According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the first few days at home after having the baby are a time for rest and recuperation for your spouse, physically and emotionally. She needs to focus her energy on herself and on getting to know the new baby. Even though she may be very excited and have requests for lots of visits from family and friends, she should try to get as much rest as possible. Don't expect her to keep the house perfect. You may find that all the new mother can do is eat, sleep and care for the baby. And that is perfectly okay. Teach her to pace herself from the first day that she arrives back home. Get her to try to lie down or nap while the baby naps. Keep her from trying to do too much around the house. Be sure to help her and tell her not to be afraid to ask for help with cleaning, laundry, meals, or with caring for the baby.