Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Postpartum Check-up

Your first checkup will be scheduled about four to six weeks after delivery. Your postpartum check up may include the following:

Blood Pressure
Your blood pressure will be checked to see if it is normal.

Your blood may be checked to make sure you don't have "low blood" (anemia).

Breast Examination
Your breasts will be checked for lumps and nipple problems. Ask how to check your own breasts. If you are breastfeeding, your breasts may feel firm and full.

Vagina and Cervix
You will be checked for healing, muscle tone and abnormal bleeding. A pap smear may be done.

The size and shape of your uterus will be checked. Your uterus should be much smaller now. It will never be as small as before you were pregnant.

Abdominal Exam
Your muscle tone will be checked. If you had a C-section, your incision will also be checked for healing.

Menstrual Cycle
Most women ovulate (release an egg) before they have their first period. You can get pregnant the first time you ovulate. You can also get pregnant before you have a period. If you are nursing, your first period may be delayed for several weeks or months.

Birth control is needed before your first period. You will choose a method of birth control at this visit, if you haven't already done so.

Psychosocial Changes
Your feelings and your partner's feelings may change. Talk to each other about the changes you are experiencing since your pregnancy.

Having a new baby is stressful; find time for yourself. You deserve a break !

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