How to Care for Yourself After Having a Baby

By Carol Caffin
Reviewed by Elizabeth Eden, M.D.
May 08, 2023

It’s not hard to find advice on what to expect when you’re expecting, and frequent check-ins with an ob-gyn or midwife can give you guidance through the ups and downs and aches and pains of pregnancy. But when it comes to knowing what to do to care for your health after the baby is born, many birthing parents feel as though they’re on their own.

We’re here to give you some tips for how to care for your mental and physical health post-pregnancy.

Focus on Postpartum Healing

Even under the best circumstances—short labor, an uncomplicated delivery, a baby who latches on naturally and sleeps well—the time period immediately after you give birth is likely to be full of challenges, especially if you’re a first-time parent.