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Caring for Yourself After Baby

Taking care of yourself will help you to get a good start at becoming a new parent.
Get Enough Rest
Have realistic goals. 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 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. Pick foods from each of the four food groups every day; eat when you are hungry and drink 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.

Try to talk about things other than the baby.

Share your feelings about having sex again.  Keep in mind there are many things that influence when you will 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

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