery process and give me the strength I needed to care for the baby, which was important since I was usually on my own.

While I never had a confinement lady before -- it's the same as why we don't have a helper, I just prefer to do it on my own instead of asking others to look after my kids - I did have my mother-in-law come over to cook for me during my past confinements. This was something I deeply appreciated yet I also felt bad for making her go through the hassle. For instance, when we were in Sweden, she had to hunt high and low for the food ingredients, like red dates, old ginger and pig's liver, which were rare and hard to find in most cases, and with the need to cook every day, things could get tiring for her. 

Now that years have passed and age has caught up, I surprised our friends and family members by boldly having a fourth baby. Yup, and so the cycle begins all over again. Given that I am older and more experienced now, I decided I didn't want to trouble anyone - well, except for the hubby - to help for my confinement but instead settle everything on my own.

Thanks to Tian Wei Signature, all my meals were settled for the entire month which allowed me to focus on resting and caring for the baby, woohoo! This was so important for me as he was born prematurely and I wanted to make sure he was doing well and properly looked after. Having confinement meals delivered to my doorstep was a feeling that I loved, because it meant I didn't have to depend on others to cook for me yet I also did not have to slog in the kitchen at a time when I was supposed to be recuperating. I tried out their most extensive package, which is the 28-Day Double, including both Lunch and Dinner, and it was something that I truly enjoyed and looked forward to each day.

In this post, I'll share with you more on why I totally think that confinement food catering is a lifesaver, at least for me, and will showcase more of the dishes I've tried and which I loved best. I also have a giveaway ongoing on my IG so hop over if you wish to try out these yummy confinement meals too.


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INTRODUCTION

What is confinement? 

Confinement, which originates from Asian culture and beliefs, refers to a period for mothers to recuperate and recover from childbirth. It is said to be a important time where they should maintain a specific regime, including eating a nutritious diet, staying indoor and avoiding physical activities in order to regain health, restore strength and prevent future ailments. Depending on individual beliefs or preferences, a typical confinement can last between 28 to 40 days. 

What is confinement food?

Confinement food consists of meals which are specially prepared using nourishing ingredients for mothers to boost recovery and improve postpartum well-being. Traditional Chinese confinement food is infused with ‘heating’ ingredients such as ginger, sesame oil, black vinegar and Chinese herbs. This special diet is said to perform specific functions such as dispel “wind” from the body, improve blood circulation, stimulate "qi" and revitalise strength, as well as help in lactation by boosting milk supply.


About Tian Wei Signature

Tian Wei Signature was founded with an aim to create appetising meals for mums and provide the necessary ingredients to help boost their recovery during confinement. With over 16 years of experience under his belt, head chef Eugene is skilled and professional in whipping up healthy and tasty confinement meals. In the kitchen, the chefs observe a strict rule of using only the freshest and healthiest ingredients without the use of any MSG or artificial flavouring. What makes Tian Wei stand out is how it gives a modern twist to some of the traditional dishes by incorporating Mediterranean and Japanese flavours. The result is a fusion mix of diverse, unique dishes that make confinement more exciting without compromising on food quality and nutritional value.

REASONS WHY I LOVE TIAN WEI SIGNATURE

1) Convenient and fuss-free

Having my lunch and dinner delivered to my doorstep every afternoon and evening, well, it can't get more convenient than that, right? I guess that is why people love tingkat though I've not personally tried it before. I was very impressed by how my food was delivered in a thermal bag punctually every day! If I was out fetching the kids, it would be waiting for me on my shoe rack without fail.
 


For every meal, I would receive two thermal flasks, one filled with longan red date tea and the other with a soup or dessert. I was very surprised when I first opened them up because unlike what I expected, the tea and soup were still very hot when served, yippee! I was thankful to see that thermal flasks are used and the fact that they get washed and reused every time means we were not harming the evnvironment too. Apart from the reusable thermal bag and flasks, in its effort to be eco-friendly, Tian Wei Signature packs the food into biodegradable containers and also provides a set of stainless steel straws for every customer.
 

