Ready to Stretch Your Legs?

It's been 3 weeks and you’ve already learned so much about caring for your new baby. With all the attention you’re giving your baby, be sure to take good care of yourself, too.

If you haven’t started exercising yet, you may want to do some simple exercises this week, beginning with the Kegel exercises you learned in your childbirth classes. Gentle stretches and walking will help ease you back into shape.

You may also wish to venture out to a movie or dinner, or just a walk in the park. Newborns are usually easy and portable companions, if tucked in a front pack or sling. If you do use a sling, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission warns that, to avoid suffocation hazards, make sure you place your baby’s face at or above the rim of the sling, so you can see each other.

Be aware of any signs of fatigue, and avoid doing too much too soon. If you are recovering from a C-section, take extra care to rest and allow your body to heal.

Disclaimer: This page is not intended to provide medical advice about your child. Always seek the advice of a physician, qualified healthcare provider or child-development specialist with any questions you have about your child's health, medical condition or development. Never disregard, avoid or delay contacting a doctor or other qualified professional because of something you read here.

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