Tips for your postpartum care

Below are a few reminders about taking care of yourself after you deliver your baby.

  • Get plenty of rest. Sleep when the baby sleeps.
  • Ask for help from friends and family if things seem overwhelming. Remember that taking care of your health and taking some time for yourself is important.
  • If you are taking a narcotic pain medication, you can take a stool softener to help daily bowel movements. Drink plenty of water.
  • Go for walks to get fresh air.
  • Try to meet other new Moms. Talking with other women who recently had babies is a great way to get support and advice.
  • If you are nursing and are experiencing discomfort while breastfeeding, try one of these breast creams: Lansinoh or Madela Pur-lan. (These two creams are essentially the same. Not all pharmacies or drug stores carry the same brands.)
  • Enjoy your baby!

Talk with your doctor if you have any emotional difficulties after giving birth or feel as though you are struggling with postpartum depression.