I usually pour the soup into a bowl, eat the food directly from the containers and drink the tea from the lid. That means other than washing the bowl, my cutlery and the flasks, there is nothing left to wash. Yup, that means not only do I skip all the cooking, the washing part is kept to a minimum too, which is good news since confinement mums are supposed to stay away from cold water.

2) Boosts recovery
 
When we first knew that I was pregnant, the hubby and I contemplated the thought of cooking our own confinement meals. After all, he is a very good chef and is always coming up with creative ways of cooking. The thing is, we realised we had no idea of how to go about cooking it or what ingredients to include and what to omit. We did know that you need a lot of ginger and dishes like pig trotters in black vinegar, sesame oil chicken and steamed fish are good but that's about all. We also didn't know what kind of herbs were beneficial or what functions each of them performs. While my mother-in-law is the most knowledgeable one, there are also things that she doesn't know, like how to cook 生化汤 and what ingredients it includes.
 
That is why it is good to leave it to the experts! With so many years of experience, the culinary chefs at Tian Wei Signature know way better than us about what is good for postpartum recovery and how best to nourish confinement mums. The meals are prepared according to Traditional Chinese Medicine methods and beliefs, which include using ginger, black fungus and herbs which are designed to boost "qi" and aid in recovery. Did you know? Tian Wei offers 28 different types of herbal soup, including Ginseng Nourishing Soup, Dispel Blood Herbal Tonic Soup and Polygonum Multiflorum Black Chicken Soup, which not only help to strengthen the body, nourish blood and replenish energy but also build up immunity and increase breast milk too.
 

On my second and third day, I received a bowl of 生化汤 which is a classic Chinese herbal decoction that relieves the pain of uterine contractions and stimulate blood flow which helps in the discharge of lochia - the postpartum bleeding that includes blood, mucus, and uterine tissue. I have to say not all of the herbal soups are easy to drink as some of them are really strong in taste and smell. That said, I can hereby tell you I drank every bowl to the last drop because all I needed was to tell myself "This is for my own good!" and it would motivate me to finish all.

3) Tasty, nutritious and well-balanced
 
The meals usually come with a staple, a meat dish, a vegetable dish, a soup and longan red date tea. Yup, that means other than fruit, I have everything I ask for in a well-balanced, wholesome meal. As mentioned, Tian Wei Signature uses all 100% natural flavourings with no MSG. That is why I allowed my kids, who were always requesting if they could try this and nibble that when my delivery came, to share the food with me too. 
 
If you wish to know how the taste of the food, you might be surprised to know that even my kids love it, especially the meat and soup dishes like Marmite Marinated Pork Chop, Baked Fillet Fish, Lotus Roots and Red Date Chicken Soup and Corn Millet Soup. Angel gave her thumbs up for all the broccoli dishes and she was the only one of the three who was not only able to take the strong herbal soups but loved all of them too. As for me, I think it is fair to say that I preferred some dishes over others and not all of them appealed to me. However, overall, I do think these were hearty meals which I enjoyed and they tasted better than I expected too.
 
4) Wide variety and minimal repetition
 
With 16 staples, 17 desserts, 42 vegetable dishes, 44 soups and 49 meat dishes lined up in its menu, Tian Wei Signature provides a wide variety of food with minimal repetition, meaning you get to eat something different almost every day! That is what keeps things exciting and makes confinement so much more interesting, don't you agree?
 
I remember I was pleasantly surprised when I opened up the box and found spaghetti - something that I never got to enjoy during my past few confinements. I totally embrace and applaud how Tian Wei tries to come up with unique dishes and infuses Japanese and Mediterranean styles into their way of cooking. If you are more of the traditional type and prefer to opt out of the fusion food, you can always let the them know in advance so they can make the necessary arrangement.
 
I would personally advise you to try it out though because the fusion food was what brightened up my day and made me temporarily forget that I was on confinement, haha. In fact, I looked forward to mealtimes so much and they were always one of the highlights of my day. 
 


