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Rest and Sleep

You may be surprised at how tired you become after minor activity. The birth of a baby can take an immense physical and emotional toll on you and your body. Try to rest when you are able, especially when the baby is sleeping. If you are overly tired, consider asking your support person for help with the baby while you rest.

Some suggestions to assist you at home:

  • Keep your routine flexible while you develop a new routine with the baby (ie. meal times, bed time, etc.)
  • Consider limiting visitors for the first week or so while you rest.
  • Ask for help with shopping and cooking.
  • Postpone the undertaking of any major projects or household chores.
  • Avoid any substances containing caffeine.
  • Try relaxation methods such as meditation or nature sounds to help you rest.
  • Ask for help!

Last Updated: 12/30/2013