2.2.2 Rest and recovery for the mother
Pregnancy, labour, delivery and care of the newborn are strenuous and stressful; the mother needs sufficient rest to recover. She also needs information about when it is safe for her to resume her normal activity. Tell her that she may resume some household activities within two or three days of the birth, as long as she experiences no pain or discomfort. The key to resuming normal activity is not to do too much one day so she feels completely exhausted the next day.