CircleBumpCheckedFilledMedicalBookmarkBookmarkTickBookmarkAddCheckBoxCheckBoxFilled

7 Postpartum Foods and Drinks Around the World

Globe-trot to see the postnatal foods fellow moms are eating.
save article
profile picture of Emily Windram
By Emily Windram, Intern
Updated January 30, 2017
Hero Image
7 slides
1

Turkey

Lohusa Şerbeti

Doing double-duty, this red drink is first served to moms while they’re still in the hospital in the hopes of boosting milk production. Later, the sweet cinnamon- and clove-spiced beverage is served to guests visiting the new mom at home.

2

Japan

Sekihan

This traditional dish is a staple at any special occasion in Japan, so it’s a popular choice for celebrating the arrival of baby. Made with sweet or “sticky” rice and cooked with adzuki beans, the meal has a festive red color.

3

Netherlands

Beschuit met Muisjes

In Holland, everyone from royalty to regular folk celebrate the birth of baby by nibbling on “biscuits with mice.” A symbol of fertility, the “mice” on these biscuits are actually sugar-covered aniseed, which is believed to help new moms with lactation, digestion and postnatal cramping. And to really top off this sweet treat, the seeds are colored blue and white for boys, pink and white for girls, and orange for royal births.

4

South Korea

Miyeok Guk

New moms believe this restorative seaweed soup is packed with nutrients to help restore their health. So they often eat the calcium-rich blend not just as their first postpartum meal, but for the next few days or even weeks.

5

Lebanon

Ainar Spiced Tea

You may have seen Ainar spiced tea marketed as “postpregnancy tea” in stores, but like Turkey’s Lohusa Şerbeti, both new moms and house guests drink it to celebrate baby. Assorted spices, sugar and nuts give the tea a sweet kick, and the aniseed is supposed to soothe moms and help their bodies recover. Intrigued? Try Sasha Martin’s recipe on Global Table Adventure.

6
Image: Alpha

China

Red Eggs

Already the universal symbol for fertility and life, eggs are hard-boiled and dyed red for a one-month celebration for baby. The traditional color of China and used in other milestone celebrations, red is associated with happiness and good luck.

7
Image: Getty Images

Egypt

Moghat

During the sebou (a celebration that takes place one week after baby is born), mother and guests drink this hot, thick concoction made of hot water, sugar and a premade herbal powder, which Egyptians believe encourages milk production in breastfeeding mothers.

Please note: The Bump and the materials and information it contains are not intended to, and do not constitute, medical or other health advice or diagnosis and should not be used as such. You should always consult with a qualified physician or health professional about your specific circumstances.

save article
ADVERTISEMENT

Next on Your Reading List

pregnant woman cutting a mango
Mangoes Might Be the Next Prenatal Superfood, Study Says
By Wyndi Kappes
Advertisement
illustration of two pregnant women
6 Solutions for Common Pregnancy Health Needs
By Kate Traverson
pregnant woman making healthy meal in kitchen at home
10 Healthy Meal Ideas for Pregnancy
Medically Reviewed by Kendra Segura, MD
ADVERTISEMENT
pregnant woman holding belly while sitting on couch at home
Here's How Many Calories It Actually Takes to Grow a Baby
By Natalie Gontcharova
synergy kombucha
Can You Drink Kombucha While Pregnant?
Medically Reviewed by Kendra Segura, MD
pregnant woman holding a bowl of dates
When to Start Eating Dates in Pregnancy
Medically Reviewed by Kendra Segura, MD
Iron Supplements For Pregnant Women-hero
The Best Iron Supplements for Pregnancy, as Chosen by Experts
Medically Reviewed by Kendra Segura, MD
ADVERTISEMENT
place setting for one with gold accents
6 Holiday Food Rules to Follow When Pregnant
Medically Reviewed by Kendra Segura, MD
woman cutting soft cheese on cheese board
The Ultimate Guide to Soft Cheeses in Pregnancy
Medically Reviewed by Kendra Segura, MD
pregnant woman eating a snack while using tablet at kitchen table
19 Healthy Pregnancy Snacks to Satisfy All Your Cravings
By Natalie Gontcharova
ADVERTISEMENT
two women making mocktails in kitchen at home
11 Easy and Fun Mocktail Recipes for Pregnancy and Beyond
By Natalie Gontcharova
pregnant woman preparing healthy food with toddler in kitchen
How to Eat a Healthy Pregnancy Diet
Medically Reviewed by Kendra Segura, MD
pregnant woman looking at tablet in her kitchen
So Long Seafood? Debunking Myths About Eating Fish During Pregnancy
Medically Reviewed by Kendra Segura, MD
ADVERTISEMENT
Healthy Alternatives to Water
Healthy Alternatives to Water
Medically Reviewed by Kendra Segura, MD
Best Protein Powder For Pregnancy-hero
How to Choose the Best Protein Powder for Pregnancy
By Emma O'Regan-Reidy
20 slides
20 Healthy (and Tasty!) Pregnancy Snacks
20 Healthy (and Tasty!) Pregnancy Snacks
Medically Reviewed by Kendra Segura, MD
Green vegetables like asparagus and broccoli can prevent pregnant woman's babies from developing asthma.
This Pregnancy Food Cuts Your Child's Asthma Risk in Half, Study Finds
Medically Reviewed by Kendra Segura, MD
ADVERTISEMENT
pregnant woman eating a salad
10 Superfoods to Eat During Pregnancy
Medically Reviewed by Kendra Segura, MD
woman's hands eating healthy quinoa bowl
Easy, Healthy Pregnancy Lunch Ideas for Work and Beyond
Medically Reviewed by Kendra Segura, MD
cranberry holiday themed mocktail
The Top 10 Trending Nonalcoholic Drinks Americans Searched for in 2022
By Wyndi Kappes
ADVERTISEMENT
Article removed.
Article removed.
Name added. View Your List