The postpartum period begins after the birth of the baby and ends when the mother’s body returns to its pre-pregnant state. This period usually lasts six to eight weeks. Often the mother focuses all of her energy in the care of her newborn baby, while not allowing herself to rest and recover physically and emotionally after childbirth. New mothers need lots of rest, good nutrition and plenty of help during the first few weeks. Doing so will help the new mother regain energy and strength she needs to fully recover.