Adjusting as new parents
All parents need physical and emotional support, especially in the first year of parenting.
It's so easy to focus on a newborn baby that sometimes parents forget to take care of themselves. If you need more help on how to take better care of yourself, talk to your health care provider or Public Health Nurse.
- If 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).
Review the Self-care resources for more tips. 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.
- Nurturing your relationship after giving birth - Healthy Families BC
- New parents in talking about their relationships after having a baby - Videos from Pacific Post Partum Support Society