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.

  • Adjusting to life with your new baby

    It’s normal for new parents to feel a bit overwhelmed with their new baby’s needs and their new responsibilities. Here are some tips that may help you adjust to life with your new baby.

  • Getting to a healthy weight

    Eating well and being physically active, along with breastfeeding, may help you return to the weight you were before you were pregnant. Be patient—returning to a healthy body weight can take time. Go here to learn more about getting to a healthy weight.

  • Getting the support you need

    Sometimes people will offer to help, and sometimes you’ll have to ask them. Family and friends are often eager to help. Go here to learn more about getting the support you need and tips for having visitors.

  • Rest and sleep

    During the first few weeks of your baby’s life, rest and sleep are very important. Rest and sleep will help your body heal and help with breastfeeding. Here are some tips to help you get the rest you need.

  • Showering and bathing

    Learn more about showering and bathing after giving birth.

  • Caring for physical changes after delivery

    Learn more about the physical changes that your body will go thought after you give birth.

  • Comforts for other physical changes

    Your body goes through many changes in the first few days after birth. These are some of the physical changes you can expect and what you can do about them.

  • If you've had a caesarean birth

    After a caesarean birth, you will have an incision on your lower abdomen. This area may be quite painful. Learn more about healing from a ceasarean birth.

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