Postpartum: First 6 Weeks After Childbirth
Your doctor will want to see you for a checkup 2 to 6 weeks after delivery. This visit allows for your doctor or midwife to check on your recovery from childbirth and see how you are doing emotionally. You may have a pelvic exam to make sure that you are healing well. If you had a C-section, your doctor will check your incision.
Your doctor or midwife will talk with you about birth control and find out how you're doing with breast-feeding. He or she also will ask about your moods and check you for signs of Reference postpartum depression Opens New Window.
This visit is also a good time to talk to your doctor about anything you are concerned or curious about.
- Keep a list of questions to bring to your
postpartum visit. Your questions might be about:
- Changes in your breasts, such as lumps or soreness.
- When to expect your menstrual period to start again.
- What form of birth control is best for you.
- Weight you have put on during the pregnancy.
- Exercise options.
- What foods and drinks are best for you, especially if you are breast-feeding.
- Problems you might be having with breast-feeding.
- When you can have sex. Some women may want to talk about lubricants for the vagina.
- Any feelings of sadness or restlessness that you are having.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference November 2, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Kirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology