The writer’s grandmother (right) and family in Hong Kong in the 1940s. A mother of nine, she says she was taught to exclude all foods deemed cold or poisonous according to traditional Chinese medicine, and avoid raw or partially cooked meat and seafood. Photo: Courtesy Teh family

The dilemma facing Hong Kong’s expectant mums: follow traditional Chinese beliefs or ways of the West?

While traditional advice about avoiding cold and wet-hot foods, or the idea that dark foods can affect skin colour, stand in stark contrast to what Western doctors say, there is agreement that stress and overexertion can be harmful

Topic |   Explainers

TOP PICKS

The writer’s grandmother (right) and family in Hong Kong in the 1940s. A mother of nine, she says she was taught to exclude all foods deemed cold or poisonous according to traditional Chinese medicine, and avoid raw or partially cooked meat and seafood. Photo: Courtesy Teh family
READ FULL ARTICLE