Looking after yourself

Your first few weeks as a parent can be exhausting – don’t forget to look after yourself.

Looking after yourself

Coping with tiredness

Most new parents say they can’t believe how utterly exhausted they feel once they start looking after a new baby.

Changes in your body

For the first few days after the birth, you may feel really tired. If you had a Caesarean section you’ll be recovering from the operation.

How you may
be feeling

It’s perfectly normal to feel a bit down after the birth. Around 70% of all new mums suffer from so-called ‘baby blues’.

Pelvic-floor exercises

Pelvic-floor muscles are important because they help prevent stress incontinence (when you leak a few drops of urine when you cough, laugh or run).


Having a baby is a time of great change. While all attention may be on the baby, you need to feel that you are still ‘you’.

Sex and contraception

Shortly after giving birth you may feel like you’ll never want to have sex again.

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