In the past, when babies were born, people would walk miles to see the newborn and give blessings to the baby and his/her family. They would help the mother perform some of her duties until she has recovered from childbirth or come bearing gifts. However, times have changed. These days, postnatal trends have evolved to include expensive and more elaborate gift ideas but some can still take the form of sweet gestures like a well-thought gift for the new mother. Some traditions have even returned and are pretty common among this generation of mothers.
Have you ever heard of a post-pregnancy massage? As a soon-to-be or a new mother, you should be looking into ways to relieve your body and mind from the traumatic experience that is childbirth. Jamu postnatal massages in Singapore have been around forever and have become increasingly popular in the past few years. It is considered one of the best post-natal massages a new mother can have and includes ancient techniques such as the use of hot stones, herbs, and oils to stimulate, rejuvenate and soothe your body. This is done at special spas and you can even request to have your post-natal massage at home.
For those of you who don’t know, push presents are gifts given to the new mother by the baby’s father to reward her for giving him such a priceless gift, a baby. These gifts are usually costly but even those presents that are not as expensive, can have the most meaning. This can include a car, a new home, jewellery, designer bags, getaways, spa days and so on. The present is usually given after birth but some mothers have received their gifts at conception, during their pregnancy or even in the delivery room.
EATING THE PLACENTA
As bizarre or extreme as it may sound, eating placentas have gained increasing popularity over the years from celebrities to everyday people. The placenta, or ‘afterbirth’, forms in your womb even before your baby’s organs and functions as the passageway through which oxygen, nutrients, and hormones are passed from you to your baby. It also carries your baby’s waste out. Generally, at the time of birth, it weighs about one pound and is expelled after your baby is born, or removed by the doctor during your C-Section. Mothers can choose to eat the placenta there in the delivery room (raw), dry it and have them made into pills, stir-fry it, make it into a smoothie or incorporate it into their favourite dishes.
UMBILICAL CORD BURIAL AND BURNING
The umbilical cord is a flexible cord that connects the baby’s stomach to the placenta in the mother’s womb. When it is cut, what is left is the ‘belly button’. After giving birth, a little stump will still be attached which will fall off on its own in a week or two. Some mothers take the stump and bury it in their backyard and may even plant a tree above it which will grow with the child and “tie” the child to the home. Others hold a cord burning ceremony directly after birth when the majority of the cord is still attached to the baby, or wait until the stump falls off and burn it for symbolic purposes.
AFTER BIRTH PARTY
Every birth is a call for celebration. Popularly known as ‘sip and sees’ or simply post-birth baby showers, after birth parties are a great way for your family and friends to meet your newborn and celebrate a successful delivery. Persons can carry gifts of clothes, toys, car seats, rockers, and so on to help make your parenting easier and may offer to babysit to allow the new parents to rest.
Though some of these may sound rather crazy, these trends are the rage right now among mothers. Join the bandwagon and who knows, you might actually enjoy yourselves.