It is no exaggeration that having a baby changes your life forever. Parenthood will bring many happy moments, but you will also experience times of stress, worry or anxiety. Taking good care of yourself will help you be a healthier, happier parent.
To help you take the best possible care of yourself, you should be prepared for a number of major life changes after your baby is born, including:
Because you need all the rest you can get during your baby’s first weeks of life, it is also a good idea to accept offers of help from friends, neighbors and relatives. You don’t have to do it all by yourself. If you can afford it, you might even consider temporarily hiring someone to help you with some household chores and duties.
You may be able to get assistance with a number of household tasks after your baby is born, including:
After you return home from the hospital, you should also eat a well-balanced diet, drink plenty of water and engage in light exercise (after a few weeks, with your physician’s approval).
Be sure to follow all of your physician’s recommendations regarding your physical and emotional care after delivery.
It is normal to experience the “baby blues” after giving birth. Learn more about postpartum depression or call your doctor for more information.
Learn more about our new mom support groups.
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