5) Excellent service
 
I called Tian Wei to activate my package only to get informed shortly that I had to stay back in the hospital as the baby had to undergo phototherapy. So I rang Tian Wei back to ask them to delay it for a day and they did. Yup, the good thing is as long as you call them in time, usually by 3pm, you can make changes for the next day. For instance, you can skip a meal or two if you are out or change your meal preference if needed. 
 
What surprised me most was that a staff called me back within a short while and said "Hi, we understand that your baby is having jaundice. In this case, should we leave out the ginger and reduce the herbs used in your meals?" Wow. That was not just efficient but very thoughtful too, and I truly appreciated that gesture. The staff would also ring me up to inform me whenever the food was ready for collection outside my door and asked me for feedback from time to time too. 
 

As for the delivery personnel, they usually wore a big smile on their faces and would greet me and my kids too. A friendly uncle was even worried if Asher could carry the whole bag into the house and watched him just to make sure he did it safely before giving him the thumbs up and saying he was a good boy.


MY FAVOURITE DISHES

There were many dishes that I enjoyed and most of the taste and quality was better than I expected. If I had to pick a list of which dishes I enjoyed the most, this would be it. Take a look at what I've picked out and if you get a chance to try them out, see if you like them too!

Staple

Spaghetti Pomodoro And Caponata

Stir Fried Pork Liver with Beehoon and Kailan

Meat

Fortune Herbal Chicken

Tian Wei Signature COQ Au Win

Sweet and Sour Salmon 

Vegetable

Stir Fried Shanghai Green with Conpoy

Silky Egg With Amaranth in Superior Broth

Soup

Fenugreek Green Papaya Fish Soup 

Dessert

Sweet Potato Longan Ginger Soup 

They say a picture speaks a thousand words, right? So instead of merely telling you what dishes I like, I made an extra effort to take more pictures than required so that I could create a mini photo gallery here to show you. These were some of the meals that stood out to me and I enjoyed all of them. Oh, there is also a video below too which is my best effort to showcase the food and share them with you. As for the smell and taste, you just have to try it for yourself next time!


PACKAGE LIST

Here is the list of the different packages offered by Tian Wei Signature. You can book a trial meal before deciding if you want to take it up for a longer period of time, for instance 7 Days with both lunch and dinner, or 14, 20, 21 or 28 days with an option of taking either Single or Double. My recommendation is to go for the 28-Days Double because it is the most value for money and since it covers the whole of your confinement month upon discharge, assuming that you spend the first two days in hospital, you will have all your meals settled and that takes a huge load off your mind. Don't forget to book in advance to enjoy the Early Bird Discount.


MENU

I didn't realise this previously but you can visit Tian Wei Signature's website to find out the daily menu, which clearly indicates all the dishes you will get to enjoy for every lunch and dinner. The thing is, it didn't really matter to me as I love the element of surprise in not knowing what was in store for me each day. However, if you prefer to know what you will be getting, go HERE and enter your estimated date of delivery to see the full menu (the weeks are shown on the left, so click on each of them to see the details). If you don't like any of the dishes or have any dietary preferences, just give them a ring and they will make the necessary changes for you too.

CONCLUSION

Many people thought that I would be extremely busy and overwhelmed during this confinement since I had a newborn and three other kids to take care of - not to mention that my firstborn is in her PSLE year. While that is true to a certain extent, I also felt that I was well-rested and at ease this time round. It might have come from years of experience or an ability to close one eye as a fourth time mum, but I also give much of the credit to Tian Wei Signature for it allowed me to eat nutritiously and aided in my recovery process too. Knowing that I didn't have to worry about meals made me feel more relaxed and I felt assured that I was in good hands.


While I might not get to experience confinement again (four is enough, thank you very much), I am thankful for how mine went this time round. I would definitely recommend expectant mums to take up confinement food catering service too, especially those who would like to care for their baby on their own instead of engaging help. I truly hope you will enjoy your confinement as much as I did!


P.S. This confinement meal above was my last one, which explains why the drink and soup were in plastic cups instead of thermal flasks. I actually felt a little emotional halfway through the meal because while I was glad that my confinement was ending, I also realised I might miss it when I look back in future, especially the food. Awwww. Thank you, Tian Wei Signature, for making my confinement journey a smooth and happy one!
 
