Your Six Weeks Postpartum Checkup
   

Your Six Weeks Postpartum Checkup

woman with baby postpartum

During your six-week postpartum visit you can expect to have, in addition to a typical physical exam, a pelvic exam, a breast exam and a pap smear as well.  Your doctor will check to ensure that your uterus is near to its pre-pregnancy state and if a C-Section occurred, ensure that your incision is healing properly.  In addition, the doctor will more than likely check your thyroid gland since it is accountable for producing needed hormones during pregnancy and can become inflamed or oversized.  

Your doctor may also perform other testing such as blood work specific to screening for anemia and inquire as to whether or not you have been experiencing issues with hemorrhoids, incontinence or constipation.  It is imperative, at this visit, that you discuss with your doctor any pains, soreness or any other issues you may be experiencing. Also, a discussion on sexual activities going forward is beneficial.

Birth Control Discussions

At this visit, your doctor will discuss birth control options with you. Breastfeeding can have an impact on the options available so be sure to apprise your doctor of your breastfeeding status.  Though some hormonal methods for birth control may be limited because of your milk supply, there are still a number of other options available, including:

  • Condoms
  • Injectable birth control
  • Birth control pills
  • Intrauterine Devices
  • Diaphragms

For those Moms looking to become pregnant again sooner rather than later, this would be the ideal time and visit to discuss timelines with your doctor. Your body needs time to recover after childbirth, so doctors will often recommend that you wait at least a few months before attempting to get pregnant again.

Discussions About Your Recent Labor and Delivery

At this post-partum visit you may want to discuss any questions or concerns you have about your delivery and labor. Your doctor can help you understand how your recent labor and delivery can impact any future pregnancies and births. Typically, during your regular prenatal visits you are more focused on your current state, the health of your baby and your overall health which is why a postpartum visit can be quite beneficial to you.

Mental Health Discussions

Postpartum depression is a very serious issue.  With that said, your doctor will perform a specialized screening to ensure that you are not suffering with any mental health issues following the birth of your child. The doctor will inquire as to how you are bonding with your newest family addition and discuss your many emotions at this office visit. You should be candid when speaking with your doctor sharing any feelings of anxiety, depression, fear or nervousness.  Your doctor will be able to prescribe personalized therapies or even anti-anxiety or antidepressant medications if needed.

Moving on with Life Without your OBGYN

When the end of your prenatal care occurs, you may feel a bit strange and even abandoned.  After all, you have spent a great deal of time over the last nine months with your OBGYN doctor and saying goodbye could be quite a struggle for you. You may want to bring in a photo of your baby and have it shared on the birth announcement wall at your doctor’s office or may even want to visit and show off your precious little one.

We Are Here for You

Here at Riverside Medical Group our dedicated team of doctors, nurses and specialists take pride in our top of the line breastfeeding and prenatal classes we offer all our valued clients.  Patients can feel right at home with our staff, asking any questions they may have, and sharing any concerns. Being a new Mom can be quite scary, but no need to be when you put your trust in our team of professionals. Why not take advantage of our free prenatal/breastfeeding classes today!