Asking for help post-birth

This is no time to be heroic: accept offers of help when you need to!

That might include a friend who offers to do the laundry, your mother-in-law who brings in a few prepared meals, or your partner who offers to look after your baby while you have a nap. If no one offers to pitch in during the early days, or if you live far from family, consider hiring a doula (a specially trained mother's helper) or a housekeeper.

If hiring someone is not an option, simplify and cut down on chores. For example, instead of cooking a meal each night, simply cook extra to have again another night.