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Here's a video for you to take a closer look at some of the dishes I tried. Enjoy watching!

Tian Wei Signature
81 Tagore Lane, TAG A, #01-11
Singapore 787502
Phone: +65 6727 5599
Email: sales@tianweisignature.com
 
Disclosure: This is a sponsored collaboration between A Happy Mum and Tian Wei Signature. All opinions are solely my own.


Thirty Eight

Posted by ~Summer~ on April 12, 2021
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This year has been a year of change for me in more ways than one.

Well, although the pandemic has had an impact on all of us in the past year, forcing us to stay home, be unable to travel and made changes to our lifestyle, I think I am still dealing well with staying home and I am truly thankful that we are well-protected and well looked-after in our island.

The BIGGEST change of all, for me, has to be having the new addition to the family and how I have been promoted to a mum of 4 just before I turn 38.

Did I expect to give birth at this age when I was younger? Well, I don't think I did but then again, much of my life is not planned, like how I didn't expect myself to become a stay-at-home mum and has remained so for the past 12 years. Oh, and I will probably still be one for at least the next 12 years to come. Then I would be 50 already which means I will be unlikely to find work at that age with near zilch experience in the workforce. Haha. Still, no regrets. Never. Not even a tinge.
 
Being able to stay home with these four kiddos is still the best thing that has happened to me, even if they make me pull my hair or drive me up the wall every now and then. Haha. Really, I am not contradicting myself, I still love my 'job' to bits and I know I am super lucky and blessed to be where I am today.




Anyway, maybe age has caught up, my perception has changed or the pandemic has shifted the way things work. I wasn't planning on or looking forward to a grand celebration and didn't make plans to go for birthday meals with friends too. All I wanted to do was keep it simple and be with my loved ones.

Now that we are a big family of six, it means we can't dine outside with all of our parents because that would make 10 of us which will be against the rule of having a maximum of eight. So we had a simple celebration with my parents who treated us to a nice zi char dinner at the kopitiam.


When they asked if wanted a cake, I wasn't shy to be honest and said "Yes!" and the hubby went to a nearby cake shop to get a cheap chocolate sponge cake which turned out to be really yummy. It wasn't so much about being childish but more of wanting to let the kids blow out the candles and for myself to make a birthday wish, in the hope that it would come true. After all, birthdays only happen once a year, right?

According to the hubby, the cake shop auntie was only willing to give one candle despite him asking for more and it was probably because the cake was cheap. Anyway, he spent three dollars more to get a packet of candles that spelt "HAPPY BIRTHDAY" and decided to line them up all around the cake before lighting all of them.

With so many candles on a relatively small cake, I was quite sure this was the cake with the biggest flames we've had so far and even the side of the cake started to burn when we were halfway through the song. Haha, how memorable!




Some of my jiemeis came over to visit baby Ansel a couple of days before my birthday but they decided to spring a surprise by bringing a yummy Cedele chocolate cake! It's been a while since I celebrated my birthday with them so I was really thankful and glad it happened. It's also nice knowing that some of us gave birth at around the same time (Hello baby Jasper, you are an April baby too!) so we have lots of common topics to talk about when it comes to motherhood and parenting.

Our friendship journey began since we were in Secondary 1 so that means we have stayed as buddies for, erm, over 25 years? Haha. Hope we can always find time to meet up, no matter how busy life gets!

As for my actual day, it didn't start off on a happy note for some personal reasons which I won't elaborate here but I was still looking forward to spending a good time with the kids when they came back from school. Yup, it was going to be a solo parenting day, something which I've gotten used to, but I guess I still felt special in a way knowing that it was my hatch day.

I wanna give thanks to all the friends who were so kind as to send goodies and gifts over, including coconut jellies and a fruit tart from Angeline and David, frozen yoghurt from Serene, Ting and Estella, flowers and cookies from Sisi and Willie, as well as a beautiful balloon with rainbow baby breath from Nat, Mabel and Lin Ying.

