PANDA National Helpline (Monday to Saturday) 1300 726 306

HomeArticlesWellbeing and self care

Wellbeing and self-care

Self-care tips for expecting and new parents

Mum holding baby up and kissing on the cheek

Having a baby is life-changing. It can deliver a lot of love, joy and fulfilment but it can also create demands and responsibilities that feel relentless, difficult and scary.

Sometimes, parents have difficulty adjusting to the many physical, emotional, psychological and social challenges of parenting.

On the helpline, we hear from parents who are consumed by caring for their children and doing a wonderful job of it. But self-care has become a low priority.

We know that the stress, interrupted sleep and 24-hour demands can take their toll. But they become more manageable when we are able to care for and nurture ourselves too.

Some aspects of self-care are covered here, including sleep, diet, exercise, time out and social supports.

Helpful Information

Mum seeing doctor with baby
Talking to your doctor
Read More

1

Sleep

2

Eating

3

Exercise and getting outdoors

4

Social network

5

Time out

6

Mental health / professional support

Mental health checklist

How are you going?

Everyone’s experience of pregnancy, birth and parenting is unique and brings different rewards and challenges. Our mental health checklist can help you to see if what you’re experiencing or observing in a loved one could be reason to seek help.

Checklist for

Expecting Mums
Expecting Dads and Non-birth Parents
New Mums
New Dads and Non-birth Parents
Partners and Carers

Wellbeing and self care factsheet
Download PDF

Related Articles

all articles

Was this page helpful?

Please Tell us more

PANDA acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land where we work and live. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging. We celebrate the stories, culture and traditions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders of all communities who also work and live on this land.

At PANDA, we embrace the power of diversity through inclusion. We strive to foster belonging and empowerment at work. We create relevant messaging and marketing for our diverse consumers. We listen and engage with our diverse communities. And we value collaboration with our diverse suppliers.

Reconciliation Action Plan

Stay in the loop

Stay up to date by subscribing to PANDA's e-newsletter. Containing personal stories, research, inspiration and more.

Get support
Expecting a babyNew ParentsGrowing FamiliesDadsLanguages other than English
Registered-charity-logoNSMHS-logo

While PANDA has exercised due care in ensuring the accuracy of the material contained on this website, the information is made available on the basis that PANDA is not providing professional advice on a particular matter. This website is not a substitute for independent professional advice. Nothing contained in this website is intended to be used as medical advice, nor should it be used as a substitute for your own health professional's advice.

Privacy policy
Structured Content powered by Sanity.io
© PANDA 2024
Structured Content powered by Sanity.io
Quick Exit Site

How are you going?

Everyone’s experience of pregnancy, birth and parenting is unique and brings different rewards and challenges. Our mental health checklist can help you to see if what you’re experiencing or observing in a loved one could be a reason to seek help.