Postpartum Exam Basics
Now that you're getting used to life with a newborn, it's time to give your post-pregnancy body some attention. Although a spa day would be nice, it's a postpartum exam that you'll need to schedule first. From questions about your emotions to details about the pelvic exam, get the rundown on what to expect at your postpartum checkup.
What your physician wants to cover
A postpartum checkup usually is scheduled with your gynecologist or midwife four to six weeks after you give birth. The purpose of a postpartum checkup is to check on your emotional and physical wellbeing, as well as your physical care in the future. "The postpartum checkup is important for several reasons," explains Obstetrician and Gynecologist Lawrence K. Koning of drkoning.com. "First and foremost, to make sure the uterus has returned to normal size and the tissues are healing well. And, most importantly, to discuss the many different options of birth control."
Your health care provider may also:
What to expect during your postpartum exam
During your physical exam, your doctor will check your weight, blood pressure and signs that your body is returning to its pre-pregnancy state:
Postpartum checkup details before you leave
Before you bid your postpartum checkup adieu, be sure your OB/GYN has:
Between the time your baby arrives and your postpartum exam, make a list of questions or concerns you have for your physician to ensure nothing will be missed. However, even when you know what to expect at your postpartum checkup, pressing issues or questions that arise before your appointment may warrant you dialing up your doctor, so do not wait to give him a call with your concerns.
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