The kids also made me feel extra loved by giving me their handmade cards in the cutest way ever - they put all of them into a picnic basket and presented it to me (scroll to my IG post below and swipe to watch the video).

My love language has never been gifts and I never needed the hubby or anyone to pamper me with anything lavish. But a handmade card filled with effort and love, I appreciate that from the bottom of my heart and will keep every card with me for as long as I live. So thank you so much for all the beautifully written cards and pretty origami, my dears. Love you all to the moon and back!

At night, I decided to be more adventurous so I brought the younger ones to cycle in our neighbourhood while the firstborn and I pushed the baby along and had a nice mother-and-daughter chat. I had a bowl of laksa (I love laksa!) to reward myself while the kids had pasta and burger, woohoo!

I have to say I'm slowly but surely getting used to bringing four kids out on my own and we've also managed to take the public transport a few times too. Yay! It's all about practice makes perfect and the first thing to do is to believe in myself that I can do it, right? So I gotta have faith and be positive about it, even if some days are tougher than the rest.

No matter how social media makes everything seem so easy and smooth for me or for anyone else, we have to always remember that what is portrayed is merely a small glimpse of our lives, and the story behind everything is usually far longer, harder and more complicated. Yup, I hope you will always remember that too. 

Nothing comes without struggles and the smiles are usually accompanied by some tears along the way too. It's the same for me in raising my kids, in keeping my marriage going, in being my happy positive self - there are always the good and bad days. It's about how we overcome the bad by picking ourselves up and how we make the good even better by embracing, cherishing and making the most of every moment.

We were reunited as a family over the weekend and the hubby made up for it by treating us to a nice dinner at Hawkerman in Seletar Mall followed by a family movie night, woohoo! It was Ansel's first visit to the cinema which made it extra memorable for all of us. He was such a gem to sleep after drinking his milk so I could still watch the movie and enjoy most of it.

We watched Godzilla vs Kong and it was better than we expected because we thought Kong made everything more engaging and exciting. Perhaps it didn't matter what show we chose too; all we needed was the company of each other and knowing that we were together as a family.

So I guess it wasn't so bad to celebrate my birthday in Phase 3 in the company of just a few loved ones, the ones who truly matter to me. It was a day that made me ponder over my 38 years of life which, like everyone's else, has been filled with ups and down. But my conclusion is I am thankful for everything that has led up to this day, I am where I wanna be at this very moment, and I am truly blessed to be a happy mum. 是的,我是幸福的!


P.S. Till my next birthday where my baby will be one year old! Woohoo! Exciting times ahead! Thanks for reading and to everyone who sent over birthday wishes one way or another, I appreciate everything and every one of you. Stay happy always, people!


Every mum deserves it {Review of Postnatal Massage Singapore}

Posted by ~Summer~ on March 31, 2021
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Some of my friends were surprised by the fact that despite having given birth a few times, I have not done any form of prenatal and postnatal massage. Until now. Many of them have given their positive feedback on how it helps to dispel wind, aids in womb recovery and tones the body back into shape.

I would say that it was mostly due to the fact that I first became a mum in Europe which made me see it more of a luxury than a necessity. However, now that age has caught up with me and I am also deeming this fourth childbirth as my last one, I figured out it was the right time to pamper myself while boosting my recovery process so I can better take care of four kids and a home.

Thanks to Postnatal Massage Singapore (PNSG), this time round, I managed to complete one session of prenatal massage (and I gave birth 4 days after!) as well as seven sessions of postnatal massage, yay! There were people asking me how I managed to do it since I am the sole caretaker of my kids and the answer is:

1) I did the prenatal massage when the kids were in school and I was alone.

2) I did the first postnatal massage when the hubby was on leave so that he could help with the baby who was one-week old as well as take some photos for me.

3) For the remaining sessions, half were done when the older kids were in school and I timed it such that it coincided with the baby's nap time, making sure he was changed and fed before my therapist arrived. The other half were done in the afternoon due to lack of morning slots and all the kids were home (gasp!). I had instructed them not to disturb us, which is actually quite an impossible task, but we managed to complete the sessions with all eyes on us even though I had to nag at the kids (eat lunch, go do your homework, go bathe etc) every now and then.

