What To Expect: 6 Week Postpartum Check Up
To continue with our Taylor Made Doulas What to Expect series, we have made it through the first 6 weeks of life with a new baby. Everything has been about the child’s wants and needs and mom had to squeeze time in there for herself to ensure a healthy postpartum recovery.
Taylor Made Doulas will guide you through what to expect at your 6 week postpartum check up with your health care professional.
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It is highly important you have your 6 week postpartum visit with your doctor to go over your state of well being both physically and mentally. This visit, much like your first few lengthy prenatal appointments, cover the basics to identify your needs going forward. Taylor Made Doulas recommends bringing any paperwork you may need to fill out for maternity leave and jot down a few questions or concerns you have for your doctor prior to the visit so you don’t forget to inquire about something that may be on your mind.
Whether you gave birth vaginally or via c-section, there are specific things your doctor will be checking for during this exam.
Some of these routine checks include a weight and blood pressure check, an internal pelvic exam and a breast exam to feel for lumps, redness, cracked and sore nipples from pumping/breastfeeding or any unusual discharge.
If you are breastfeeding, your doctor will want to know how well it is or isn’t going and discuss any concerns you may have about it.
If you had a vaginal delivery, any repairs that had been made will be inspected to ensure they have healed properly.
If you delivered your baby via c-section, your incision will be inspected to see how far along the healing process has come and make sure there is no risk of infection.
During your internal exam, your doctor will be checking your uterus which should have shrunk back down to it’s appropriate size.
Your health care provider wants to know how you are dealing with the emotional demands of motherhood.
Your doctor will ask about your home life, the routine you may be trying to settle into and how much time you are allotting for self care. Now is a good time to also talk about your relationship with your significant other, the possibility to begin having sex again, methods of birth control and how you are handling parenting together.
You can also take advantage of this time to ask your doctor about implementing an exercise routine. Exercise is an important part of a healthy recovery but you must be extra careful not to over exert yourself during the healing process. Have a conversation about the do’s and don’ts for exercise after giving birth.
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Your caregiver will update you on any vaccinations you might need at this time and order any necessary lab work. For some women this is needed due to anemia during pregnancy or gestational diabetes and your doctor will need blood work to fully evaluate your postpartum health.
All in all, you should be well on your way to a great first year of parenthood and taking any steps necessary to keep mom and baby healthy and happy.
Taylor Made Doulas offers postpartum doula support tailored to fit the needs of your family. If you feel as though you could use the extra support and would like to know what a postpartum doula can do for you, contact Taylor Made Doulas today!