So you’re about 6 weeks, give or take, from the date you had your baby and now it is time to check in with your doctor or midwife for your postpartum care visit. For those wondering what to expect at this 6 week postpartum appointment, here is a quick run down for what to expect after having a vaginal delivery.
You arrive at your appointment and you will find that the same tests they ran for you at the beginning of each prenatal appointment will be conducted today. You can expect to get your blood pressure taken, urine sample taken, weighed in, finger pricked, etc. This is just to get a bigger picture of your general health.
You will probably receive a survey to take to check your mental health since giving birth. The questions are centered around finding out if you have feelings of anxiety, sadness, or anger. This is to make sure mom isn’t showing any signs of postpartum depression so be honest in your answers.
Once you are back in the exam room, you’ll be asked to get undressed and to put on a gown. Your doctor or midwife will do a full pelvic exam to make sure you are healed and your uterus is shrinking down to its original size; and if you’re due for one, they will perform a Pap smear as well. They will also do a breast exam and if you are breastfeeding, they may check your nipples for cracks and blisters.
Assuming your exam goes well, your doctor will give you the green light for extracurricular activities (like sex and working out). At this point your doctor may discuss birth control options with you. I suggest you do your own research on what birth control you would like to use beforehand so that you can ask any questions you may have.
Getting Back to You
After the physical exam is complete, your doctor may ask you further questions about your mental health and how you are getting along with having the baby at home. Again, be honest in this discussion. If you are feeling overwhelmed or sad, say that. Your doctor is only there to help you and it is important to get help early on if needed.
Since bringing your baby home there has been a lot of changes in your body. This postpartum doctor visit is meant to provide you with information and clarity about your postpartum journey so be sure to take this time and ask any and all of the questions you may have to your provider.