Having a baby can be tiring physically, mentally, and emotionally. It's important to make the time to rest and relax as your health is important to the whole family. Here are a few other things you can keep in mind:
Weight loss. Do not try to lose pregnancy weight immediately. Weight loss over several months is the safest way, especially if you are breastfeeding. Adequate sleep, healthy eating and being active might be all you need to return to a healthy weight.
Breastfeeding. Breastfeeding is one of the best gifts you can give your baby! Find out more about Breastfeeding.
Feeling blue? It is not uncommon for women to feel down after having a baby. You may be tired, your body is healing and hormone levels are changing. The challenge of being a parent can be overwhelming so it is important to recognize when to seek help. See more about Postpartum Mood Disorders.
Resuming sex. Make sure you get the okay from your health care provider before resuming sex. Consider a reliable birth control method to prevent another pregnancy and give your body a chance to heal between babies.
Bonding. The bonds of attachment are built by responding to your baby’s needs. The first year is an important time to develop a secure attachment between baby and their main caregivers. By talking to baby, responding to his cues, comforting her and feeding your baby, you are building trust. Trust makes baby feel secure and instils in your baby the confidence to grow, communicate and learn new skills. Read Best Start's My Child and I (PDF) for more information.
Looking for something to do with your new baby? Join us at Babies' Day Out where you can meet other families in a stimulating environment for baby, and learn more about positive parenting and infant care.
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