It's important to look after yourself as well as your new baby and don't be afraid to ask for help if you feel overwhelmed. Being a new parent can be daunting, its normal to feel a mix of emotions. Giving birth also affects your physical health and recovery will take time. In this section you can find more information on keeping you and your baby healthy during the first year.
Recovering from birth
Visit Bump, Birth and Beyond to find out more about the first weeks with your new baby and care you will receive from the midwifery services. Recovery after birth will take time depending on the type of birth you had, even with a straight forward vaginal birth you will need time heal. It's important to let your body recover.
Even if your birth was uncomplicated, you may be finding adjusting to becoming a parent to your newborn a struggle at times. If things were difficult in
About 30,000 people have a traumatic birth in the UK each year. Instead of their pregnancy and birth being joyful and a happy event, their experience of
Health visitors ask every parent about their mental health and wellbeing, how they are feeling and coping with their new baby at every visit, and a longer
You can find more support in our mental wellbeing section including a recording of local mothers talking about their experiences with mental health
You can also talk to a trained and caring team 24/7 via the Release the Pressure service. Text the word 'Kent' to 85258 or call freephone 0800 107 0160.
Getting through those early weeks and months can be tough with a new baby. Even as your child gets older you'll probably find you have less time to prioritise your own needs - a healthy diet, exercise and sleep can all get disrupted. If you can, talk to your partner about ways you can both have some time and space as well as enjoy quality time together. Keeping yourself fit and well is important for your family - you can't pour from an empty cup.
Take your baby out for a walk or head to the park, you'll both enjoy it. Catch up on sleep when you can. Accept help from your family and friends - taking a break occasionally or getting support with chores will give you more time and energy to dedicate to bonding with your baby. Having a baby means facing new challenges and you might feel like you could be doing a better job. Be kind to yourself - you'll get more confident each day. Keep talking to your partner and share that emotional load - you're both adjusting to being parents and supporting each other through that will help your relationship flex and stay strong.
Your pelvic floor muscles work hard during pregnancy and come under a lot of strain during childbirth. You can strengthen these muscles by doing pelvic floor exercises to reduce or avoid stress incontinence after pregnancy.
You can find local support below.