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You and your newborn

Staying healthy while caring for a newborn

Caring for a new baby is demanding. To do it well, you must protect your own health. Getting enough rest, eating well, and doing gentle exercise to regain and maintain your strength are all vital to staying healthy.

You will need some time to nurture yourself both physically and emotionally. If at all possible, try to have people nearby if you need help or just a time-out to relax and adjust to your new situation.

Having support people nearby may also make it easier for you and your partner to spend some time together. If this is your first child, your lives will have changed dramatically. It is important for couples to consciously make some time to spend with each other. The Sex and childbirth section can provide information about resuming your sexual relationship.


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Mother Matters

Mother Matters: Learn more about our online support group for new moms.

  • A publication of:
  • Women's College Hospital