What to Expect at Your Postpartum Appointment

What to Expect at Your Postpartum Check-Up

Posted on 14. Mar, 2012 by in Birth, Doctor's Visits, Labor & Delivery, newborn, Pregnancy Education

After you deliver your child, you will then be seen by your doctor or midwife anywhere from 4-6 weeks postpartum to ensure that you are healing correctly from your labor.

If you delivered via C-section, then you will be seen sooner than the 4-6 weeks so that the doctor can examine your incision to correctly identify that it’s healing appropriately.

Here is what you can expect from your postpartum appointment.

Discussions:

- You’ll go over your birth, how you delivered and your feelings about the delivery overall.

- What type of physical symptoms you’re having (if any). These can include things like: aches, pains, uterine contractions, bleeding of any kind, breast pain, and pain going to the bathroom.

- The doctor will ask you about your emotional health. How are you feeling about your baby, your own mental state, how your family is adjusting, and the overall effect that adjusting to motherhood is having on you and your family.

- If you’re breastfeeding or bottle feeding.

- Your options for birth control if you wish to go on any at this point.

- If it’s okay to resume sexual relations with your partner. If you have healed correctly, this shouldn’t be an issue at the six week mark.

- Your diet and exercise overall.


Physical Examination:

- Check your weight and blood pressure.

- Check on your abdomen. They’ll be feeling for tenderness, firmness, and overall healing from labor.

- Examine your breasts – looking for tenderness, firmness, dry or cracked nipples, and any abnormal discharge.

- Check your external genitalia. If you had an episiotomy or stitches, they’ll be checking to make sure everything healed correctly.

- Also, a speculum exam will be done. Your cervix and vagina will be examined for any bruises, tears, or scratches and how they are healing. If you’re due for a Pap smear, one will be done at this time.

- An internal pelvic exam will be done as well to check and make sure that your uterus is shrinking appropriately.

- Any lab tests your doctor feels are necessary will be ordered.

- If you’re behind on any immunizations, those will be discussed.

  • It’s important that you write down any concerns that you’ve been having about your body since the birth of your child. This postpartum appointment is the best time to go over them.

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