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New moms: Take care of yourself so you can take care of your baby

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Congratulations on your baby!

Right now you may be overwhelmed with feelings of joy – and terror. Having a new baby to care for brings on lots of worries, and that’s normal. But try to relax. There’s time to bond with your baby, and time to learn what works for you – and your family.

First, try to manage your stress, take care of your mental health and eat well. Sleep is going to be tough to come by over the next few months with a newborn, so it's important to take care of yourself as much as you can.

That may mean taking care of those typical life stresses - like ensuring you have consistent medical care, stable housing, financial support and safe relationships. There are resources in the community that can help if you need back up.

If you're pregnant, reach out to Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies.

If you have a newborn, contact HomeSafe or 2-1-1.

Next, try to build a support system of family and/or friends before having your baby. They can help when you need a break or a shoulder to cry on or need someone trusted to watch the baby so you can take a much-deserved nap.

If you are new to the area and don't have a support system, you can reach out to Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies. Their Circle of Moms support groups are a great resources. You can also reach out to HomeSafe. Both organizations are funded by Children's Services Council of Palm Beach County and are here to help expecting families and those with young children.

Children's Services Council of Palm Beach County


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