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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.

Taking Care of Yourself Means ….

Getting Enough Rest

  • Set realistic sleep expectations, knowing that in the first few weeks you may only sleep for 2 to 4 hours at a time and you will feel tired
  • Sleep or rest when you 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 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

  • If you have a partner, your relationship may change after your baby is born. If it is your first baby you will be changing from being a couple to becoming a family
  • Sometimes it is difficult to find time for each other
  • Be aware and sensitive to each other's feelings. Be extra patient with one another and take care of each other
  • Openly communicate and talk about things other than the baby
  • Share your feelings about having sex again. Keep in mind there are a number of factors that influence when you'll feel ready to have sex again, including feeling tired, experience pain, changing hormones, responding to your baby's needs, and your overall well-being. Until you are ready to have sex again, there are many other ways to connect
  • If you are having trouble resolving conflict, there are programs and services available in your community to help

Finding 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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