Look after yourself after you have a baby

With the arrival of a new baby or any major change to your life, it can sometimes impact your health and wellbeing.

Life does not always happen in a way we would see as ideal, but it’s important as a new mum or dad that you try to get some rest, eat well, be active and look after your mental health.

Consider nutrition, rest, exercise and routine as investments in your physical and mental health that will support you and your family as you journey through the early years.


Eating a variety of healthy foods is key to a well balanced diet and good nutrition. See Healthy Living.


Sleep is essential for your health. It refreshes the mind and repairs the body. Parents of young children often experience sleep deprivation. See information about sleep.


Regular physical activity has many positive effects on the body and mind. See Keeping active.

Mental health

You can support your wellbeing by doing small things to stay in touch with family and friends, and speaking to your doctor if you feel something's not quite right. Read more about looking after your own and your family's wellbeing. If you feel as though you're really struggling, explore some options for getting support.