Get some rest

Essential information to remember All new mothers need rest and a helping hand to recover from the demands of childbirth.

It’s a good idea to take the first few days after your baby’s birth to rest. If possible, adjust your rest period to your baby’s feeding schedule, i.e., try to sleep when your baby sleeps. Don’t get up except to wash, eat, and care for your baby. Your partner or another friend or family member can help you change diapers, bathe the baby, run errands, and prepare meals.

During the first week, you should not schedule other activities apart from caring for your baby and yourself. Until about the third week you will need the help of others to take care of housework, cooking, and looking after your other children.

Taking naps during the day is a good idea as long as your baby is still waking at night.