Your body goes through many changes, even after you give birth. It begins to heal and get used to not being pregnant. This period is known as the postpartum period. Your doctor will call you for a checkup between 4 to 6 weeks postpartum- that is, 4-6 weeks after you deliver.
Your doctor will perform some examinations, 6 weeks postpartum, to check your overall physical as well as emotional health after child birth. During your physical exam, your doctor will:
- Check your weight and blood pressure
- Check your abdomen to feel your belly for tenderness. In case you’ve had a C-Section, she’ll check your incision.
- Examine your breasts for lumps, tenderness, redness, and cracked nipples or abnormal discharge.
- Inspect your external genitalia, including your perineum. If you had an episiotomy, your doctor will check to see if it has healed.
- Do an internal pelvic exam to feel your uterus and check if it has shrunk appropriately. Your doctor may also feel your cervix and ovaries to identify any problems and check your vaginal muscle tone. She may also do a rectal exam.
- Do a speculum exam to look at your vagina and cervix, and to check to see if any bruises, scratches or tears have healed. Your doctor will also do a Pap smear during the speculum exam if needed.
Your healthcare provider will also discuss other things with you. Here’s what you should discuss with your doctor during the 6 weeks postpartum checkup:
- Talk about any issues that you may have faced in the past six weeks. It is better to write them down before you meet your doctor as it may be impossible to remember everything.
- Your doctor is likely to talk to you about contraceptives and birth control options at this point of time.
- You must discuss certain physical symptoms with your doctors, such as whether you’re still bleeding, or having abdominal discomfort, vaginal or perineal pain, urinary or anal incontinence, or breast pain.
- If you’re breastfeeding, discuss how it’s going.
- It is important to discuss your emotional health at this point in time. Your doctor might want to know about any emotional problems you may be facing. It is important to talk if you’re feeling overwhelmed, anxious, or depressed.
- You can also discuss whether it is okay to start having sex again. Your doctor will most likely give you a go-ahead but if you’re not ready, don’t worry. Take as much time as you need.
Your doctor will also discuss diet and exercises that might be beneficial for your overall health and recovery.
If you feel that you need to see your doctor before the scheduled 6 week postpartum checkup, do not hesitate and call up for a visit. Should you decide to choose KIMS Cuddles for your delivery, we will ensure we’re always available to answer any of your queries.
*The opinions expressed in this article are not to be substituted for medical advice under any circumstance