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Moms - Caring for Yourself with a New Baby

Taking care of yourself will help you to get off to a good start and adjust to becoming a new parent.
Get enough rest
  • Set realistic sleep expectations, knowing that in the first few weeks you may only sleep for 2 to 4 hours at time and you will feel tired
  • Sleep or rest when your baby sleeps
  • Go to bed a little earlier than usual and sleep in later than usual
  • Having a bedtime routine for yourself helps your mind and body wind down
  • Find ways to relax and rest your body and mind, even if you can’t sleep
  • Have a welcoming sleep environment that is dark, quiet, comfortable, cool and free from electronics
Eat healthy and do some physical activity
  • Follow Eating Well with Canada’s Food Guide, picking foods from each of the four food groups every day, eating when you are hungry and drinking when you are thirsty
  • Find simple and healthy meals to enjoy
  • Bring a healthy snack when you are on the run
  • Make meals in advance and freeze some servings for later
  • Accept help for grocery shopping and prepared meals
  • Talk to your health care provider about taking a multivitamin after the birth of your baby 
  • Be active but remember to start with light activity and gradually increase when you feel ready
  • Speak to your health care provider at your six week postpartum appointment about how to increase your activity slowly
Make time for yourself
  • Say yes to help from family and friends
  • Limit guests until you feel well rested
  • Limit the amount of housework you expect to get done and share the tasks
  • Keep it simple                                            
  • Make time to go outdoors
  • Do things that you enjoy or help you relax such as reading, taking a bath, talking with friends, walking, yoga, deep breathing
Take time for your relationship
  • Set realistic sleep expectations, knowing that in the first few weeks you may only sleep for 2 to 4 hours at time and you will feel tired
  • Sleep or rest when your baby sleeps
  • Go to bed a little earlier than usual and sleep in later than usual
  • Having a bedtime routine for yourself helps your mind and body wind down
  • Find ways to relax and rest your body and mind, even if you can’t sleep
  • Have a welcoming sleep environment that is dark, quiet, comfortable, cool and free from electronics
Find support in your community
For more information on self-care and services in Simcoe Muskoka, please contact your health care provider or contact Health Connection by calling 1-705-721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520 Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., by email or connect with us wherever you are on Facebook or Twitter.
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