The basics of Indian confinement

Indian confinement shares many similarities with Chinese and Malay confinement, notably in the beliefs about health benefits. All three practices are also similar in terms of the restrictions on behaviour and the focus on rest and diet.  However, due to the many regional differences among Indian communities, there isn’t really one standard form of Indian confinement. Rather, you’ll find that practices differ depending on your family’s heritage and culture.

Indian confinement length

For Indians, confinement can range between 30 to 40 days. For Tamils specifically, 40 days is usually the norm. You can hire a confinement lady called a dai, although frequently, the role is performed by a family member. The dai’s responsibilities usually include cooking the confinement diet, doing various household chores and massaging both mum and baby.

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Indian confinement rules

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