Confinement taboos across the races
Chinese tradition during confinement
The Chinese tradition of Zuo Yuezi dictates that for one month from the birth of their children, mothers must stay inside and avoid bathing, washing their hair or brushing their teeth. They must cover their heads to prevent chills, keep the windows closed, avoid contact with wind (feng) and air-con and remain in bed for as long as possible. Ice water and cold drinks are also not consumed for 21 days after delivery because they are thought to have a bad effect on the metabolism, causing among other things, rheumatism, arthritis and incontinence. In addition, for up to six months after delivery, new mothers are advised not to carry heavy loads to avoid "dropping of the womb". The right way to carry your baby is to sit, carry, then stand.