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

How to take care of yourself after baby arrives

Nurture Yourself

"I am tired of being cooped up in the house all day and barely having a moment to myself. How can I do something nice for myself?"

"Get out. You'll get cabin fever if you don't. Broke? We were, too. Hit the library -- it's free! They have it all: CDs, tapes, books, books on tape. And did you know that you don't have to actually subscribe to magazines anymore? They are all there."

"Make sure that you take some `you time' every day. Most new moms want to lose that baby weight -- try to get 20 to 30 minutes of exercise every day. It will help you get focused and take off the baby weight, too."

"Last week I was so bleary-eyed, so crazy-tired, I went online and sent myself no less than three pounds of chocolate. I included a note to me, from me, saying, 'You deserve this treat! You're doing great as a new mom!'"

"Join a play group. I just did and I can't believe all the wonderful things they do there. Not only does my son get to play with other kids, he gets to play with a million toys, gets to read books ... I could go on and on. I would never have the time or energy or creativity myself to let him experience all those things each week. And the interaction I'm getting with the other moms is priceless. I'm in heaven."

"I get pedicures. Having someone take care of me for those 30 minutes makes me feel so much better. It's $18 that goes a long way every three or four weeks. Also, when I'm walking around the neighborhood in flip-flops and sweats because I've been up since 5:30, I look down at my toes and think, I haven't completely let myself go."

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