Best advice on life after baby arrives: How to take care of yourself after baby

How to take care of yourself after baby arrives

"I ended up having panic attacks right after I had my first baby, because I didn't see a light at the end of the tunnel. Well, here I am with four kids, and I can tell you it does get better. What you're going through now isn't what things will always be like. Don't let anyone, especially yourself, make you feel guilty for doing something for yourself."

Get the Rest You Need

"I am so tired. I feel like I never get the things done that I'd like to. Am I just feeling sorry for myself or are we all this tired?"

"When I had my first baby, I thought I was the only one who felt insane from exhaustion. You may be surprised to know that almost everyone in this motherhood boat is as tired and worn out as you are. All parents start to question their sanity, especially that week before their kids start to sleep through the night. Give yourself a break. It's all the norm."

"Remember that just because your baby is awake, you don't have to coo over him every minute of the day."

"My obstetrician of 25 years has a saying I love: `Don't stand when you can sit. Don't sit when you can lie down. Don't stay awake if you can be asleep.' Take care of yourself at least half as well as you are taking care of your baby, and you will make it through."

"I used to get extremely tired until I decided that at least three nights during the week, I would go to bed when my daughter went to bed -- between 7:30 and 8pm. It has made a big difference and gives me more energy on the other nights to stay up later and relax or get stuff done. I still get really tired, but I am better off than when I tried to stay up and do everything."

"Be sure that when the baby naps, you nap. Even if you can't fall asleep, lie down and rest."

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