CHICOPEE, Mass. (Mass Appeal) – You have a baby. You are thrilled. You bond immediately. True? Well, not always. Clinical Psychologist Dr. Elaine Ducharme joined us to share advice for coping after childbirth.
Tips for Coping After Childbirth
Ask for help
Be realistic about your expectations for yourself and baby.
Exercise; take a walk and get out of the house for a break.
Expect some good days and some bad days.
Follow a sensible diet; avoid alcohol and caffeine.
Foster the relationship with your partner — make time for each other.
Keep in touch with family and friends — do not isolate yourself.
Limit visitors when you first go home.
Screen phone calls.
Sleep or rest when your baby sleeps!