So yes, I do think it is possible to carry out massage sessions even if you do not have an extra pair of hands at home. It might be tougher but not impossible, in my humble opinion. In this post, I will share more about my experience with you so that you can have a better idea of what goes on and I will showcase the results at the end of the post too, so read on!


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First and foremost, why should any mum do prenatal or postnatal massage? That was the first question on my mind too so I checked with PNSG and these are the benefits stated on their website.

Prenatal Massage

1) Relieve soreness and leg cramps

2) Reduces lower hip and back pain

3) Improve blood circulation and reduce swelling

4) Promotes relaxation and reduces stress

Postnatal Massage

1) Tones your body and helps to get back to pre-pregnancy shape

2) Promotes better sleep

3) Improves lactation

4) Reduces post surgery swelling

5) Improves womb recovery

Is this true and was I able to experience these benefits at the end of my journey? I'll let you know below.

THE SETUP

I was happy to learn that PNSG is able to provide a foldable massage bed at a small top-up fee. This is because since my boys co-sleep with me, I didn't want to do it on our bed and would prefer to have a separate one which could be set up in the living area instead. Before my first massage session, a delivery guy sent over the massage bed, which is a little heavy but compact when folded, and it was kept at my home till I completed all the sessions before they collected it back.


The foldable bed feels sturdy and comes with strong leg support and an adjustable headrest. In fact, it looks every bit like the kind I see in spas, not that I've been to many. Even when I was heavily pregnant at 34 weeks, I still felt comfortable lying on the bed and was able to turn over to face up or down with ease.

It took only a few minutes for my therapist to set it up and she made sure to wipe it clean before and after every use too. For hygiene purposes, she would also put a disposable sheet over it followed by a big towel. Oh, for every session, you are to provide two large towels and two small towels which would be used to wrap around yourself or cover parts of your body.


I would definitely recommend using the portable bed so that you can do the massage anywhere in the house and not worry about having any lingering scent in your bedroom. I would also advise that you turn off the fans during the massage and instead switch on the air conditioner without it being too cold, around 23-24°C worked best for me.


THE EXPERIENCE

Prenatal

For the prenatal massage, it was mainly to allow me to relax while reducing any soreness, cramps or pain that I had. I think my pain was more apparent in the back area and it did feel much better after the session. What felt even better was having all my tight knots, especially in the shoulder and neck area, loosen as my therapist slowly helped to release any tension that I had.


Personally, I prefer having my massage done with force and strength, kind of like Shiatsu massage which applies deep pressure. However, I totally understood why this was not possible for the prenatal one since I had a little one growing inside of me! So, I appreciated the fact that my therapist went easy on me and was gentle from start to finish.

I also liked the part where she did a head massage for me because I admit there must be a million things on my mind every day and it was nice to just lay down and relax a little for that one hour, without having to think about all my worries and fears.

Postnatal

As for the postnatal massage, unlike the prenatal one, this could be done with more force, especially on the back, thighs and abdomen, which was why I loved it. The aim is also more of helping the body to recover, toning the body back into shape, reducing water retention swelling and aiding the womb to contract and heal.


At that point, which was less than two weeks after delivery, I was facing stress because of how the baby had severe jaundice and had to go for phototherapy, increasing his risk of dehydration which meant I had to pump out more breast milk. Since he had a poor latch, I was having a case of sore and cracked nipples and my supply had not been properly established. So when my therapist asked if I wanted to massage my breasts, my first question was "Will it help in lactation?". Her answer was "Yes" and I went for it without any hesitation. Her techniques were good and she was able to help me clear some of the blocked ducts, something which I appreciated. She was also encouraging which made me more confident to carry on in this breastfeeding journey.


After every session, I did realise that my discharge of lochia increased significantly and that my womb was contracting. I believe that the massage helped to improve blood circulation and also aided the uterus to cleanses itself by dispelling the unwanted blood, mucus and uterine tissue.

