My pantang is officially over! Padahal we were not even strict about it. Living on your own during confinement has its perks jugak lah eh. No parents under the same roof to nag at me and impose all the macam-macam pantang rules hehe.
On the day after I was discharged from the hospital, I started my pantang proper by commencing my urut and confinement meal. My urut was by Ummi Shasha and confinement meals was by none other than Sizzling Dyyana!
For my urut, Ummi’s package was for 10 sessions and her price is very reasonable. It was the cheapest that I found actually. I heard about her service from bf’s friend who posted about how fast her tummy shrunk after giving birth, apparently because Ummi uses the traditional bengkung instead of just the modern velcro corset/waist trainer. And true enough, I could see a difference after just one session. By the 3rd/4th session, my tummy was already a lot flatter. Her package comes with the traditional bengkung, a velcro corset to be worn over the bengkung, pilis and tapel. The massage itself felt okay. It helped to clear more blood clots. It was the bengkung+corset combo that was the killer. I was advised to keep it on overnight, after she put them on for me in the morning. Most of the time, I ended up taking off the corset before I go to sleep at night and kept the bengkung on. At the end of the 10 sessions, she took back her bengkung but let me keep the corset. She asked me to keep wearing the corset every day until I return to work. I guess we really need to follow her advice for the slimming to be effective. I’ve been wearing the corset almost every day, along with a tapel which I bought in a jamu set from Al-Barakah shop and I’m still gradually losing weight now, although it is slowing down. Overall, her service is good and I would recommend her.
For Sizzling Dyyana’s confinement meals, I took up the 30 days package. Meals are delivered between 9.30am to 11am every Monday to Saturday, excluding PH. Every meal comes with rice, a meat dish, a vegetable dish and either 2 baked items or 1 baked item+longan red date drink on alternate days. Each meal is for lunch and dinner. For a small eater like me, I could share every meal with bf everyday. The portion is generous and the dishes are very healthy. They taste quite good for healthy food too. The meat dishes are mostly fish and chicken. There are meatballs and salmon once in awhile, and I even had unagi once. The mock dishes like mock green curry and mock lemak without santan are quite sedap too. She has quite a good variety of dishes, but even though it’s not very repetitive, I still get quite jelak of eating rice every day. I miss my noodles, pasta, spicy food and other seafoods like sotong and shell fish. Every one loves the baked items the most, obviously. It’s mostly lactation cookies, brownies, cheesecakes and buns. There was also churros once. Because it’s so sedap, they make your tastebuds feel less deprived. Service wise, it’s great that Kak Dyy sends out texts to inform us the menu of the day, together with the very descriptive nutritional information of each dish. I think my postpartum recovery and breastfeeding journey has been going on well partly thanks to her nutritious food. Would definitely recommend her and will engage her service again in future insyaAllah kalau ada rezeki.
I mentioned that I bought this jamu set from Al-Barakah. It comes with 2 bottles of jamu pills, pilis, tapel, param and a velcro corset. I’ve been consuming the jamu ever since my son’s jaundice is cleared. I don’t see much effect from it, but maybe it’s helping with my internal recovery which I don’t feel much lol. The pilis feels more berangin that Ummi’s pilis. But I don’t have much headache to begin with, so I only put it on a few times and stopped. I have no idea how to use the param properly. It’s basically just like a lotion with very slight heaty effect. I think it is supposed to relief muscle aches or something. But I don’t really like leaving lotions or creamy residues on my body especially now that I have a baby and need to maintain cleanliness and good hygiene standards. So I don’t use it. The tapel is the only one I’ve been using on my tummy consistently till now. Although it doesn’t feel as heaty as fresh tapel, some effect is better than nothing. Makes me feel like it’s burning my fats, so I always put it on underneath the velcro corset, although I will remove it after only half a day when the heaty sensation wears off. As for other pantang practices, some I still follow but some I don’t. I don’t wear socks at home much because the weather is too hot and I have sweaty feet. I dilligently avoided cold drinks and caffeine. I ate spicy food maybe once or twice and indulged in a couple of sweet treats once in awhile.
Right now, I have been doing tangas, which is a herbal steam spa as an alternative to ganggang, courtesy of my mum. She helped to source for the ingredients and I just have to boil them in water on mornings when bf is around to take care of baby, which is mostly weekends. I loveeee the aroma and the fat-burning sensation, so I shall continue doing it for probably a few more weekends.
Now that pantang is over and my confinement meals catering has ended, I feel a little lost at trying to maintain a healthy diet for the sake of breastfeeding. Some days, my mum sends food over. But I still need to cook or get my own food most of the time. Cooking is going to be challenging especially since I am taking care of my baby alone on weekdays. So far, I’ve had KFC and Macs breakfast once. Such an epic fail. Will probably be struggling in this department for awhile, but I hope no matter what, my milk supply is maintained. I think I am almost ready to start working out and do physical activities too. Not particularly excited about working out, but I got at least 5kg more to lose to pre-pregnancy weight. Sucks that my weight has also started to plateau.. I read somewhere that breastfeeding burns about 300 calories per day. But I guess if I don’t watch my diet, it could be 300 calories out and 500 calories in.
Meeting Dr C for post-delivery appointment tomorrow!