Postpartum: The first six weeks

During the first 6 weeks after your baby’s birth, the postpartum period, it’s important that you eat well and rest whenever you can. It will take time for your body to recover from pregnancy and birth and as new parents, to get comfortable with your new roles. Taking care of yourselves helps you take care of your baby too. Work together with your partner, friends and family. It’s okay to ask for help when you need it, and to accept help when it’s offered.

  • At the birth centre

    Congratulations! Your new baby has arrived. Learn more about what to do after your baby is born here.

  • Understanding newborns

    It will take some time to get to know your newborn, how they look, how to care for them, and how to respond to their needs. Also learn about some common concerns for newborns.

  • Taking care of yourselves

    Caring for a new baby takes lots of time but it is also important to take care of yourself. Many physical changes occur during this time. Rest when you can and ask for support when needed.

  • Needs and feelings of new parents

    It's normal to have new needs and feelings after your baby is born. Try to take the time to understand what you and your partner might be feeling. Mood changes such as depression or anxiety may also occur. Talk with someone that you can trust.

  • Healthy family relationships

    Although families go through many changes when a baby arrives, the amount of time it takes to get used to these changes is different for every family. Here you'll find tips and advice on managing some of these changes.

  • Sexuality

    Physical and emotional changes after the birth of your baby can affect your sexual desire. Go here to learn more about sexuality after having a baby.

  • Your first few days at home

    During the first few days and weeks after giving birth, many new parents are surprised to find that looking after their baby takes most of their time and energy. Learn more about how to make these adjustments.

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