New Mom Checkup
Going to the Doctor After Delivery
The weeks after you give birth are important for you and your baby. Even if you had an easy childbirth and are feeling great, you should see your doctor or midwife 3-8 weeks after delivery. This postpartum visit will help you continue to make healthy progress. Make an appointment today!
Why Between 3 and 8 Weeks?
All moms should see their doctor or midwife between 3 and 8 weeks after delivery. During the first weeks after having your baby, your body begins to recover. You begin to adjust to not being pregnant. This is also a great time to start bonding with your baby and setting up a routine.
It may take about 6 weeks to feel like you did before your pregnancy. It could take longer if you had a C-section delivery. Visiting your provider for a postpartum check-up between 3 and 8 weeks after giving birth helps make sure your body is healing well.
If you did have a C-section, your doctor may want to see you before 3 weeks to check your stitches. You should still go back for your postpartum visit between 3 and 8 weeks after giving birth.
10 Reasons to See Your Doctor or Midwife After Your Baby Arrives:
- Bringing a new baby home can change your life in many ways. It can be very emotional. Your doctor or midwife is the perfect person to talk to about how you’re feeling.
- With a new baby, you may have less time for YOU. At your postpartum visit, you can talk to your doctor or midwife about any help that you may need. You can also talk about the services that are available to help you. For instance, you can ask about help to stop smoking – or help staying quit if you’ve already stopped.
- Even if you have had other children, caring for a newborn is always a different experience. While you were in the hospital, you had help bathing and changing your baby. Now that you’re at home, you may have new questions about caring for your baby. Your doctor or midwife can help.
- Many moms have questions or concerns about breastfeeding. Your doctor or midwife can answer these questions.
- Even if you are breastfeeding, your monthly periods will return in the weeks after you give birth. At your postpartum check-up, your doctor or midwife will explain what to expect and answer any questions about having sex after childbirth.
- Remember, if you are not using birth control, you can become pregnant, even if you are breastfeeding. Discuss your plans for birth control and family planning with your doctor or midwife. They can help you with your options.
- Your body has gone through many changes during nine months of pregnancy, and then during delivery. During your postpartum visit, your doctor or midwife will make sure that your body is healing well.
- Your doctor or midwife will ask you how you feel after you have your baby. Many mothers feel tired and sad after giving birth. However, sometimes these feelings can worsen and go on too long. Be sure to talk about this with your doctor or midwife. It could be a sign of postpartum depression. Postpartum depression can get better with treatment.
- You may have had a medical problem before your pregnancy (like asthma or diabetes). Or you may have a new one that began during your pregnancy. During your postpartum visit, your doctor or midwife will check your overall health.
- Eating right and getting exercise are very important for moms. Your doctor or midwife will help you choose the right foods and get back in shape. This will give you the energy you need to care for yourself, your baby and other family members.