5 Ways to Catch Some Extra ZZZs on Maternity Leave


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Communicate

Make time to talk to your husband about how things are going -- he may be able to help more so you can get the rest you need.
Make time to talk to your husband about how things are going -- he may be able to help more so you can get the rest you need.
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Time spent with your husband is as important as that with the new addition to your family. If you aren't getting the rest you need, your husband should know, and perhaps he can come up with a solution that better fits your family's needs.

Set aside a time to communicate about how your days have been going. Learn if there are ways the two of you can improve the quality of each other's routines. Sharing your feelings -- especially about the postpartum changes you're experiencing -- can lift some of the weight from your shoulders. Your entire familial structure has changed, and coming to terms with that may help you sleep easier.

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