Caring for Your Health After Delivery
After Pregnancy the first month of having a newborn at home can be quite overwhelming. You may feel like all of your time is focused on caring for your newborn, but don't forget to take care of yourself. Your baby needs you to be as healthy as you can be!
Here are some general tips:
Rest whenever you can. Delivering a baby is hard work and you probably weren't able to sleep much in the hospital. The first few weeks after delivery are an important time for you to rest whenever you can. If possible, sleep or rest when your baby sleeps. You should probably limit visitors for the first two weeks so you can rest.
Do not lift anything heavier than your baby.
Don't be afraid to ask for help. Let others know how they can help. Friends and family can help by cooking meals, helping with laundry or other household chores, babysitting siblings or stopping at the store to pick up a few items for you.
Go out with friends when you can.
Wash your hands often, especially after each visit to the bathroom, after diaper changes and before feeding your baby.
Limit stair climbing as much as possible for the first week after delivery.
Do not try to be a perfectionist. This is not the time when your house is going to be perfect! Remember visitors are coming to see your baby, not your