I just had a baby!
Having a baby is an experience that transforms your life. While you may be a bit busy right now, it is important to think about your health so you can take good care of your baby. Your health now is central to the health of your baby. It is important to wait at least 18 months before having your next baby so that your body has time to rest, you have time to bond with your baby and you'll be prepared to experience the joys of motherhood all over again.
Things you'll want to think about now are what birth control method will you use to prevent another pregnancy very quickly? Were there health issues during your pregnancy that you need to follow up on like gestational diabetes? Do you need help with breastfeeding or nutrition support? How can you make sure your body, mind and environment give you and your baby their best shot at a healthy productive life? I know it is a lot to think about, but we have some information below that will help!
It's best for your baby:
Breast milk is filled with the vitamins and nutrients that your baby needs. It builds your baby's immune system and helps her brain develop.
Breast milk is easier to digest than formula, resulting in less spit-up and diarrhea.
Breastfed babies are less likely to become obese later in life.
Breastfed babies are less likes to get infections and to develop SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome), asthma, diabetes and other chronic conditions.
Check out these videos of real mothers talking about their experiences breastfeeding. Click Here
It's best for you:
Breastfeeding helps your body recover from pregnancy and labor - shrinking your uterus back to size and reducing bleeding after birth.
Breastfeeding lowers your risk of getting diabetes, ovarian cancer and some forms of breast cancer.
Breastfeeding helps you bond with your baby.
Breastfeeding saves time and money. No bottles need to be washed and sterilized, and no formula needs to be bought.
Here is a helpful Mother's Guide to Breast Feeding
If you had problems during your pregnancy or delivered a baby needing special care, such as a premature baby, you may be at risk of having the same problems with a future pregnancy. This is especially true if you get pregnant again too soon. Be sure to talk to your health care provider about ways to prevent future problems for you and your baby in your next pregnancy. Talk about what education, counseling, and other help is available to get you ready for your next pregnancy.
Me? Have another baby? Preconception Health
¿Yo? ¿Tener otro bebé? Salud pregestacional
Maintaining a healthy weight prior to becoming pregnant is important to a healthy pregnancy outcome. Women who are overweight or underweight when they become pregnant are more likely to have a low birth weight or preterm birth. For more information about the importance of eating healthy please click the link below:
Make Better Food Choices
Immunizations are the safest way to protect your children from many diseases that could hurt or even kill. Keep a record of all immunizations and take it with you when you visit healthcare professionals. Be sure to ask whether your child’s immunizations are up-to-date.
New York State Health Department - Immunizations
Videos and links:
Early Help Makes a Difference...Young Children learn and develop differently. One baby may walk earlier than another, while another baby might talk first. Often, these differences will even out. But some children will need extra help.
Look for signs that your infant or toddler might need extra help. Early Help makes a difference!! If your child does have a problem, the earlier you get help, the better.
Follow the link below for more information and a Checklist for Growing Children
and a video on Child Development
For more info and assistance:
Suffolk County Department of Health Services Division of Services for Children with Special Needs