The Importance of Postpartum Check-Ups
A postpartum checkup is a visit with your physician or midwife after having a baby to ensure you are recovering well from pregnancy and birth. This is an important part of the fourth trimester for long-term health and well-being. A postpartum checkup should happen 3-6 weeks after giving birth and needs to be high on your priority list even if you are feeling well.
After giving birth, it may feel like life is now all about your baby. It is important to take time for your own health and care to make sure you are able to provide your baby with the level of emotional and physical care they need. Our bodies go through changes both physically and emotionally throughout pregnancy and checking back in with your provider after birth is essential.
The type of birth you had does not change the importance of this visit. A postpartum checkup is important for vaginal births and operative deliveries, regardless of neonatal outcome. While the visit itself may look a little different for each person, the goal is still the same, to take care of the whole person, mentally and physically. The team at Women’s Care will answer your questions, provide support for your concerns and offer resources for additional services if needed.
There are a wide range of topics that can be covered during a postpartum checkup including:
- Breastfeeding & lactation
- Birth control
- Physical & emotional changes
- Mental health
- Checks of c-section incision, uterus, cervix, and vagina
- When you can safely resume sex and/or exercise
- Follow up on any health conditions that presented in pregnancy
- And more
“The Fourth Trimester is just as important as the first, second and third trimesters! Adjusting to life as the parent of a new baby can have its challenges, and Women’s Care is with you every step of the way!“ says Dr. Brooke Kyle, Women’s Care physician.
Let the team at Women’s Care provide you with the tools you need to enter into this next phase successfully and set the stage for what is next. Postpartum appointments with your Women’s Care physician or midwife are offered in person or via Telehealth, if you prefer an online visit. Contact us today to learn more about the services we offer or to schedule an appointment.