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Postpartum: First 6 Weeks After Childbirth - Postpartum Checkup

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 postpartum depression.

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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.

    This information is produced and provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National Cancer Institute via the Internet web site at http:// cancer .gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: November 13, 2013
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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