Your recovery at home

It will take time to recover from labor and birth. This period of time is called "postpartum" and means "after birth."

The postpartum period is a special time of adapting to parenthood as well as physical recovery. It takes months, not weeks.

You have to get to know your baby and become comfortable with the caregiving tasks.

You and your partner will have to adjust to being a family, or a larger one. You also need to adjust to changes in your relationships with family members and friends. Be gentle with each other during this period of change.

To do list

 Rest when your baby sleeps.

 Limit visitors.

 Accept all offers of help.

 Attend a parenting class. Go to allinahealth.org/classes or call Allina Health Class Registration at 1-866-904-9962.

 Plan to exercise when your doctor says you are ready for it.

Forms and worksheets

Questions to ask when breastfeeding worksheet

Choosing child care worksheet

Social Security Administration: Social Security card application

Home safety checklist

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Source: Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Beginnings: Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond, seventh edition, ob-ah-90026
First Published: 10/04/2002
Last Reviewed: 12/02/2015

Postpartum healing, What happens after you have a baby