Post-Natal Confinement Period: The Changing Trend

Recently, an Indian celebrity made gestation period a fascinating affair so much so that it became the talk-of-the-town. By blatantly flaunting her baby bump to adorning the most comfortable cool looks she nailed it all with panache. Another thing she brought in vogue is ‘stay not-confined’ to bed and home post-natal period that has been a part of post-pregnancy regime in majority Indian homes since ages. Right after a week she could be seen hanging out and dining out with friends and family. She’s, certainly, breaking the old practices that have been carried out in our country for various reasons and is clearly setting an example for upcoming moms.

From ancient times, the post-natal confinement period believed to be the time allotted to the new mother for complete rest and care. Post delivery the lactating moms are anemic and frail. They need holistic nutrition and vacation to recover from the loss of vital minerals from their body which they have just shared with their new-born. Another reason could be the non-stop menstruation cycle right after baby’s birth which would continue for around 40 to 45 days. This made the women more weak and fragile. So to keep her fit, hygienic and away from any infection this practice came into existence.

This was, certainly, a very calculated move as it was hard to offer solace to women in ancient Indian households. However, things have changed drastically over a period of time. The advanced and developed society has come up with numerous alternatives to make the post-natal period better, relaxing and sanitized. From nutritious supplements to sanitary disposable many things are there for women to make them feel and look better. However, no matter how advanced things may become some old school thinkers believe that a custom should be followed like a ritual, reasonable or not. While today’s generation has less faith on these old age customs which, according to them, are followed illogically.

Today’s woman is well-informed and aware about her needs, situations and conditions. She owns her right to accept or reject various norms set for her by the society eras ago. Thus, it is an app-laudable fact that a woman stood up and took her stand on whether she should stay indoors or move outside post her pregnancy, of course depending on her physical condition. It is and, should definitely be an individual choice to follow what she believes in and the society must respect her decisions without being judgmental.

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