Having a baby is exciting and joyous.
There’s so much to do and learn. Your
whole family is excited. But having a new baby brings lots of new feelings and
changes in your life.
You may be worried about whether you are
a good parent. You may wonder whether
you can meet your baby’s needs. keeping your baby fed, bathed and diapered
is a big job. He also wants to bond with you emotionally.
Your baby likes to be held. He likes to be talked to. He likes to talk back to
you and likes to have you answer his smiles, coos, giggles and other baby
sounds. He likes to be rocked and comforted.
How do you take care of yourself when your baby needs so much comforting
and care? You need to know that it is common to feel run down. If you
feel run down, ask others for help.
When you need to rest, let your baby’s father take over. Or ask other family
members to help. Your baby needs to bond with his father and other members
of the family. He needs to be close to his grandparents, aunts, uncles
and cousins. Be sure your friends and relatives know how to take care of
and be with your baby.
Don’t be surprised if you feel kind of sad the first few weeks after having
your baby. It is common for a new mom to feel this way. It doesn’t mean
you are a bad parent. You need time to get your body back to normal. And
you need to adjust to the changes your baby brings to your life.
Sometimes this feeling of sadness can be strong. If this happens, you may
be having postpartum depression. “Postpartum” means “after birth.” Some
new mothers have this kind of depression. Your doctor will know ways to
Don’t try to hide these feelings from your family or your doctor. It is important
to talk about what is happening. Get help if you need it.
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