It's so easy to focus on a newborn baby that sometimes parents forget to take care of themselves. All parents need physical and emotional support, especially in the first year of parenting.
Here are some tips to remember:
When family and friends offer help, take them up on it.
Make sure you are taking the time eat when you're hungry and drink lots of water.
Find time to relax and do something you enjoy.
Connect with other new parents who are supportive.
Sleep when you can (housework can wait).
Get more self-care tips for moms.
Get more self-care tips for dads or partners.
Healthy Families BC has great information on using alcohol, smoking, healthy eating, and physical activity.
If you need more ideas on how to take better care of yourself, talk to your health care provider or Public Health Nurse.
A new baby can be very hard on your relationship with your partner. When there is another little human demanding your attention and you're not getting enough sleep, it's easy to become irritable with your partner or to drift apart from them. Make sure you take time every day to connect with your partner about something other than the baby and follow these tips from Healthy Families BC. Try watching these
videos of new parents talking about their relationships after having a baby.
But while it's normal for relationships to become more difficult, it is never okay for relationships to become abusive. No matter the situation, nobody has the right to hurt you physically, emotionally or sexually. Learn more about intimate partner violence, a pattern of abuse that uses power and control and is never okay.