Activity During the First Two Weeks

Gradually increase your daily activity so that in about two weeks you are leading a fairly normal life. We recommend daily rest periods during this time. You may shower, bathe or wash your hair at any time after the birth of your baby. During your first six weeks, avoid hard work. It may be desirable that the number of visitors is kept to a minimum during the first two weeks; it may cause undue fatigue for you and may be detrimental to your baby’s health. You may take short trips if you desire. If long automobile rides are necessary, you should stop and get out of the car at frequent intervals. The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) provides certain employees with up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave per year.