One of the best things I liked about the massage was that I had my own customised binder! I have always believed in binding since my first pregnancy and I think it is one of the most effective ways to slim down and get our body back into shape. It also helps to improve our body posture too which might in turn reduce the aches and pain. I wore the binder for at least eight hours after every massage session and even though it was tight, I didn't find it hard to breathe nor did it interfere with my breastfeeding. I would definitely recommend to continue wearing the binder for an extended period of time each day for weeks and even months ahead if you are determined to have a flat looking tummy.


One thing to note, unlike the traditional Jamu massage that uses a mixture of spices and dehydrated mud in the wrapping, this modern one uses an essential oil called Tapel. Not only does it smell nice without being too overpowering, it doesn't create a mess and I loved that it is so easy to clean myself up after.

THE SERVICE

My prenatal massage therapist is called Lynn and I really liked her because of how friendly, approachable, helpful and professional she is. She was nice to talk to from start to end, she regularly checked to make sure I was feeling okay with the amount of strength she was exerting, and she was also very patient and understanding when I had to take some videos and photos. In fact, I requested for her to continue to be my therapist for the rest of the postnatal massage sessions. However, we were unable to match our schedules so I had to switch to another therapist instead.

Flora was the name of my second therapist and she did all my seven postnatal massage sessions. She was a delight to have and I appreciated how she was able to accommodate my last minute schedule changes due to the baby's jaundice. She also didn't mind having a bunch of rowdy kids in the house and was understanding wherever I needed to get up to calm the baby.

It was evident to see that she is a very skilled, down-to-earth, hardworking and experienced therapist, and I particularly liked how she was able to locate all my knots and worked her way to loosen them one by one. She is also extremely polite in the way she spoke to me and I liked that we were able to chat heartily. Her binding skills were fantastic and she made sure I was feeling comfortable every time before we ended the session.


During our last session, she also gave me some baby massage tips and I appreciated the gesture, even though my boy didn't seem too cooperative at that moment. I ended our final session somewhat reluctantly because I had enjoyed each and every massage session more than I thought I would. So if you ask me whether doing postnatal massage made me feel better and more relaxed? I would give a definite yes.

THE RESULTS

Now, for the moment of truth! Just so you know, I gained about 10.5kg for this pregnancy, which is actually less than the previous ones because of the premature birth at 35 weeks and because I had been controlling my diet due to gestational diabetes. After completing the postnatal massage sessions, I had lost over 6kg in total so now I am just 4kg away from my pre-pregnancy weight.


As for the slimming and womb contraction part, take a look here and I think the pictures speak for themselves. Yup, you can definitely see the difference midway and at the end of my treatment. Of course, I have to say that it cannot solely be credited to the massage because breastfeeding plays a strong part and I also made sure I ate healthy confinement food (will share my review of Tian Wei Signature next month!) and got the nutrients I needed to boost my recovery.


However, I could definitely feel and see how my tummy got smaller with each massage and binding session so I do believe that it is an effective way to tone our body back to our 'normal' shape. I would, however, like to emphasise that I don't think the massage is a way to slim down and burn fats drastically but more of getting back to your pre-pregnancy shape, so don't see it as a miracle way to get the perfect figure you have always dreamt of but be realistic about what you can achieve.


In conclusion, I think it was a positive experience for me and not only did the results benefit me physically but mentally as well. Every mum definitely deserves to feel good about herself after going through this incredibly amazing but absolutely exhausting process called childbirth and we ought to pamper ourselves with a good massage, or rather, many good massages afterwards. Because we truly deserve them.

Thank you, PNSG, for showing me what I've missed out on for the previous births and making me more confident to carry on in my motherhood journey. 

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Postnatal Massage Singapore 

167 Woodland Street 11 #02-23 Singapore 730167 

Phone: +65 6417 9690 

Email: admin@pnsingapore.com 

 Website: https://pnsingapore.com/ 

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Disclosure: This is a sponsored collaboration between PNSG and A Happy Mum. All pictures and opinions are solely my own.


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