My friend gave birth to a beautiful baby boy two Sundays ago and last weekend she came to play a hockey game with the baby in tow. She didn’t have anyone else to leave the baby with and didn’t see why that should stop her from playing a hockey game. She kept the baby capsule on the floor near the players bench and checked on her baby every once in a while.The fact that she gave birth only two weeks ago didn’t bother her at all.
When my youngest was in play school, one of the mothers came to pick up her oldest child a day after giving birth to her second child.
Whereas Indian women are told to rest the first 40 days. No doubt, I would have loved to do nothing for 40 days and having someone to take care of my baby while I did nothing would have been awesome. But I didn’t have that luxury and that is ok. Being on my own helped to lose the 25 kg weight I put on very quickly. I also enjoyed spending time with my babies and taking care of them.
Would there be any long term effects because neither my friend, not I followed the traditional confinement rituals? Who knows.