Time for You
"One of the most important elements to include in your routine as a new mother is time for yourself," Phillips says. "Ultimately, you'll be a better parent to your baby if you take a minimum of 15 minutes twice a day to read or relax." Phillips also advocates making room in your schedule for participating in a new-mothers' group. "It forces you to get out and socialize with other women who understand what you're going through," she explains. And, of course, finding time for exercise is always a good idea. Not only does it help you drop the pregnancy weight but it also helps fend off postpartum blues.