6 Week Postpartum Check Up

New Mum with Baby

POSTPARTUM CARE

After many visits to the doctors and hospital during your nine months of pregnancy there is one important appointment, the 6 week check-up which must not be missed.
 
This postpartum care is important. Your doctor will want to make sure you are healing well and will also want to know how you are coping with looking after your newborn baby.  
 
During your 6 weeks check-up you should expect to have:
  • Your blood pressure and weight checked
  • A pelvic and breast exam
  • The healing of your episiotomy, perineum, vagina and cervix checked
  • Your uterus checked to see it has returned to a non-pregnant size
  • Your incision looked at (if you had a caesarean) to check it has healed well and your stitches checked (if applicable).
The doctor may also want to ask you what birth control methods you are considering and how you are adapting to life with a new baby. If you are breastfeeding they may also ask whether you have had any problems with your breasts or lactation and they will also ask if you are having problems urinating and if so may ask for a sample.
 
You may also have questions of your own and the 6 weeks postpartum appointment is a good opportunity to ask them as it may be sometime before your next visit. Some questions you may have could be:
  • When can I start driving again?
  • How can I ease back into my first sexual experience after giving birth?
  • When can I go back to work?
  • How can I get relief from varicose veins/ haemorrhoids/other problems?
If you have feelings of depression after the arrival of your newborn you may also want to discuss these with your doctor.

Your 6 week postpartum check-up is the ideal time to raise any questions or concerns you may have and to gain reassurance that you are coping and recovering well following the birth of your baby.