How do you make time for yourself when you have a baby? Postpartum Recovery

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When you're a new mom, it's nearly impossible to find time for yourself. Learn what an expert recommends and how other moms have figured out how to care for a newborn and still find at least a few minutes for themselves.

Call in Some Help

"A new mom can benefit from having a dedicated and trusted family member, friend, or baby nurse in the first weeks after having a baby. This allows you time to take a peaceful shower, walk outside, eat lunch, or even get a blow-out with less anxiety about caring for or leaving your little one. New mommy groups are also helpful. These meetings can minimize 'cabin fever' and bring together new mothers to share stories about breastfeeding, soiled diapers, and sleepless nights. The company helps...

"A new mom can benefit from having a dedicated and trusted family member, friend, or baby nurse in the first weeks after having a baby. This allows you time to take a peaceful shower, walk outside, eat lunch, or even get a blow-out with less anxiety about caring for or leaving your little one. New mommy groups are also helpful. These meetings can minimize 'cabin fever' and bring together new mothers to share stories about breastfeeding, soiled diapers, and sleepless nights. The company helps you realize that you're not alone during this challenging time."  -- Kameelah Phillips, MD, OB/GYN, AdvantageCare Physicians, New York, NY

Take Turns With Your Partner

"My husband watches the kids, so I have time to get out with friends or do things that are important to me. If he weren't so supportive, it would be more difficult. What's hard for us is finding a babysitter so we can get out together!"

Wake Up Before the Baby

"My best chance of getting time for myself is to wake up early, ideally between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m. My daughter is usually asleep around that time and my husband keeps an eye on her for me."

Get the Kids in on the Fun

"I learned to love things I can do with my daughter. When she's playing, I sit beside her and crochet. I put music on and dance with my daughter in the kitchen while we bake."

Take What You Can Get

"Shower time is my 'me' time right now. This last week, though, I have been spoiled -- I got my hair done this weekend and nails last night. So, so nice!"

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