To take care of your new baby, you must take care of yourself. Here's a checklist of things you will need to stay well after baby comes.
Time With Your Baby
Be sure to have enough time with your baby so you can get to know each other and enjoy spending time together.
Fatigue is a major problem new parents face. The following is a list of chores that someone should take care of the first two weeks at home:
- Cleaning house
- Grocery shopping
If possible, have the following help on hand:
- Your mother or mother-in-law
- Other family or friends
- Hired help
Have healthy food on hand at all times so you are not tempted to eat unhealty food when you are hungry. We recommend that you:
- Prepare double portions of your favorite dishes and freeze half
- Ask friends or family to prepare a home-cooked meal instead of buying a baby gift
- Order take-out meals from restaurants several times a week
- Learn to prepare several quick and easy meals
Life After Gestational Diabetes
If you had gestational diabetes when you were pregnant, you and your child have a lifelong risk for getting diabetes. Because of this risk, you need to be tested for diabetes after your baby is born, then every one to two years. You need to know your risks and what you should do after pregnancy for life after gestational diabetes. It's never too early to prevent diabetes. With an emphasis on preventive care, Woman’s Metabolic Health Clinic offers specialized services for women ages 16 and up with a history of gestational diabetes.
Support From Others
It's important to have support from others who understand what you are going through. Think of key people and places where you can find support. We recommend that you:
- List three people who have children who you consider real confidantes and with whom you could share openly
- List two places where you could go to be with other parents of young children
Time To Yourself
While taking care of your new baby, there may be times when you cannot leave home. Think of at least two things that you would miss the most if you could not leave home. Discuss this with your partner, and figure out how to bring these things into your home.
Time For Each Other
Happy parents are good parents. It's important to have a strong emotional bond with your partner. Think of things that you would like your partner to do so that you know (s)he cares and discuss them with your partner. For example:
- Say "I love you"
- Give unexpected hugs
- Say "Our baby is lucky to have such a good dad (mom)"
- Bring me a bouquet of flowers from the grocery store
- Brag about me in front of others
- Surprise me with a small gift now and then
- Make a date to go out with each other
Make sure that you have a reliable babysitter. Make monthly dates with each other. You were together before the baby was born; make sure you are stay together as your baby grows up.