Nursery® welcomes all expectant and new parents to the most amazing journey of a lifetime. Our new health section offers information and insights we hope you enjoy in the precious months ahead – during pregnancy and after
your baby arrives.

New mommy care

It truly is a miracle. Your precious baby is here and in your arms. Now, it’s time to head home and begin an amazing journey.

Before you leave the hospital, ask about scheduling the baby's first checkup with the pediatrician and talk with the maternity doctor or nurse about any questions or concerns about your health following delivery.

There’s a lot to keep track of but to best care for your baby, you must take extra good care of yourself.

Good hydration & organizing meals

Consuming the proper amount of fluids helps prevent urinary tract infections, constipation and fatigue. Breast milk is close to 90 percent water, so good hydration is crucial for nursing moms.

A healthy diet accelerates healing and helps provide the energy you will need to care for yourself and your infant. Ask your doctor if it’s okay to continue taking any vitamins or supplements recommended during pregnancy as a dietary boost. Also, strongly consider:

  • Having healthy, prepared foods on hand and occasionally splurging by having meals delivered.
  • Accepting offers of help! New babies bring out the best in families, friends or neighbors who can assist with preparation or cleanup. And remember, it’s okay to lean on your spouse.

Managing time & feelings

Bringing home a newborn can conjure up lots of emotions – from ecstasy to sheer panic. Gradually, you will settle in, but allow yourself some privacy and time to adjust.

  • Schedule visitors so you're not overwhelmed with too many at once.
  • Change your voicemail greeting to announce your baby's arrival and that your callbacks may take time.

Postpartum depression

It’s very normal to have the baby blues for a week or so after the birth of your newborn. With the exhaustion from childbirth, around-the-clock feedings and hormonal shifts, it’s rare that a new mom doesn’t break down and cry for no good reason.

If the tears keep coming after a week or so, if you feel very depressed, sad or anxious, or if you think you might hurt yourself or the baby, this may be postpartum depression and you need to reach out for help. Sometimes women need professional counseling or antidepressant medication to deal with the stress.

Realize help is available and when addressed early, postpartum depression can be
treated successfully. Talk with your doctor about resources that are available.

Nurse Linda Ciampa on physical concerns

New Mommy Care Concerns Postpartum Flow

Postpartum flow

Bleeding can last up to six weeks after delivery but should never be very heavy. If it increases (you are having to change your pad every hour or notice large clots), call your obstetrician.

New Mommy Care Concerns OB/GYN Checkups

OB/GYN checkups

Following a normal, vaginal birth, schedule a postpartum checkup no later than six weeks
after delivery. With a Cesarean section, an incision check, usually at two weeks, is
recommended. Meantime, notify the physician if you have a fever, persistent diarrhea or
nausea – or if there is redness, swelling or discharge around the incision.

New Mommy Care Concerns Postpartum Preeclampsia

Postpartum preeclampsia

Sometimes women develop high blood pressure and excess protein in the urine after
delivery. Call the doctor if you experience symptoms such as persistent headache, vision
changes, spots in front of the eyes, shortness of breath, upper-abdominal pain, mental
confusion or sudden weight gain.

Get a little fresh air

Weather permitting, get out of the house and take the baby for a stroll. A little fresh air is invigorating after all the hard work you have done – and offer the first glimpse of that great, big world out there for your baby. Be sure to shield your newborn from direct sunlight with proper clothing and hats.

Sleep, precious sleep

One of the greatest challenges of being a new parent is getting enough shuteye. But sleep is life’s great fortifier and you will need every little bit you can get.

New Mommy Care Sleep Baby

Sleep when baby sleeps

The old adage actually is true. It may not be much at first or for a very long stretch, but take the opportunity to rest while your little one slumbers.

New Mommy Care Sleep Priority

Make it a priority

Protect your schedule and know that right now, sleep is more important than chores.

New Mommy Care Sleep Lights

Lights out

Arrange your bedroom or rest area in a way that is sleep-conducive for you – a quiet space and perhaps some eyeshades for napping during the day.