New-Parent Primer

How to survive the first few weeks

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(HealthDayNews) -- The first few weeks as a first-time parent can make you long for the relatively peaceful days of your pregnancy. Sleep deprivation, anxiety, and a crying infant can run you ragged.

Here are some tips from the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia:

  • Rest at every opportunity.
  • Don't be shy about asking others for help.
  • Don't play hostess. Even if there are visitors, feel free to excuse yourself to rest or feed the baby.
  • Take your baby for short walks in the neighborhood. It will help soothe your infant to sleep and lift your mood.
  • Eat nutritious meals and snacks.

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