For Parents & Parents-To-Be


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Taking care of yourself will help you to get off to a good start and adjust to becoming a new parent.

Taking Care of Yourself Means ….

Getting Enough Rest

  • Sleep when your baby sleeps
  • Find ways to relax and rest your body and mind, even if you can’t sleep
  • Go to bed a little earlier than usual

Eating a Balanced Diet and Getting Some Exercise

  • Find simple and healthy meals to enjoy
  • Bring along a healthy snack when you are on the run
  • Prepare meals in advance when others are home to help you
  • Here is more information about Eating Healthy and Physical Activity

Making Time for Yourself

  • Say yes to help from family and friends
  • Limit the amount of housework you expect to get done
  • Plan a simple activity or outing you will enjoy

Recognizing Your Feelings

  • Be aware of how your feelings affect your reactions
  • Respect your own needs – do not be afraid of saying ‘no’ to others
  • Share tasks and responsibilities with other family members

Finding Support in your Community

  • Visit Ontario Early Years Centres, Libraries and Community Recreation Centres
  • Find support groups for parents in your area
  • Look for neighbours with babies to get together with

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.