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Coping with the first few weeks

  • Make your baby your first task and try not to worry about everything else.
  • Ask for help from your partner, mother, or friends. Sometimes people with small babies of their own can be the most help because they know what it’s like. The health visitor and midwife will also help you to put things into perspective.
  • Accept help and suggest to people what they can do: cook a meal and bring it round; do a stack of washing up; do bits of shopping when you run out; take the baby for a walk.
  • Sleep whenever your baby allows you to.
  • Practice relaxation techniques.
  • Keep a good supply of nutritious snacks, like fruit, milk and wholemeal bread, which you can eat without cooking.
  • See friends when you want to and, if you’re tired, tell your friends and suggest that they leave and come back later.
    • Remember, this period is hard but it lasts for a relatively short time and it does get better.

We are indebted to Health Promotion England for their help in compiling this section.