Your recovery is important, so take care of yourself. Rely on your team and reach out for help and connection.
The most important task of early parenting is taking care of yourself. Your recovery is the most important thing! You can’t take care of a baby unless you are taking good care of yourself. It might feel weird to put yourself first, but it’s actually the best way to make sure you’ll be there for your baby in the long run.
This is the time to rely on your team for practical things like meals, chores like laundry and dishes, and babysitting, while you attend a meeting, go to an appointment, or take a nap! Your team can also help with support in managing all of the emotions that come with being a parent in recovery.
In addition to your team, use formal supports, too. Check out our Resources Section for specific places to get help with recovery and parenting. Parent groups, childcare, Early Intervention, and Family Resource Centers are good places to start. Ask the hospital social worker or your treatment provider, if you have one, for other ideas.
You are starting the brave and brilliant work of motherhood. By reaching out for help and connection now, you are building the supports you’ll need to be a successful parent in recovery for years to come. You are doing this courageous work for yourself, for your child, and for the women who come after you.